For 26 years, Nightingale Transmissions has operated out of its shop south of Galva. This fall, the business will open its new location at 507 N. Main St. in McPherson.

Nightingale Transmissions was opened by Craig Nightingale in 1993 at 2072 Iron Horse Rd. in Galva.

"I started before that in '91 at my dad's place," Nightingale said.

Nightingale, along with his son, Ryan, offers automatic and manual transmission rebuilding and repairing services, along with other mechanical care for farm equipment, cars, trucks, and commercial vehicles at Nightingale Transmissions.

"We do mainly transmissions and drive trains," Nightingale said.

Part of the reason for the move, according to Nightingale, is that he wanted someplace more accessible for his clients.

"That's our plan — to move into town for the convenience of our customers," Nightingale said.

The building at 507 N. Main St. used to house Zimmer Automotive and, before that, Cooper Tire.

Nightingale is planning to put a new roof on the building, repaint it and do other interior renovations before opening.

"We hope, by the time we move in, that it looks like a totally different building," Nightingale said. "...It needs a lot of work done."

Nightingale Transmissions will keep its building in Galva for extra storage space and as a place to house vehicles that require longer periods of time to service.

"We probably won't have quite as much storage there as we do here, but we'll have a little more room for lifts there," Nightingale said.

Another reason for Nightingale Transmissions' move is to expand their operation and involve his family in the business side, Nightingale said.

"We are excited about it," Nightingale said. "...Everybody tells us, 'welcome to the city.'"

Nightingale Transmissions, located at 2072 Iron Horse Rd. in Galva, is open from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit or call 620-654-3445.

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