Another era is coming to an end in Morgan. Wally’s Automotive will be closing its doors to business for the last time this week and Wally Kitchin will be entering a new phase of his life: retirement.
Wally came to work in Morgan in 1969 for Jack Olsen at Olsen Chevrolet, which was located on Commercial Street at the time. He purchased the old Chevron station from Henry Carter in 1974, when it was a full service, two-bay station.
“Many of us still remember driving up and getting our oil checked while getting our gas tanks filled back when gas was 60 cents a gallon,” said Deanna Shaw, who currently mans the front desk for Kitchin among a million other things. In 1978, Wally purchased land and built what has been known as “Wally’s” ever since.
As the years have gone by, many friendships have been made working on vehicles through four generations of families. The time has come for Kitchin to concentrate on his own family and enjoy spending time with his wife, Sue.
Kitchin and his staff would like to thank the Morgan community for their support. “The memories we have made will be forever treasured in our hearts. We will be gone from the shop, but hopefully not forgotten,” said Shaw through tear-filled eyes.
The property and building have been sold to Morgan-based and family-owned ICORR Technologies. ICORR is owned and operated by lifelong residents Kent and Cindy Carter, their son Kale Carter, his wife Shannon, and their daughter Katie and her husband Beau Peterson.
ICORR Technologies designs, installs, monitors and surveys sacrificial anode systems mostly on pipelines. They also work quite a bit in mines and for utility companies, mostly power plants and water treatment plants.
The company employs mostly Morgan County residents, and has additional offices in the Uintah Basin and Billings, Montana. Their customers include, Phillips 66, Kern River, Questar and Plains All American, all of which own pipelines that run through Morgan County.
ICORR believes in giving back to the community. They proudly support the Alzheimer’s Association, Boys and Girls Club of Ogden, Morgan’s Food Bank, as well as Morgan High School, including the Rodeo Club and volleyball. In addition, the family makes several private donations to families in need in their area.
The large shop behind the former Wally’s Automotive storefront will be used to house large equipment such as drilling rigs, backhoes and other big trucks. President of ICOOR Kent Carter said, “That’s the beauty of buying a shop like Wally’s: it is already set up so that we can repair equipment as needed.”
The storefront will be leased to Brian Kinnear, owner of Precision Complete Auto Repair. Kinnear will offer many of the same services that Kitchin offered. He was part-owner of Terrace Muffler and Auto Repair for seven years and sold his ownership in that business for the opportunity to be back home in Morgan. Kinnear will take over the shop on Monday and hopes residents will continue to bring their vehicles in for service. Customers can expect the same hometown, quality service from Kinnear they received from Kitchin.