Honesty is Best Policy


A local business received recognition from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for its dedication to the people of Woodlake. Corny Ortiz, owner of Ortiz Automotive, officially received his Ethics Award for Marketplace Excellence for small businesses.

The Ethics Awards is BBB’s annual award program that honors outstanding local for-profit companies that have demonstrated a commitment to ethical business practices, both in operations and in terms of integrity, reliability and responsiveness to employees, vendors and customers and for the people who have been to Ortiz Automotive knows firsthand this is what Corny Ortiz is all about.

The former Marine found himself bouncing around from job to job after being honorably discharged from the US Marine Corps in 1994. Ortiz wanted to better his life so enrolled at College of the Sequoias to study residential air conditioning. While going to college, Ortiz worked part time at a tire shop in Visalia that would ultimately put him on a path to where he is today.

While at the tire shop, Ortiz worked his way up the career ladder to become a mechanic at this shop and this is where he fell in love with being a mechanic.

“I was really green,” said Ortiz. “A couple of guys I worked with were pretty good to me and they took me under their wing and showed me the ins and outs.”

After getting some experience, Ortiz was hired as a mechanic with the Visalia Unified School District. Ortiz said he not enjoyed the work but knew a shift job wouldn’t always allow him to make his children’s school functions and sporting events. Not wanting to miss any more of his children’s activities, Ortiz made one of the toughest decisions of his life and walked away from his job.

Less than a year later, he found a way to open his own business in the town he calls home.

“This is where I come from,” he said. “Woodlake deserves a good honest mechanic.”

As a business owner in his hometown, Ortiz makes it a practice to show his customers the old parts that were replaced so they feel the job was done right the first time.

You can find Corny Ortiz at Ortiz Automotive, 353 S. Acacia St in Woodlake. For an appointment, customers can call 559-564-2147.

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