TV Sales & Service: 3 enterprises, 1 roofWORTHINGTON — Roger Bode has worked at TV Service Center for 44 years. Norbert Bremer has 38 years in, and the new kid on the block, Kevin Hlavac, is in his 18th year at the business.
By: Beth Rickers, Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON — Roger Bode has worked at TV Service Center for 44 years. Norbert Bremer has 38 years in, and the new kid on the block, Kevin Hlavac, is in his 18th year at the business.
Those years of service add up to exactly 100, and as they hit that milestone, the staff at TV Service Center has decided to shake things up a bit.
“Roger is semi-retiring,” explained Bremer, “and Kevin and I are going to step up to the plate.”
That means that the building located at 708 10th St. will now be renamed TV Sales & Service and will actually house three separate endeavors under one roof.
“We’ll both be independent,” said Bremer about how he and Hlavac are changing things up. “I’ll be doing TV repair and sales and antenna installation, and Kevin will be doing a wide variety of things.”
Hlavac’s part of the business will be called Tech Services Unlimited, specializing in consumer electronics, commercial sound systems and Apple/MAC service, including iPhones and iPods.
“I’ll have a website up and running in a week or two,” Hlavac said.
Bode intends to spend less time in the office, although he isn’t fully retiring.
“I’m going to continue doing Dish Network installation, working with that,” added Bode. “I’ll be working mostly out of my home, but I’ll still have a presence down here.”
Located at the northwest end of 10th Street, TV Service Center has forged a solid presence on the fringe of the downtown business district.
“We do used TV sales, new TV sales, repair of any TVs, have stereo systems, antenna installation and repair —anything to do with TV, we’ll do it,” described Bremer.
While its focus has always been on television equipment and services, the technology involved has changed drastically over the years.
“When I started, everything was tubes and black and white and there were two channels,” recalled Bode. “The first satellite system I put in was a 10-foot dish. Now, we have a much more sophisticated system with two-foot dishes.”
As the technology has changed, the staff has kept current on the innovations in order to provide the best service to their customers.
“We keep current on the changes,” said Bremer, adding that people often think they have to throw out a TV or gadget if it malfunctions. “Sometimes it’s just a minor repair and it’s up and going again. As humans, we often assume the worst. We do it all here.”
TV Sales & Service is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Outside of those business hours, the staff can be contacted via cellphone numbers posted on the door.
“Sometimes people think (disruption of) TV viewing is an emergency,” noted Bremer with a smile.
For more information, phone 376-4322.