Arp Clock and Wood Shop was established in 1981 by Gregory and Jean Arp. Over the years the services offered have migrated with the changing economy, but the principle of providing excellent, honest customer service has remained the same.
Gregory’s master degree from the University of Nebraska was actually in plant breeding and genetics. After working for a nursery for a couple of years, he found himself wanting more time for their two sons. That led to a change in career, but his love of plants is still seen in his greenhouse.
In 1981 Greg and Jean decided to take a big step and both of them quit other jobs in order to start Arp Clock and Wood Shop. The beginning years were more about wood than clocks including production work for other companies. Greg did build several clocks in those years and found that brand new movements were not always perfect. Being very mechanical, he saw the problem in one particular movement, fixed it, and the clock repair service was born. By today he has repaired many thousand clock movements and with his determination he seldom gives up on a problem.
While Greg is in the repair room, Jean manages the office. Her business degree from the University of Wyoming was in accounting which really has been useful over the years. During the woodworking phase of the business, she was also found in the wood shop helping manufacture various parts.
Jean and Greg’s other interests include ballroom dancing, genealogy, antique cars, and travel. Their many trips to Europe, especially Germany, have influenced the European style of the shop building.
Although rumors say that we have retired, that is not true. Our business is still open although we do take more vacations than we did in earlier years. If you call and no one answers, we are probably checking out some part of this wonderful world we all call home. Wait a week or two and try calling again.
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