Back in 1956 Joe bought an old Henry J for $50. It was a flood vehicle that he used to take his kids fishing. Soon after, when Joe put that car in his yard to sell, he found that he could sell the motor for $100. That profitable transaction gave Joe the idea to start a salvage yard to supplement his income from his full-time job. Joe spent his days in the mill and his nights searching the town, looking for cars to buy. Little by little his inventory grew. In fact, it outgrew his yard so he had to move it down the road. Then again, in 1970, it was moved a few miles away to the business' present location on 20 acres on Route 68. Eventually, he was able to quit his day-job and focus completely on running the booming auto salvage business.