> Out and About: Keith Formanek, owner of Day Hill Automotive

Out and About: Keith Formanek, owner of Day Hill Automotive

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Keith Formanek, Mike Formanek and Steve Sabat
Interview by T.L. Rotkiewicz
Photo By Mike Taylor

Keith Formanek is the owner of Day Hill Automotive Inc. that was established in 1979. They are located at 701 Day Hill Rd. Keith is a Chamber of Commerce member.

Day Hill Automotive Inc. provides quality care in Windsor. They are a family owned business delivering honest and professional automotive repair and auto maintenance services to the people of Windsor and surrounding areas. The quality ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified technicians at Day Hill Automotive Inc. employ today's latest automotive technology and are equipped to handle all major and minor repairs on foreign and domestic vehicles. They deal with oil and oil filter services, cooling system, air conditioning, driveline, fuel/air induction cleanup, power steering flush, and transmission. They stay up to date with the latest equipment and technologies. The business is open on weekdays from 7-5PM.

Keith was born and raised in Windsor, attending elementary school and Sage Park Middle School in the '80s. His family moved to Suffield where he attended Suffield High School, as there was an AD program. He went to Villanova University College of Engineering in Pennsylvania. From there on he says, "This was my passion. So, I've been doing this since I was six years old. I worked with my father in the garage and whatnot." He got his first taste of the family business mowing lawns on the property. "When I was twelve or thirteen I was turning wrenches here. During the summer. Thursdays after school."

Keith's grandfather, Frank, father, Paul, and uncle, Stephen started the business in 1979. Frank had been General Manager of Combustion Engineering Controls before retiring in 1980. Both, Paul and Stephen had been tech teachers. Paul had taught at Suffield High School, while Stephen had taught at Fermi High School in Enfield. Frank bought a piece of property on Day Hill Road, and his sons built Day Hill Automotive. Stephen passed away in 2004, leaving his brother Paul to take over the business.

Keith took over as owner in June of 2015. Paul remains involved with the business in the capacity of shuttling customers to work, paperwork, and some servicing. Keith not only works the day-to-day operations, but also teaches tech classes and does training for both East Windsor and Wethersfield in person or on-line.

With little time to spare other than weekends due to his busy schedule, Keith has gone to the Shad Derby, Chili Challenge, and Bart's car shows over the years. He lives in Suffield now, but his girlfriend has started to attend some of the Chamber events. In time though, Keith would like to sponsor a Little League team. He does love to go up to Otis Reservoir as much as he can for camping and boating for relaxation. Three words that describe Keith: honest, efficient, and thorough.


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e-Passport to Summer Fun in Windsor
June 22 - Aug 31 at Town of Windsor
Tour Windsor Rocks!
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Local Artist Art Exhibit
through Labor Day
2018 Annual Mums Sale
Aug 3 at Windsor Woman’s Club
Surf and Turf
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Blessing of the Animals
Aug 19 at Palisado Green on Palisado Ave. Windsor, CT 06095
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Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
China Trip Orientation
Aug 20 at Windsor Public Library
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Aug 20 at Town Hall
Learn to Crochet
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Summer Classic Movie Series
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Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
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Yoga on the Green
Aug 23 at Windsor Town Green
Concert on the Green
Aug 23 at Windsor Town Green
Farmers’ Market
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New Teachers Reception
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Northwest Park"Nature Book Club"
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Park Here - Fly There
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Study Spencer Repeating Rifles!
Aug 24 at Windsor Historical Society
Surf and Turf
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The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
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Aug 27 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
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Mobile Mammography
Aug 28 at Windsor Town Hall, 275 Broad Street, Windsor
Summer Classic Movie Series
Aug 28 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Farmers’ Market
Aug 30 at 240 Broad Street
Lobster Roll Mania
Sep 1 at The Tavern at Keney Park 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Still Young Book Club
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Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Sep 5 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Sep 5 at Windsor High School J113
Windsor Business Connections
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Farmers’ Market
Sep 6 at 240 Broad Street
Wine Bottle Bingo
Sep 7 at Northwest Park Pavilion, Windsor, CT
Serial Surface Design Paint Play
Sep 8 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic Street, Windsor, CT 06095
Windsor Fife & Drum Parade & Muster
Sep 8 at Windsor Town Green
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Keeping You & Your Heart Healthy
Sep 10 at Windsor Town Hall, 275 Broad Street, Windsor
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Sep 12 at Windsor Public Library
Financial Talk with John Sheerin
Sep 12 at LP Wilson Community Center, All Purpose One Room
Alzheimer's Support Group
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Farmers’ Market
Sep 13 at 240 Broad Street
Jan's Sewing Hour
Sep 13 at Windsor Public Library
Connect with Spirit Under the Stars
Sep 14 at Brown's Harvest
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
TVCA Table Top Expo
Sep 18 at La Notte, 17 Thompson Rd, East Windsor
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Sep 19 at Windsor Public Library
Farmers’ Market
Sep 20 at 240 Broad Street
Windsor Citizens Academy
Sep 20 at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
Free Film Friday
Sep 21 at Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St, Windsor, CT 06095
Touch-A-Truck
Sep 22 at Brown's Harvest
British Wives & the American Rev
Sep 23 at Oliver Ellsworth Homestead
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
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Cut the Cord
Sep 24 at Windsor Public Library
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
Sep 24 at 97 B Pierson Lane
Monday Morning Book Club
Sep 24 at Windsor Public Library
Park Here - Fly There
Sep 24 at Hampton Inn located at 2168 Poquonock Avenue • Windsor, CT
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Sep 26 at Windsor Public Library
Farmers’ Market
Sep 27 at 240 Broad Street
From Jazz to Soul
Sep 27 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Citizens Academy
Sep 27 at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
Ray of Hope Celebration Bash
Sep 28 at The North House 1 Nod Road Avon, CT 06001
Maple To Table Fundraising Dinner
Sep 28 at Northwest Park
Take Apart Workshop
Sep 29 at Windsor Public Library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Still Young Book Club
Oct 2 at Tunxis Grill, 3 Tunxis Avenue
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Oct 3 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Farmers’ Market
Oct 4 at 240 Broad Street
Windsor Citizens Academy
Oct 4 at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
Chili Challenge
Oct 6 at Windsor Town Green
Windsor Lions Fall Craft Fair
Oct 6 at Town Greene
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Essential Oils 101
Oct 9 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
YPW Meeting
2nd Tuesdays at 261 Broad Street, Windsor
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Oct 10 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Oct 10 at Windsor High School J113
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall North
Farmers’ Market
Oct 11 at 240 Broad Street
Windsor Citizens Academy
Oct 11 at Various Town of Windsor faciliities
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Healthy Minds
Oct 16 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Magic of Communication
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