Patrick Mackin, of Mackins Accident Repair Centre near Newry, is one of four finalists in the Bodyshop Magazine ‘Bodyshop Manager of the Year’ award.
Patrick is the third generation of the family to be involved in the motor trade. “I am the third generation of Mackins to have entered the motor industry,” says Patrick. “My grandfather started repairing cars in the late 1950s, while my dad Paul opened his Bodyshop in the 1980s which I took over in 2013 – so I guess you could say it’s in the blood. I actually completed a university degree in mechanical engineering when I left school and worked for a box manufacturing company for a few years but the yearn for working with cars got the better of me and here I am…”
Patrick’s father Paul still does all the painting at Mackins. There is one spray oven at the moment but Patrick has plans to install another oven next year as the company is continuing to expand and the workforce currently stands at 15.
Established in 1986 to service the needs of vehicle owners in the south Down area, Mackins Accident Repair Centre was set up by its current owners the Mackin family. Initially a one man operation, the business focused on high quality repairs and customer satisfaction which is still to this day the businesses main goals. It is this which has allowed Mackins to grow significantly and in 2019 they were awarded NI Bodyshop of the Year. They followed this up by retaining the NI Bodyshop title and winning National Bodyshop of the year at the 2020 Irish Auto Trade Awards. These awards are a testament to Mackins ongoing commitment to our customers and service providers.