The Gouker name has been recognized by residents of the area for many years as representing quality service and excellent products. The Gouker building, at 29 Stewart Avenue in Uniontown, has been the place to find that quality service since John W. Gouker moved his radiator and car repair shop to Stewart Avenue from its Iowa Street location in the early 1950s. The businesses that have evolved at that location since the 1950s have grown and thrived through three generations of the Gouker family.
John W. Gouker passed away from cancer in 1967. His son, Ronald E. Gouker, Sr., took over the radiator and car repair business and began selling cars on Stewart Ave. Ron was skilled at car repair and became interested in doing electrical work. He became a member of the IBEW in the late 1960s, and met a man named Bob Lowe while working there.
Bob had just returned to this area from California, where he was trying to start a business selling garage doors. Ron and Bob became friends, and since Ron had the building at 29 Stewart Avenue and the mechanical skills that he had learned from his father, and Bob had the knowledge of installation and service of garage doors, the two decided to open a garage door business at Stewart Avenue in 1970.
The two men sold, installed, and serviced garage doors from that time on, and the business became well known in the area as “the” place to purchase quality doors and operators, and to get expert service. They called their business, R.H. Lowe Garage Doors, and the business grew. In 1978, Rob Lowe decided to pursue other interests and Ron Gouker bought out his interest in the company. From that time on, the garage door business in Uniontown became known as R.E. Gouker Garage Doors.
The business still operated at the 29 Stewart Avenue location, and has grown to be the largest of its kind in the area. This is because Ron Gouker believed that he would only sell top quality garage doors and provide fast, efficient, and quality service. R.E. Gouker Co. has worked throughout the state and tristate area installing and servicing both commercial and residential doors and operators.
Ron Gouker, Sr. lived for his business and loved what he did. In 2008, Ron was diagnosed with renal cancer. After a long, courageous battle with the disease, he died in 2014. Fortunately, his son, Ronald E. Gouker, II, a chiropractor in Uniontown, could operate the garage door business while his father was ill. Ronald II has taken over the operation of the garage door business and has been very successful in providing the products and services that has fulfilled the expectations of the people in this area.
Ronald continues his father’s philosophy of providing top quality doors along with fast, efficient service. Since Ron II has taken over the operations of the business, it has expanded with new equipment and expert service.
The Gouker family businesses have served this area since the 1950s from 29 Stewart Avenue in Uniontown, through three generations. The Gouker family has full intentions of being in the area for many years to come.