My Father Werner Derda came to this country from Germany shortly after WWII. He worked in numerous Auto Body Shops in the Milwaukee area. In 1968 he decided to start his own auto body shop – State Auto Body in Milwaukee. My Mother, Hannah helped him run the office. Her brothers Siegfried and Erwin also worked at the shop doing auto body repair and painting.

Being from the “old country” my Father would settle for nothing less than perfection. He believed if it was worth doing, it was going to be done right. He ruled with an iron fist but, was loved by all that came into contact with him. He had a way of making his Customers his friends. Many of them would stop by the house for a “bier” or 2 on a regular basis.



My friends and I grew up around the business. We spent our summers working at the auto body shop. I have spent the better part of my life working in and learning this business. My Father taught me to strive for perfection and to always remember the customer has a choice where to take their business.




This is and always will be a family run business.  I would love the opportunity to earn your business and look forward welcoming you to the State Auto Body family!




Experience the difference of being a valued Customer – not just number like the “Corporate Shops” around Milwaukee.

Call us or stop by today!

– Mark Derda, Owner State Auto Body –Milwaukee