AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The effect that General Motors Lordstown Complex has had on the Valley is immense, and the numbers prove that.
Greenwood Chevrolet is a sprawling, modern dealership on Mahoning Avenue in Austintown. It is what one would expect from a dealership, which last year sold more new cars than any other dealership in the area.
“The origins of this dealership came in the same year they opened Lordstown,” said Greg Greenwood, who runs his namesake store.
The dealership was first started by Marv Minnemum in 1966. Greenwood said having the Lordstown plant nearby is a gift.
“In this area, we’re not only 100 percent effective for GM, most of us are 200-plus percent effective for General Motors, and so it’s twice the national or state average,” he said.
New vehicle sales from last year show that Greenwood Chevrolet was the top-selling dealership around Youngstown. It fact, sales figures for new cars show that four of the top five dealerships sold General Motors products.
The number one make, by far, was Chevrolet, with 8,265 new vehicles sold last year. Ford was second with about half that number.
Three of the top five models were also made by General Motors. The Chevy Equinox was easily the top seller. The Cruze was eighth.
“When it comes to competition, we can beat the Fords. We can beat the Chryslers,” said Barry Gonis, who runs Spitzer Chevrolet.
The dealership is six miles west of Greenwood on Mahoning Avenue in North Jackson. It is the closest Chevy dealership to the Lordstown plant and has a number-one GM ranking.
“That’s unheard of. When you look at a little store like this, never expecting to do the numbers that it does,” Gonis said. “But the help from the Lordstown plant, the GM employees, and the GM employees helping all the other people across the area, friends and family, giving them a nice supplier program makes it the best deal in the country.”
Greenwood and Spitzer are two Chevrolet dealers on the same road, just six miles apart. They said they are both doing great.
“We’re definitely a GM town,” Greenwood said.
“I have friends who have restaurants and business all over the Mahoning Valley, and without the GM employees, where would we be?” Gonis said.