Long Arm Mechanics is an auto repair business built
around a simple, profound mission statement: Every car
counts, not more cars count.
Owner Levon Arnold began his career in 2011, conducting
repairs on “a dirt lot in the middle of nowhere,” he says. Afer
starting small, he was soon servicing entire fleets. Soon
enough, his business merited its own shop.
“While my entrepreneurial journey has evolved from
performing great repairs on my own to creating a business
that performs great repairs, the values have not changed,”
Long Arm Mechanics got its name from Arnold’s massive
wingspan. At 6 feet, 6 inches, Arnold finds his reach
comes in handy.
“Engine compartments have gotten a lot tighter than
they used to be,” he notes. “Having long arms is a real
Arnold grew up in Boise, Idaho, but yearned for a taste of
city life, so he eventually moved to Seattle—but returned to
his roots to launch his business.
“I felt my contributions would go a lot further in a
community like Boise,” he says. “Everybody knows
everybody, and I can give the people I’m helping more
Arnold’s contributions include his Green Light Outreach
Program, which repairs cars free of charge for community
members in need.
“Sometimes the ability to safely and reliably get to
work can be the diference between full employment and
the chance for a successful future or, on the other hand,
unemployment and the possibility of a devastating impact
on the family,” he says. Helping families get to where they
need to go is yet another way that Long Arm’s reach is
making its community stronger.
LONG ARM MECHANICS, BOISE, ID
The name Harry Katz carries enormous weight in
Mineola, New York. The furniture business Katz built
62 years ago, Harry Katz Carpet One Floor & Home,
is at the height of popularity and success today.
Besides serving customers well, the store has
a long and impressive history of giving back to
the community. Harry was a founding member of
Mineola’s Chamber of Commerce and helped build
the village’s first synagogue.
Harry’s tradition of quality products, excellent
service, and community involvement continues
today under the leadership of his granddaughter,
Cynthia Katz Sigadel. She has combined
imagination, technology, determination, and a
whole lot of guts to transform the store into a one-stop design destination. The store’s oferings now
include kitchen and bath, bedding, closets, and
“Our customers can find all their interior design
needs under one roof and work with a company
that they and their families have trusted for years,”
she says. “Our goal is to enhance the lives of our
customers by helping them create the home of their
dreams, while at the same time earning their trust.”
Under Sigadel’s leadership, Harry’s tradition
of community support also continues. Sigadel
donated and installed materials for a local
homeless shelter, Family and Children’s
Association, which was founded by her father,
Each year Harry Katz Carpet One sponsors Little
League teams, the local fire department, military
causes, and various local charities. Afer Hurricane
Sandy devastated parts of New York and New
Jersey in 2012, Harry Katz Carpet One donated
carpeting to families that were hit hard.
“Our motto has always been ‘quality plus service
equals value,’” she says. “Our reputation for
integrity and taking great care of people is our most
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