by Andrew Martin
MORRISTOWN – A partial change in ownership is occurring at McMahon Chevrolet Buick. On Thursday, November 8, General Motors approved the sale of a portion of the dealership to Dan Keene, the owner of Lamoille Valley Ford in Hardwick and Twin State Ford in St. Johnsbury. Moving forward, Keene and Tom Crow, who was the full owner of McMahon’s before the sale, will be operating as partners.
“Tom and I will be partners moving forward,” commented Dan Keene, “We will be working alongside each other as active co-owners for years to come.”
“This sale will be better for the dealership long-term,” explained Crow on the reasons for the sale, “Sometime down the road I will be retiring. I wanted the McMahon name to continue and for my employees to continue to have work when that happens. This deal will ensure that.” Crow has been the owner of McMahon’s since 1983, when he bought it from his wife Debra’s father, Ed McMahon. Crow and the McMahon family before him have been running a Chevrolet dealership in Morrisville since the 1920s.
“I have had some employees with me for over 20 years,” explained Crow, “When I eventually retire I want all my employees to stay and be taken care of. When Dan became the owner at Lamoille Valley and Twin State Ford he had very little turnover, actually adding more employees very quickly.”
Keene and Crow have been discussing the possibility of becoming co-owners over the last year, and the approval by General Motors was the final step in that process. Despite rumors to the contrary, Keene assuming partial ownership of McMahon’s does not herald a change in location for any of the local dealerships. Lamoille Valley Ford will be remaining in Hardwick and McMahon’s will be remaining at the corner of Routes 15 and 100 in Morrisville.
“Our intent is to remain right where we are in Morrisville,” explained Keene, “However, we will be looking for alternate storage lots that will allow us to have more vehicles on hand and expand the business.”
Along with additional storage space, Keene and Crow are planning to add to the sales team at McMahon’s. In order to begin that process, Steve Sayce will be joining the team in Morrisville and taking on the title of General Sales Manager.
“I’m excited to be a part of an already winning team,” commented Sayce on his move to McMahon’s.
“We are looking for local individuals to hire,” explained Keene on the new staff, “They don’t even have to be that experienced.”
Along with Sayce and new members of the sales team, Crow and Keene also plan to add other new staff when needed as the business expands.
“I’m really excited about the partnership and the future of McMahon Chevrolet,” commented Crow.