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Paschals’ businesses fill need in community

Jill and J.W. Paschal of Graham own four businesses in Graham, including a retail shop, a FedEx shipping store, a vehicle air conditioning manufacturing company and a new scrapbooking/crafts business. (Photo by Carla McKeown)

By Carla McKeown

Almost 15 years ago, just weeks before the date that would become infamous as 9-11, Jill and J.W. Paschal left the Dallas-Fort Worth area and moved to Graham.

In the old Coca Cola bottling plant on East Fourth Street, they opened up Air Manufacturing Corporation, a company that specializes in add-on air conditioning kits for vehicles, usually vintage cars/trucks or hot rods. Today, they’ve expanded their business offerings to four companies. In addition to running the A/C business, they also have an import retail store, a shipping service and a new scrapbooking/crafts company.

“I grew up in the (A/C) industry,” J.W. says. And, when he says that, he means it literally. His father, A.J. “Buddy” Paschal, was  one of the pioneers of the A/C industry, beginning in the 1950s. J.W. now has more than 30 years of experience himself.

The couple, who have been married for 23 years, moved here with their four children, Christopher, now 27; Stephen, 24; Nathan, 21; and Meagan, 18. Today, the two oldest live in the DFW Metroplex, and the two youngest kids are going to school at Hardin Simmons University. Now, it’s just Jill and J.W. and the three dogs keeping them company who live and work in the old building at 1040 E. Fourth St.

Their main business, AMC, is mostly an online business. Last week, J.W. was putting together A/C kits for clients in Saudi Arabia, Australia and Kansas City. After years of running a business in Fort Worth, he jumped at the chances the Internet offered. “Getting started in the Internet, I saw that with the changes in the industry, this was the marketplace for somebody with my expertise, knowledge and ability to find product,” J.W. says.

One benefit to having an Internet-based business is that it’s mobile. “As long as I have a laptop, I can work my business anywhere in the world,” he says.
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