Van Horn adds Iowa Chevrolet dealership

The Van Horn Automotive group has announced the acquisition of Grovert Chevrolet, 7300 28th Ave., Newhall, Iowa. This marks the 11th dealership to be part of the Van Horn Automotive Group and the second Chevrolet dealership, since the original Joe Van Horn Chevrolet of Plymouth opened in 1966.

As a well-established automotive group, operating for over 50 years, this will be the first dealership location outside the state of Wisconsin. However, Iowa is not new territory for the Van Horn family.

“My great grandparents immigrated from Ireland and settled in Ainsworth, near Washington, Iowa,” said Chuck Van Horn, chief executive officer of Van Horn Automotive Group. “We celebrated our centennial on the family farm about 10 years ago, which is still owned by our cousin who is a fourth-generation farmer.”

Teresa Van Horn, chief operating officer of Van Horn Automotive Group, adds, “My father grew up on the farm in Ainsworth and my mother is from Davenport, Iowa. Our family is very happy to be back in Iowa; especially with a leading franchise like Chevrolet. The over 100-year history of the Grovert dealership, and our shared passion for customer satisfaction, played a big part in our decision to purchase.”

Van Horn intends to increase vehicle inventory and further develop the service center, as well as grow staff. Jon Bell, a member of the acquisition team, will operate as the executive manager of Van Horn Chevrolet of Newhall. Bell was previously the operating partner in Chezik-Bell Ford Lincoln Mercury and Chezik-Bell Honda Mercedes Volvo Mitsubishi, in Iowa City, over a period of 14 years.

“We strive to invest in all the communities that we serve, and make customer experience our first priority” said Dick Strong, president of Van Horn Automotive Group. “Coming from the small town of Plymouth, we understand and embrace the role and responsibility each business has in the community.”

The Van Horn Automotive Group is a family-born, employee-owned automotive group with headquarters in Plymouth. Founded in 1966 by Joe Van Horn as a single Chevrolet dealership it was later purchased by his children Chuck, Teresa and JP Van Horn.

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