Conrad’s Transmission Inc. was founded over 40 years ago by Paul Conrad. In 1968, he built a two-stall concrete block building in New Salisbury and began his transmission shop, naming it Conrad’s Garage. Believing in hard work and fostering true talent, he gave a job to Ellis Burn, a blind man who was trained in building automatic transmissions but couldn’t find a job because of his disability. Ellis turned out to be one of the best mechanics in the shop, teaching Paul how to remove, replace, and rebuild transmissions until he retired.
In 1979, Paul decided to incorporate the business, renaming it Conrad’s Transmission Inc. to highlight the shop’s transmission expertise. Later, his daughters—Phyllis Henderson, Paula Geyer, and Denise Lowe—inherited the company, continuing Paul’s legacy. The entire team at Conrad’s Transmission attends training and transmission seminars to make sure they stay up to date with the latest vehicle technology.