November 1, 2016
Greetings all, my wife Juanita Miranda Jimenez and I, Vicente Jimenez Uribe, would like to share with you on how we began the idea of putting a distributor of Trains HO scale and N scale in the community of Loma de Buenavista, municipality of Dr. Mora, Guanajuato, Mexico. Like many people of Mexico, Central and South America, my wife Juanita, my son Jose Vicente, and I illegally immigrated to the United States to seek a better way of living.
At the beginning of 1980, at the age of 17, I, Vicente, left my community Loma de Buenavista, municipality of Dr. Mora, Guanajuato, Mexico. With the company of two other friends, I was lucky to get to Chandler, Arizona and work on the hint of plum. From there I went to Show Low, Arizona, where I worked cutting pine. After three years, I went back to my community. In 1983,
I married my wife Juanita. After my marriage, in 1983, I worked in Fertimex in the city of
Queretaro until my son Jose Vicente was born. After the birth of my son, I returned to the United States and on the first thirteen months of my son, in September 1985, I decided to bring my wife and my son to Tucson, Arizona, which was and which still is where we live. From November 1984 to November 1988, I worked in a restaurant and on a ranch cleaning and feeding horses, owned by the same owners of the restaurant.
Like all other people who come to this country seeking a better way of living and just like many who work in restaurants, construction, cleaning yards, and in other occupations, we began with making Scale Trains. We started to learn to paint, decorate, and assemble collectable trains. And thanks to this type of work, we could raise our family. In August 1988, through my brother Avelino, my wife and I met Mr. Jim Conway and his wife Patricia Conway, owners of the company Con-Cor International, where trains Scale HO and N are manufactured. On August 15 1988, my wife Juanita began working with Mrs. Conway, caring for her twin sons, who had been recently born. Once my wife started working with Jim and Patricia Conway, we realized that they were looking for staff for their company, which had just moved from Chicago, Illinois. In November 1988, I had an interview with Mr. Jim Conway to work in Con-Cor, where then I was accepted to begin to work on November 21, 1988.
It was then when I learned how the process of a train in scale worked. Also at that time my wife was working in the house of Mr. and Mrs. Conway during the day, but then in the afternoons she would work on assembling trucks, tires, dummy machines, and doing other work related to trains in scale. She would do this while still caring for our own children. After a few years, my wife joined the factory Con-Cor International and with her experience she began painting and soon learned to print, which is now her specialty. During the next years my two other children Christopher and Yessenia were born. Christopher then together with his brother José Vicente and while being in school, worked some years at Con-Cor. Yessenia, also while going to school, worked some time at Con-Cor and she still now continues to help us with our projects relevant to V & J’s Hobby. All this motivated my wife and I to make our own workshop V & J’s Hobby here in the City of Tucson, Arizona, and to begin making our own projects of Nacionales de Mexico.