October 4th, 2022 – LaFontaine Automotive Group, the largest family-owned dealer group in Michigan, today announced it has acquired Bill MacDonald Ford in St. Clair, Michigan. This is the fifth Ford dealership as part of LaFontaine Automotive Group and comes on the heals of the Keller Ford acquisition in Grand Rapids in late August and the Group’s acquisition of St. Clair Chevrolet Buick GMC in the fall of 2021.
“As we continue to execute our retail expansion plans in Michigan, we remain focused on diversifying our brand portfolio, personalized guest options for sales, service, parts and body shop, and offering our LaFontaine team a platform for continued professional growth,” said Ryan LaFontaine, CEO, LaFontaine Automotive Group.
LaFontaine Automotive Group has been on an aggressive acquisition path, adding 18 retail locations in the past five years, all in Michigan.
Founded in 1980 by Michael Sr. and Maureen LaFontaine, the nationally-recognized LaFontaine Automotive Group now includes 53 retail franchises, 7 collision centers and 31 Michigan retail locations. The Group employs over 2,200 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 54,266 vehicles in 2021 and is ranked as the 33rd largest dealer group based in the U.S. by Automotive News.
“In short order we have deployed community-focused initiatives across the Blue Water area, joined numerous local chambers and identified opportunities that uplift residents and fellow business owners alike,” said Kelley LaFontaine, Vice President, LaFontaine Automotive Group.
Robert Simmons, Executive General Manager with LaFontaine Automotive Group will oversee the new St. Clair Ford location, in addition to his responsibilities over other LaFontaine locations.
Following the closing, the dealership will be renamed LaFontaine Ford St. Clair. Ryan LaFontaine will be the dealer operator. The dealership is nearly 20,000 sq. ft. and is located at 1200 S Carney Dr, St Clair, MI 48079.
MEDIA NOTE: Financial details are not disclosed on transaction and no broker was used as part of the deal.
About LaFontaine Automotive Group
Founded in 1980 by Michael Sr. and Maureen LaFontaine, the award-winning and nationally-recognized LaFontaine Automotive Group includes 52 retail franchises, 7 collision centers and 30 Michigan retail locations. The group employs nearly 2,100 individuals. It’s the mission of the LaFontaine Family to personalize the automotive experience by building lifelong relationships that connect families and strengthen communities. The LaFontaine commitment to customers, staff, and local communities is demonstrated by active participation and contributions to numerous non-profit organizations, educational institutions and charities throughout southeast Michigan. The combination of both the mission and core values provides the basic foundation of our promise … to treat every customer like they are members of our family. From sales, to service to parts, LaFontaine Automotive Group is able to meet any customer’s specific needs. LaFontaine represents the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Fiat, Genesis, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, KIA, Mazda, RAM, Polestar, Subaru, Toyota, Volvo and Volkswagen. The LaFontaine Family Deal; it’s not just what you get, it’s how you feel. Visit www.familydeal.com for additional details.