ASHLAND, OR– Butler Ford began a new chapter in its history, as construction started on a state-of-the-art Ford showroom at 1977 Highway 99 North, where the current Ford store has been located for over 38 years.
Working with Adroit Construction Co. Inc., Butler Automotive Group began demolition and construction on a new, 14,300-square-foot facility. The new facility will encompass a showroom, service department, and collision repair center. Bob Mayers, CEO and co-founder of Adroit Construction had this to say, “For Linda and Chuck Butler to put their trust in you as a Contractor is both rewarding and humbling. The entire Adroit Construction team is proud to say we have a small part in building the Butler Ford legacy that the Butlers continue to create.”
This marks the greatest change of scenery at Butler Ford since founders Chuck and Linda Butler moved their dealership from downtown Ashland to Highway 99 in 1977. The Butlers set up shop in Ashland a year earlier and have been an integral part of the Southern Oregon community ever since.
“It’s exciting to start this project,” said Chuck Butler, founder and president of Butler Automotive Group. “Building a new Ford facility is the perfect way to celebrate our 40th anniversary in Ashland next spring.”
Co-founder Linda Butler is looking forward to the opportunities the new Ford building poses for customers and employees alike. “Our customers, as well as our employees, are like family to us,” said Linda. “Moving on from a building with so much history can be difficult, but it’s worth it to provide a better environment for the people who make this company, and this community, so special.”
Managing Partner and General Manager Warren Cooper feels the new building will help Butler Ford to succeed within a fast-paced industry. “It goes without saying that a lot has changed in the automotive world, especially in the last decade,” said Warren. “With the changes we’ve seen in technology and the internet, it’s more important than ever for our staff to have better-equipped facilities.”
Construction is scheduled to be completed in spring of 2016.
Butler Ford is located in beautiful Ashland, Oregon, and is one of four dealerships that make up Butler Automotive Group. Chuck and Linda Butler opened Butler Ford in 1976, and their dealerships, service centers, and rental agency now employ over 100 people at locations in Ashland and Medford. Butler Automotive Group is proud to support over 35 community organizations, as well as nationally recognized organizations like Susan G. Komen for the Cure.