Roth and Miller Autobody
 

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History

Our Company History – Celebrating 65 Years!

1946
Chet Roth and C. E. Miller open Roth & Miller, a repair and autobody shop at 3900 N. Mississippi Avenue in Portland. Roth & Miller Autobody, 1946
1955 Jim Eber joins Roth & Miller as a “body-and-fender man” and quickly becomes shop foreman. When leaving for an insurance company position, Jim tells Chet and C. E. to let him know if they ever want to sell the business.
James (Jim) Eber, circa 1955
1959 Jim and wife Doris have their fourth child, Camille.

Doris Eber & Camille Eber, circa 1959
1963 Jim leaves the insurance industry, and he and Doris purchase Roth & Miller.
Roth & Miller Autobody Shop Truck, circa 1963
1971 Jim and Doris expand the shop, adding a new office building and a covered drive-in estimating area, the first in Portland. Doris starts working full-time as bookkeeper.
Roth & Miller Autobody, 3900 N Mississippi Ave, circa 1971
1978 Jim and Doris have their first grandchild, William Bray.

Jim Eber, William Bray, Doris Eber - circa 1978
1983-1984
Jim and Doris purchase property in Southeast Portland to relocate Roth & Miller. They spend most of their evening and weekend hours working on the new building, including living on-site in their motor home much of the time.
1985 Roth & Miller moves from Mississippi Avenue to its newly completed building at 9255 S.E. Stark Street March 1985.
Roth & Miller Autobody, 9255 SE Stark St - 1985
1986 Jim and Doris’ daughter Camille joins company. Benny Sandiforth, one of the original Roth & Miller crew, retires after 40 years of service. (In this 1946 picture, Benny is second from the right, wearing the hat.)
Roth & Miller Autobody Crew, circa 1946
1987 Doris Eber passes away unexpectedly, and Camille takes on management role.
Doris Eber - circa 1987
1989 Camille purchases business from her father, Jim and he takes on the role of part-time consultant to the company.
Camille Eber & Jim Eber, 1989
1990 Jim retires from Roth & Miller after nearly 27 years as owner and one year as a consultant.
James (Jim) Eber - circa 1987
1991 Roth & Miller becomes first Portland area shop to earn “I-CAR Gold Class Professionals” designation. A designation they have continuously maintained.
I-CAR Gold Class Professionals Designation
1995 Norm Gores, retires after 26 years as an autobody repair technician with Roth & Miller.
1996 Roth & Miller named “Shop of the Year” by the local trade association.
Camille Eber, Roth & Miller Autobody, receives Shop of the Year
1997 Camille’s nephew (and Jim’s oldest grandchild) William Bray joins company full-time and begins training as an estimator.
William Bray, 1997
1997 Roth & Miller receives the Better Business Bureau “Integrity Award”.
Jim Eber & Camille Eber receive BBB Integrity Award - 1997
2000 Camille is named among “Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry,” a national award.
Camille Eber honored with "Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry" award
2005 Roth & Miller gives their building a facelift and new landscaping.
Roth & Miller Autobody, 9255 SE Stark St, 2005
2005 Gwen Merritt retires after 15 years as Roth & Miller’s bookkeeper. Iala Bray, William Bray’s wife, joins the company as bookkeeper and office manager.
Iala Bray, 2005
2006 William takes on management of operations.
William Bray, 2006
2006 We rescued a kitten we found one morning that had wandered into our shop while we weren’t looking. This is Suki and she lives in our office and keeps us company. Feel free to drop in for a visit with her. Suki, Roth & Miller Shop Kitty, 2006