Lo­cal Business turns “90”!

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In Fe­bru­ary of 1924, Le­grand Smith left the fam­ily farm in Draper and opened a Ford Deal­er­ship on Main Street in Span­ish Fork. Lit­tle did he know that 90 years later his deal­er­ship would be thriv­ing as Utah’s old­est Ford Deal­er­ship. Le­grand’s son-in-law, Glenn Bowen, pur­chased the deal­er­ship after his re­turn from World War II. He be­came the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion owner of Smith Auto Company un­til his daugh­ter, Glenda Ly­man, stepped in and pur­chased the Deal­er­ship. Glenda re­mem­bers when she was a young girl putting stamps on en­velopes and do­ing many dif­fer­ent tasks to help out her fa­ther. She fell in love with the car business and after grad­u­at­ing from BYU she stepped in and took over for her fa­ther who be­came ill. She is the third gen­er­a­tion fam­ily to take the helm and work hard to make it the suc­cess­ful deal­er­ship it is to­day. “I’m sure Dad and Grandpa rolled over in their graves when I signed for the loan,” Glenda said. Her fa­ther and grand­fa­ther had paid for ad­di­tions and build­ing im­prove­ments with cash, never tak­ing out a loan.

Smith Auto Company of­fers the finest in Ford cars, trucks and SUV’s and has a 26 bay ser­vice depart­ment where there’s plenty of space to get peo­ple in and out. The company also has a sta­teof-the-art parts depart­ment pro­vid­ing the ser­vice their cus­tomers ex­pect.

Glenda’s fo­cus is still the friendly cus­tomer ser­vice and good value that keeps the deal­er­ship run­ning and the spe­cial at­ten­tion given to each cus­tomer will con­tinue into the fu­ture. Kevin Ly­man, Glenda’s son, is work­ing as the fourth gen­er­a­tion in the business. Kevin is the Gen­eral Man­ager of the deal­er­ship and shares his Mother’s de­sire to take care of their friends and neigh­bors. Smith Auto Company leaves their sales staff a lot of free­dom to get a deal done. They want to be the place where peo­ple come to be treated fairly, in a low-pres­sure en­vi­ron­ment.

As Utah County grows, Glenda and Kevin hope to see Smith Auto Company con­tinue ex­pand­ing to of­fer even bet­ter ser­vice and prod­ucts. Smith Auto Company would like to THANK the com­mu­nity for help­ing them ac­com­plish their 90 year jour­ney and wish you all the best of the hol­i­day sea­son! Their business re­flects their motto: “Sat­isfy your cus­tomers and they will be­come cus­tomers for life.”

Drop by 2534 N. 200 E. Span­ish Fork or call (801) 798-3553.

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