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Ford moves to disenfranchise historic Grand Gorge dealership

Nov 04, 2016 8:15 am

Greg Hudson is reporting in The Daily Mail a car dealership in business for more than 80 years in the Delaware County town of Grand Gorge is at risk of losing its Ford franchise. W.S. Hinkley & Sons, Inc., was established in 1930 by Henry Ford himself, but the Ford Motor Company now claims the dealership is underperforming and it has taken steps to sever its ties with the business. Hinkley & Sons owner Ed Hinkley has initiated legal action against Ford to prevent the dealership from being disenfranchised. "Terminating a long-standing, loyal franchise that has promoted the Ford brand for nearly a century not only eliminates local jobs in sales and service, but forces rural customers to drive to more urban areas to do business," Hinkley said in a statement. Hinkley was informed in 2013 that the business had failed to meet Ford's corporate sales and performance standards. In November 2015, declared its intent to disenfranchise the dealership. "The bigger story here is the systematic elimination of small town jobs in our country by American corporations with little regard to loyalty, history, or personal responsibility," Hinkley said. "...Henry Ford knew the importance of maintaining long standing relationships with its customers and its dealers that are not based solely on profit alone." Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

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