Small Business of the Month

Don Kerns Wrecker Service celebrates 52 years of business this year. Don Kerns and his wife founded the towing company in 1959 with one homemade tow truck, then three years later moved to the current location at on Spring Road in Gainesville.

Today, Don and his family operate a fleet of 10 trucks ranging from light to heavy duty. Open 24 hours each day, the company specializing in wheel lift towing,flatbed (rollback) towing, lockouts, jump starts, RV & bus towing and tire changes. Don stresses that he has not run a successful business alone. He credits his family with helping with the many facets of the company. Son, Chip, began shadowing Don while in diapers, and the two worked together for many years before Chip was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in 2002. Chip’s son, D.J., hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps after graduation. Don’s daughter, Kathy, has been involved in the business for many years and covers the phones, books and dispatch. Kathy’s son, Joey, joined the company after graduating from Gainesville State College and is also an integral part of the family business.

Don Kerns Wrecker Service, 2021 Spring Road, Suite # A, Gainesville, GA 30504-4076. 770-536-5477.