Blake Adams jumpstarted his passion for restoring cars at the age of 13 when he purchased his first car, a 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle, and repaired it himself. 

In 2006, Adams began his career in the industry working for a company out of Ravenna repairing cars while juggling his own part-time car restoration business. When his side business became a full-time job, he quit his day job to start his own company, The Muscle Car Factory. Since 2006, Adams has grown to seven employees and two locations in Kearney and Ravenna that have since expanded into larger facilities.

"I like working on the cars. I like taking something that's old, wrecked or rotted and making it better than new," says Blake. "Every detail matters because the finished product in the end is a reflection of the beginning."

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Adams worked with Todd Clabaugh, Vice President and Relationship Manager at Heartland Bank, to build a larger facility in the spring of 2019. 

"Finding a lender that believes in you is important because if the lender doesn't believe in you, they can hold you back from goals and ambitions that you have," says Blake. "I like working with Heartland Bank because it's a small town bank. Everybody knows me by name. They know my accounts and where my money is going. I drop my deposits off and they mail me a receipt."

"Blake and I worked together to find a personalized solution to help him reach his goals of building a new, larger shop. The 3,000 square foot shop is going to help streamline his day to day operations, and ultimately help him meet his financial goals by bringing in more business," says Clabaugh. "We are excited to see his business thrive."

Sarah Taubenheim

Sarah is the Media Specialist at Heartland Bank. She graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in Communication Studies. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends and organizing and decorating her home.

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