Still right at home on the highway

After 35 years working for John Deere, Mike Mumm has opened his new small engine service in the former laundromat building on U.S. Highway 14. Photo / Per Peterson

Highway 14 has seen a lot of business activity over the years, and Mike Mumm has been a part of much of it — more than 40 years’ worth, as a matter of fact.

Mumm, who started working at the Old Red Owl as a teenager and spent 35 years working for John Deere (C&B Operations), recently started his own business in between the two.

Mumm now operates Tracy Small Engine Services in the building that was once home to a laundromat at 768 Craig Ave. He rents the space from building owner Jimmy Marks.

Mumm said leaving John Deere wasn’t necessarily a tough move for him, but branching out on his own did cause a bit of nervousness.

“It was scary,” he said. “Very scary. I didn’t know what to expect. I was working for the same company for 35 years. At least I’m sticking to the highway. I stayed with Highway 14.”