| Since our founding in 1937 our focus has remained on
customer service. As a multi-generation family business, we strive to
maintain and improve the service we provide our customers. The story of
today's Master Buick GMC began in 1926 when a young Walter Schlapp
arrived in Augusta from Germany to take a job arranged for him by a U.S.
citizen who spent his summers in Germany. The 20-year-old Schlapp was a
trained metal worker but gladly accepted the job with an ice and coal
business to avoid a crushing economic depression in Germany.|
William Schafer, Schlapp's best friend has also realized the seriousness of the German depression and joined Schlapp in the ice and coal business using his skills as a bookkeeper. Both men intended to return to Germany to remain; however, time and fate intervened and in 1930 the two best friends married sisters and honeymooned on an ocean liner - back to the U.S. and their old jobs at the ice and coal business in Augusta.