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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Thurby Ford

Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Thurby Automotive Group held a ground breaking ceremony on August 25th for a new state of the art Trustmark Ford Facility located at 4497 National Pike Road, Markleysburg, PA. The new facility is located one mile past Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and will be easily accessable from everywhere. The dealership will be built on a 48-acre parcel and will carry a full line of new Ford cars, SUVs, and trucks, as well as a large 16 bay service department, new car delivery area, indoor service write-up area, and a full Ford FRAC Rental Car Department. A dedicated area for Ford Certified Pre Owned vehicles will also be on site.

"The investment for the growth in Fayette County shows our continued committment to the community," said Joe Thurby who has been in the automotive business for 50 years since 1960 with the Dodge, Lincoln Mercury, and Ford franchises. "We have supported Fayette and Somerset Counties, as well as the local schools since the beginning and have raised our families here, so it is only fitting to build another new facility here again." Many young drivers have learned to drive on the student driver education cars provided by Thurby Automotive since 1971.

The new dealership will feature special local flair such as Super Duty Mountain, F-150 Hill, and a test drive track on site. "The mountain area is growing fast and we feel the location is perfect for the decor we are using and for a great consumer experience,” Thurby noted.

The Thurby Dealerships have earned the prestigious Presidents Award from Ford Motor Company for customer satisfaction for 15 years at their dealerships. "Our customers are the focus of everything we do," said Joey Thurby, who has operated the Thurby Riverside Ford Dealership in Confluence since 1993, Thurby Lincoln Mercury from 1980 to 2013, and Thurby Automotive in Uniontown. He also a Penn State graduate serves as Chairman of the Neighborhood Ford Store dealer group and is a 12-year board member of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association (PAA).

Thurby added, "We are so excited to work with Jim Kelly of New Belle construction and Daniel Hudec of Hudec Excavating, who are both owners of local Fayette County businesses. Baker, Bednar, and Snyder are the Architects and Earthtech Inc. in Uniontown is the Engineering Consulting and Scientific firm. Our goal is to build an Energy Efficient State of the Art  (GO Green) Facility in conjunction with Ford Motor Company’s Plans and Business model. Our elected officials were very instrumental in helping with the required permits and bringing this new business to Fayette County, noting that over 45 jobs will be added at the Fayette county employment roles." 

The Grand Opening details will be communicated to the public later in the year. “We are very excited to celebrate and continue to grow in the next 50 years said the Thurby family. 

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