Owner’s name: Mark Mitchell
Address: 416 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT
Phone number: 860-408-6005
Web site: www.mitchellautogroup.com
Years in business: 89
Number of employees: 17
Major milestone: Increased sales 227 percent over the past year.
Charities and local affiliations: East Coast Greenways and Rails to Trails.
Why do people enjoy doing business with you? We have more than 300 years combined experience. We are a hometown family-owned business. We treat you right the first time.
What is your vision for your company’s future? To one day add Jeep to our Chrysler, Dodge, Ram lineup while still providing our customers with five-star service.
Morande Ford Inc.
Owner’ name: Bob Morande
Address: 250 Webster Square Road, Berlin, CT
Phone number: 860-828-3546
Web site: www.MorandeFord.com
Years in business: 33
Number of employees: 53
Major milestones: We are very proud of our 33 years of service in Central Connecticut.
Charities and local affiliations: Channel 3 Kids Camp and the Klingberg Family Center. We also hold a local food drive.
Why do people enjoy doing business with you? We have a warm and friendly staff, a top-notch sales department and a very efficient service department.
What is your vision for you company’s future? Our goal is to provide an excellent custo
Papa’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Owner’s Name: Domenic Papa
Address: 585 E. Main Street, New Britain
Phone number: 860-225-8751
Web site: www.PapasDodge.com
Years in business: Since 1947. The 65th anniversary celebration is underway
Number of employees: 100+
Major milestones:1947 Papa’s Garage opens; 1948 Crosley automobile dealer; 1966 Dodge dealer; 1967 Chrysler dealer; 1980 First Classic Car show. (Papa’s held five classic car shows in 2011, including a Drive-in Movie Night.) 1991 Papa’s Autohouse Used Car Super Store opens; 2005 Papa’s opens the current facility, the largest in the region with a 55-car showroom, full-service diner and barber/beauty shop. Called “America’s Most Unique Dealership.”
Charities and local affiliations:Special Olympics CT; American Red Cross; Law Enforcement Torch Run: New Britain Food Resource Center: Hometown Wheels Foundation: Dream Cruise: Farrell Treatment Center: Senderos Teen Life Center; Friendship Service Center
Why do people enjoy doing business with you?
Having started as an auto repair shop in 1947, we are “The Dealership that Service Built.” Our founders started the business to serve their friends and neighbors. Many of our employees have been here for a long time – one for 50 years! Families have bought cars from us more than four generations. You are doing business with friends and neighbors when you do business at Papa’s.
What is your vision for your company’s future?
Our mission statement is simply “To Be The Best.” Our future is to continue to be the best, whether we are selling or servicing cars. Treating our customers and employees the right way and continuing to serve our community are also important elements of our mission.