For close to two decades, Hannibal residents have grown accustomed to seeing the white Chevrolet van with “Baxter's Safety Lock” painted down the side.

For close to two decades, Hannibal residents have grown accustomed to seeing the white Chevrolet van with “Baxter's Safety Lock” painted down the side.

Jim Baxter and his wife, Sharon, are retiring from the business, but they feel they have placed the keys in good hands. The new business, owned by Austin and Lindsay Carter, will be called Precision Safety Lock and Security — as the couple builds upon the legacy and knowledge the Baxters shared with them over the past few weeks.

“Being a retired shop teacher, I enjoy helping people to learn things,” Jim Baxter said. “I've had a good time with him, trying to show him what we do and how to do it — making contact with different businesses and different people.”

For Hannibal native Austin Carter, who served as an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Air Force in Wichita, Kan. for three years, the transition to his new career with his wife has been smooth.

“The jobs are very similar, but the parts have gotten a lot smaller,” he said with a laugh.

Sharon Baxter shared bookkeeping and paperwork expertise with Lindsay Carter. Jim and Sharon Baxter agreed that the Carters would take good care of the business and their customers, carrying on a tradition years in the making.

“A couple years ago, I told people if I wasn't having so much fun, I'd retire, but with this health issue, I'm going to have to retire. Hopefully I'll last long enough to help him get it going,” he said with a chuckle.

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com