LaFontaine Automotive Group, the fastest-growing dealer group in Michigan, today announced it has acquired Delehanty Ford, located at 1510 E Pierson Rd, Flushing, MI, 48433. This latest acquisition comes on the heels of the Group’s recent purchase of Shuman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram on Oct. 1.
“Through all of the uncertainty we’ve faced in 2020, one thing that has remained consistent is my family’s commitment to our LaFontaine family of 1,600 plus employees to continue to expand our footprint and position us for continued growth,” said Ryan LaFontaine, Chief Operating Officer, LaFontaine Automotive Group. “This is an exciting day for LaFontaine Automotive Group as we expand our presence in Genesee County to better serve the residents of this great community – for sales, service, body shop and parts.”
Founded in 1980 by Michael Sr. and the Maureen LaFontaine, the nationally-recognized LaFontaine Automotive Group now includes 41 retail franchises, six collision centers and 20 Michigan retail locations. The Group employs over 1,600 individuals. It’s the ongoing mission of the LaFontaine family and passionate team members to personalize the automotive experience by building lifelong relationships that connect families and strengthen communities. The Group sold 35,081 vehicles in 2019 and is ranked as the 52nd largest dealer group based in the U.S. by Automotive News.
“Genesee County has experienced significant growth over the past few years and has vibrant communities across the county,” said Kelley LaFontaine, Vice President, LaFontaine Automotive Group. “With two dealerships in Genesee County, we are focused on continuing to foster lifelong relationships with residents and businesses alike, and with this new location, we will be able to increase our support and make a greater impact on those living and working in the surrounding communities.”
Josh Sloan will oversee the new LaFontaine Ford of Flushing location. Sloan started with LaFontaine Automotive Group in 2018 and was previously General Sales Manager of LaFontaine CDJR of Fenton. “It is a true honor to take the helm and lead the dedicated team at LaFontaine Ford of Flushing. I look forward to welcoming everyone into our dealership and delivering a best-in-class automotive experience for our customers,” said Sloan.
Peter LaFontaine will be the new General Sales Manager for LaFontaine Ford of Flushing. LaFontaine started with LaFontaine Automotive Group in 2018 and was previously New Car Manager of LaFontaine CDJR of Fenton.
Delehanty Ford was purchased in 2009 by brothers Mike Delehanty and John Delehanty, after previously operating Delehanty Pontiac for over 60 years, that was founded by their father Edward Delehanty in 1947. The dealership employs nearly 40 individuals and sold over 500 vehicles in 2019.
“The Delehanty’s are a great family and are well-respected in Genesee County, having a long history of giving back to their local community,” added Ryan LaFontaine. “Their customer and community-first mindset aligns perfectly with our mission at LaFontaine Automotive Group. We are committed to continuing on the legacy the Delehanty family has created over the past 70 plus years and will be pouring our passion into the community.”
As of this announcement, the dealership will be renamed LaFontaine Ford of Flushing.