Vacant tire shop helps local garage expand

by Stephen Dafoe

The former Integra Tire location on 100 Avenue in Morinville’s west end will soon have the sounds of torque wrenches and other automotive tools filling the bays. DC Transmissions, currently located in the former Morin’s Auto property north of town, will move to the 100 Avenue building Mar. 1.

DC Transmissions opened in their present location in September of 2013. Less than three years later, the company has outgrown that location.

“We’re excited about the move,” said coowner Donna Barilla. “Of course, being a new business in Morinville has had its ups and downs, but we’re moving forward and excited to be on Main Street and a bigger part of the community.”
The Barillas are anticipating the new location will lead to even more business, allowing them to hire more staff and develop the business further.

Donna Barilla said it was an exciting time to join other businesses on 100 Avenue and see the opening of Trade Development’s 100 Block West. “We’re excited,” she said.

Just as the downtown core is growing and developing, Darcy and Donna Barilla see the upcoming move as an opportunity to grow and develop their own business.

She is seeing the downturn in the economy resulting in more people repairing their existing vehicles instead of buying new.

The new 3500 square foot location will allow the company to expand from two bays to six.

“It’ll allow us to have more turnover, and subsequently looking for more staff to hire,” Barilla said. “With our two Red Seal Mechanics, we’re lucky to have that great staff and knowledge on hand.”

Though named DC Transmissions, the company offers all services to vehicles, including specialty transmissions, front end, engine and general mechanical work.

The shop will be open Monday to Saturday.

DC Transmissions can be found online at

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