Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Mechanical and Auto Repair Business at 2017 Salute to Small Business

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SACRAMENTO – On Monday, June 5, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored Kniesel’s Collision, Inc. as the 8th Assembly District’s 2017 Small Business of the Year.

Every year, members of the California State legislature take time to honor a small business from their district. The Salute to Small Business event provides an opportunity for small business owners to meet and share success stories with other small business owners from across the state. The California Small Business Association is a volunteer-driven, non-profit, non-partisan organization with the mission to provide small businesses with a meaningful voice in state and federal government.

“To honor Kniesel’s Collision as my Small Business of the Year brings me great pride,” said Assemblyman Cooley.  “Kniesel’s commitment to customer service and to their employees truly exemplifies servant leadership.”

After emigrating from an Austrian refugee camp after World War II, Richard Kniesel founded Kniesel’s Collision in 1968. Richard has since handed the reins over to his two sons, Robert and Tom. Having grown up in the business, they remain strong in their commitment to the family’s founding core values: integrity, trust, and quality. Kniesel’s Collision also provides support to numerous charitable organizations including local food banks, high school athletic booster clubs, Boy Scout Troops, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and breast cancer research.

“It is truly an honor and I am humbled to be recognized as the Small Business of the Year for our area,” said Richard Kniesel.  “When I landed at Ellis Island in the early 1950’s, I was bound for Chicago, Illinois, but by the grace of god, I came to Citrus Heights instead, and I am forever thankful.”

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County.   For more information, please visit


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