Otto Gruss, Great Grandfather to Tye

The History of Professional Auto Body

Opened in 1973, Professional Auto Body Inc. began a tradition of service to its customers that continues stronger than ever before. Established by Ralph Gruss, and now owned and operated by his Son, Tye and his wife Laura. From motorcycles to automobiles, the Gruss Family has long had a love of anything automotive, and a desire to service them.

When Professional Auto Body, Inc. first opened in 1973, by Tye’s father Ralph Gruss, it was a small one man operation.  Utilizing a converted house, Ralph began to grow his business one customer at a time, seeking to provide quality service and customer satisfaction.


In 1979, Tye came to work for his father, learning the business from every aspect.  As the years passed and the business grew, changes were made to ensure the ability for continued growth and success, while never losing sight of the core value of quality and service.  Along the way as demand grew, qualified technicians became an important part of the business.

In 1997, Tye’s wife Laura joined the business as office manager, as Ralph Gruss began to think about retirement. Professional Auto Body, Inc. has since grown to employ more than 7 full and part time employees.

Over the years, as technology changed the way vehicles were repaired, Tye set out to keep Professional Auto Body, Inc. ahead of the game.  Computerized estimating systems, state of the art Paint Mixing Technology, down draft Spray Booth, and Laser Guided Measuring and Frame equipment, were all purchased to certify the proper repair of all customers’ vehicles. Tye continues to upgrade his repair equipment as necessary to ensure a proper and cost effective repair process.


In 1999, Professional Auto Body, Inc. had finally outgrown its original facility.  A new building was purchased 3 blocks from the original site, and construction began on the current 5,000 square foot plus facility. After 8 months of construction, all equipment was moved to the new facility, along with a new spray booth, scissor lift, and updated Laser Guided Measuring System.

Today, as Professional Auto Body continues to grow, Tye and Laura Gruss remain unceasing in their desire to keep the core value of Quality & Service that began so many years ago.