Behind the Scenes at Ernie’s Fulton Top

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on July 13th, 2013

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Ernie’s Fulton Top Co

Peoria Journal Star, a local Illinois newspaper, recently published a beautiful photo essay highlighting brothers Ernie and Leonard Cox of Ernie’s Fulton Top Co. in Peoria, IL.

Their shop – a family business – has been in operation for 98 years, making it one of the oldest continuously run auto upholstery shops in the United States.

To take a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what a normal day looks like for the two trimmers, visit “Brothers Keep Car Shop a Staple in the Community.”

No doubt, you’ll enjoy this beautiful photo essay.




4 Responses

  1. larry arnold says:

    how does one work in shorts how do you greet a customer in beach attire not professional sorry it doesnt work

    • I think shorts work alright so long as they’re uniformed – like the blue Dickies shorts sold to automotive professionals.

      Vehicle cabins are like ovens during the summer. You can’t expect trimmers to bake under the hot sun.

    • Tom says:

      With all due respect I have known Ernie and the Fulton Top crew for 20+ years and they greet customers with excellent work in a professional manner. Don’t let the “beach” attire fool you, Ernie is the owner and is 1st class when it comes to customer service. If I were to have a top put on my car I wouldn’t want a guy in a suit installing the top.

  2. Cesar Cesar says:

    I only want to congratulate masters Earnie and Leonard for keeping up the job and enjoy of this beautiful art.


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