SAC ac­quires Gild­ner Au­to­mo­tive Group

The Sentinel-Record - - BUSINESS -

ARKADEL­PHIA — South­west Auto Col­lec­tion, led by Chris Byrd and James Mor­gan, has pur­chased Gild­ner Au­to­mo­tive Group, 1501 N. 10th St., Arkadel­phia. Gild­ner Ford Lin­coln, Gild­ner Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, and Gild­ner Chevro­let Buick GMC will re­main in their cur­rent lo­ca­tions, but all now op­er­ate as mem­bers of the South­west Auto Col­lec­tion. The ac­qui­si­tion was led by Byrd and is be­ing pur­chased from Ch­eryl Gild­ner.

South­west Ford Lin­coln, South­west Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, and South­west Chevro­let Buick GMC opened Mon­day, April 2, 2018, and will be op­er­ated on a daily ba­sis by Mor­gan.

“We are very ex­cited about be­ing in Arkadel­phia and we look for-

ward to be­ing great com­mu­nity part­ners,” said Byrd, pres­i­dent of South­west Auto Col­lec­tion, in the press re­lease. “These deal­er­ships are strate­gi­cally lo­cated in an area where we will be able to serve a large pop­u­la­tion of this grow­ing com­mu­nity. These are all pre­mier Amer­i­can-made prod­ucts.

“I be­lieve these man­u­fac­tures and their man­age­ment are def­i­nitely on the right track in their prod­uct de­sign, safety fea­tures, tech­nol­ogy, value propo­si­tion and ul­ti­mately de­liv­er­ing what the cus­tomers want in an au­to­mo­bile. We look for­ward to work­ing with man­u­fac­tures to dra­mat­i­cally im­prove their mar­ket share and we will work with our com­mu­nity lead­ers to make sure we are able to make this the place to buy and ser­vice ve­hi­cles for this re­gion of the state.

“We be­lieve our three deal­er­ships will out­per­form the com­peti­tors due to the his­tor­i­cal sales and cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion, and our com­mit­ment to of­fer greater se­lec­tion and value to our cus­tomers. We wel­come all of our ex­ist­ing cus­tomers along with the rest of the area to visit our new deal­er­ships.”

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Drew Dees at 501-412-0037.

South­west Auto Col­lec­tion, owned and op­er­ated by Chris Byrd and James Mor­gan. Byrd serves as pres­i­dent of South­west Auto Col­lec­tion. Mor­gan serves as op­er­at­ing owner of South­west Auto Col­lec­tion.

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CHANGE OF OWN­ERS: South­west Auto Col­lec­tion now owns the for­mer Gild­ner Au­to­mo­tive Group in Arkadel­phia. The deal­er­ship is lo­cated at 1501 N. 10th St.

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