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Ford dealership to change hands

On April 1, Hanson-Ford will continue as a local Ford dealership under a new owner, Jeremy Glavan, and a new name, Glavan-Ford of Clay Center.

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2016 12:50 pm | Updated: 1:34 pm, Fri Mar 25, 2016.

On April 1, Hanson-Ford will continue as a local Ford dealership under a new owner, Jeremy Glavan, and a new name, Glavan-Ford of Clay Center.

Jeremy has 23 years of experience selling cars and in the auto trading business, including experience as a finance manager, general manager and co-owner. He sold interests in three stores in order to purchase the Clay Center dealership as a business that is “solely” his own, a dream he’s had since he started in the business at 19.

“I didn’t want any more partners,” Jeremy said. “It’s been a lifelong dream to own my own store. I couldn’t think of a better place to have that dream come true.”

Because the dealership is changing hands, Ford will require a new state-of-the art facility in two to three years. Jeremy said he plans to build that facility here in Clay Center and until then, operate out of the Fifth Street facility.

“My plans are to be part of the Clay Center community and do business locally and support local businesses,” Jeremy said.  “We want to the community to grow and we want to support the schools of Clay County and support the businesses of Clay County. I think if you do those things, you’ll see the community thrive.”

What won’t change is the dealership’s long tradition of “great customer service,” Jeremy said. He said he likes that Clay Center has had a Ford dealership for 100 years, and he’d like to continue that long tradition and reputation for selling great cars.

And also sees potential for the dealership to not only sell more cars locally, but also to compete with dealers in surrounding communities, including Manhattan and Junction City.

“I think we need to be able to sell a lot of cars to be able to meet the needs of people in the community,” Jeremy said. “We need to starting going to Junction City, the military base and Manhattan and bring their business to Clay Center. A lot of people spend money there, it’s Clay Center’s turn to bring people here and spend money here, and that revenue will help the community.”

Jeremy and his wife Nicole and their four children came from  Ardmore, Okla., and are in the process of moving to Clay Center. Nicole, who will serve as his “right-hand gal” will also be active in the community.

Their oldest daughter, Madison, 18, will be attending OSU, their 14-year-old son, Cooper, will attend CCCHS as a ninth-grader. He also has a 10 year-old daughter Emory, a fifth-grader; and a 10-month-old, Sophia.

Jeremy and Nicole said they are looking forward to living here. They expect to close on their new home on April 4 or 5.

“We’ve never been in a community that’s so friendly -- hats off to the kindness people here have shown us,” Jeremy said. “It’s been a blessing from God above to find this community.”

Jeremy learned that Hanson-Ford was up for sale through a broker that handles such sales. He said he looked at 10 to 15 stores/dealerships between Oklahoma and Wyoming, but kept coming back to Clay Center.

“God brought us here and it’s worked out for the better,” Jeremy said.

Clay Center happens to be about halfway between Jeremy’s family in Littleton, Colo., and Nicole’s family in Seminole, Okla. That played a big part in their decision to move here and purchase the dealerships, but so did the overwhelmingly warm welcome they’ve received so far.

“We really want to be a part of the community, I can’t say that enough,” Jeremy said. “ A lot of times people don’t want to take care of the community (or make it their own) when they own a business, but we really want to be a part of the community and support it.”

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