February 21, 2021

Big Mike’s owner Mike Cowans on a roll with automotive business in Barberton

Mike Cowans is on a roll that started almost 20 years ago with an auto…

Mike Cowans is on a roll that started almost 20 years ago with an auto body vocational course and has accelerated to dizzying speeds in the last couple of years.

Cowans owns Big Mike’s Automotive and Collision on Norton Avenue in Barberton, where he’s leading an expansion from one building to three at the former Wallace Lincoln Mercury dealership.  

Mike Cowans, owner of Big Mike's Automotive, talks about how he has had to expand his business Tuesday in Barberton.

His business has more than tripled its revenues — from around $500,000 in 2018 to $1.9 million in 2020. Along the way, Big Mike’s has expanded beyond body and paint work to include mechanical services.

Cowans is confident more growth is on the way. In a few years, he said, Big Mike’s probably will have to open another location to keep up with new business. The growth, he said, has come at the most challenging time imaginable.