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Memphis, Tenn. (December 2, 2020) – A lifelong dream and a passion for cars are helping to expand one Whitehaven auto shop.

Muhsen Najdawi has more than 20 years of experience as a mechanic. Originally from Jordan, Najdawi spent much of his professional life working in Dubai, Munich, and Liberia, before moving to Memphis.

Najdawi says that cars have always been his passion and for as long as he can remember, he has wanted to own his own performance shop.

That dream came true when Turbo Knights originally opened in 2017. Turbo Knights is a high a performance auto and fabrication shop. It offers anything from an oil change to a turbo manifold rebuild. But the business’s specialty is restoring older and antique cars.

When he first opened, Najdawi actually rented space from a former ICED Loan recipient, ORCA Printing on September Avenue. The business eventually outgrew that space and Najdawi were able to purchase a foreclosed building at 3301 Winbrook in Whitehaven, providing Turbo Knights with a space all its own.

EDGE awarded Najdawi a $12,000 Inner City Economic Development Loan to improve the exterior appearance, add additional roll-up doors, and complete interior renovations on that space, helping to reduce blight in the neighborhood.

“We are excited about the investment that this new business will bring to a formerly vacant site in Whitehaven,” said Greater Whitehaven Economic Redevelopment Corporation Board President, Andre Gibson, “and we look forward to partnering with this business to bring more positive economic impact to our community.”

Najdawi plans to open the new space in Spring 2021.

Musehn Najdawi