Tony Mills with Karl Chevrolet serves as the guest speaker at the Midwest Partnership Annual Dinner Meeting on January 25. Mills discussed the history of the car dealership as well as the decision for the business to open a location in Stuart last summer. Midwest Partnership 2018 President Norm Fandel (right) presents a plaque to 2017 President John Rutledge for his service. Scott Tonderum (right) presents the Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Brad and Becky Kramer for their business, Kramer's Cafe in Orient. Scott Tonderum (left) presents the Guy Powell Award to Jack Brown of Greenfield. Brown was chosen because of his inspiring vision for the future, selfess volunteering and overall contribution to the Greenfield community.

Karl Chevrolet plans multi-million-dollar boost to Stuart dealership

Tony Mills headlines MWP dinner in Panora

Karl Chevrolet has plans for a multi-million-dollar enhancement project at its Stuart dealership, one that will leverage land in the front and north sections of the highly visible dealership.

The move is aimed at extending Karl’s geographic reach.

“We think we can make a larger impact to the north and west of us,” said Tony Mills, director of marketing for Ankeny-based Karl Chevrolet.

Mills headlined the Midwest Partnership’s annual banquet Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Lake Panorama Conference Center in Panora. The organization promotes economic development in Adair, Audubon, Greene and Guthrie counties, all regions Karl Chevrolet covers with its Stuart operation, Mills said.

“It’s a brand-new building sitting right off the interstate,” Mills said.

Karl took over the dealership in July.

“We just saw an opportunity that the community was underserved,” Mills said.

Karl Chevrolet, which opened in 1978 in Ankeny, operates under the slogan, “Your dealer for life.”

Owner Carl Moyer brings the same philosphy to Stuart, Mills said.

“He’s not going to put you into anything he’s not going to put his own family into,” Mills said, noting that he works for a hands-on owner.

“He’s always there,” Mills said. “He’s there every day.”

Customers in Stuart benefit from the symbiosis with Ankeny as Karl can access 2,000 vehicles at any given time.

“Before we bought it there wasn’t a lot of inventory,” Mills said.

The planned addition in Stuart will bring more used cars, a full-collision center, service and parts upgrades, quick lube and wash.

More than 50 jobs, many of them filled by people in the local area, will be created.

“We’re excited for the next 40 years,” Mills said. “We’re excited to be in Stuart.

In other business at the banquet the Midwest Partnership:

— Awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year honors to Brad and Becky Kramer of Kramer’s Cafe in Orient. The Kramers also have developed Harry’s Bar and Orient Lofts, revitalizing the small town.

Orient is now a thriving evening destination in southern Adair County.

— Presented the Guy Powell Award for economic-development leadership to Jack E. Brown of Greenfield. Brown has been involved in a host of economic-development projects in Greenfield from the Greenfield Chamber/Main Street to the Lions Club to the American Legion to Warren Cultural Center and Greenfield Hotel.


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