Finish Line Body & Paint has been named the 2018 Business of the Year in Grimes.


The award has been years in the making, according to Brian Buethe, president/CEO of the Grimes Chamber and Economic Development.


“You really kind of win these awards when - A) you kind of do something really exceptional in the year you’re nominated. Or B) it’s kind of a long-term earning of the award. I would say they fall under the second category of just having been involved in the community for such a long time,” Buethe said.


Several people in the Grimes community nominated Finish Line for the award. In the applications, customers described the business as “trustworthy,” “friendly” and “a good business person,” according to Buethe.


“People know who they are because of their involved and support for all things local in the community, not just themselves. And those are the things that word of mouth has allowed them to become very popular in the business around here, which is why they were nominated,” Buethe said. “It’s just an overall comfort level that their customers have with them and their reputation in the community is the reason they were selected to win the award this year.”


Owner Matt Hidlebaugh said the business’s honest work ethic is to thank for the award.


“It was a huge surprise,” Hidlebaugh said. “This award is a reflection of how hard we have worked to give our customers the best customer service we can and really just earn their trust. We are as honest as they come. Sometimes the customer may not like what we have to say but I can say it is the truth. I will always be honest and truthful.”


Hidlebaugh also praise his staff.


“The truth is, I would not be in this spot without the help of some awesome people that have helped me out to get to this point. I have a great staff, they are the heartbeat of this place,” Hidlebaugh said. “I can be gone and its business as usual.”


Finish Line Body & Paint has been a member of the Grimes Chamber for 15 years.


“Finish Line has contributed to the community by being a good and honest company that provides top-notch service. They are a great employer - their staff seems to love working for them. And they regularly are contributors to local causes, things like Governor’s Day sponsors or athletics at Dallas Center-Grimes and a number of other places,” Buethe said. “We’re very proud to honor with them with this award.”


Finish Line Body & Paint is located at 1001 NE Main St. Find out more information at www.finishlinebodyandpaint.com.


“I would like to thank our community and loyal customers for this award,” Hidlebaugh said.