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De Cormier Nissan

George F. De Cormier was born on February 7, 1918 in Longmeadow, Mass.  He attended Springfield schools, and graduated from Commerce High.  He met his wife, Wilhelmina while in second grade.  They were married just after World War II began. They moved to Connecticut where George worked as an Engineering Director for Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford. 

In late 1945, George decided he wanted to open his own business and be his own boss. His idea was to purchase older vehicles, repair them, and sell them for profit. This idea would become "De Cormier Motor Sales.”
The original building on 24 Maple Street in Manchester was an older two story with large windows on the first floor and two apartments upstairs.  He paid Victor D'Anniello three months rent in advance, put the deposits down for the phone and lights, and purchased a desk, bench grinder,  electric drill, a clamp and vise, a chain fall, a work bench, a jack, two creepers, and a compressor.

In 1955, De Cormier received a Rambler Franchise. They also had Hudson's and Metropolitan's until Hudson merged with Nash and became American Motors. In 1970, George dropped the American Motors portion and signed up with Datsun which later became "Nissan". 

In December of 1960, while celebrating 15 years of successful business, De Cormier Motors moved to a new location on 285 Broad Street. This would be their home for the next 36 years. This new location offered more space and a luxurious showroom with air conditioning and tinted store windows. Most dealers did not have these luxuries. Business was growing. George's ethical business plan was in full swing. Customers could come in, get treated with respect, and get a fair deal. Over the years, De Cormier Motors has earned a large, dedicated customer base.

Customers who bought or leased here refer friends and family members knowing that the De Cormier family would care for them.

Middletown Nissan

Owner’s Name: Dave Calabrese
Address: 1153 Newfield Street, Middletown
Phone number: 860-632-6550
Web site: MiddletownNissan.com
Years in business: 16
Number of employees: 80-plus

Major milestones:

Eight-time recipient of the “Owner First Award of Excellence.” This is an award given to distinguished Nissan Dealers for compliance and how they treat their customers.

Opening the Middletown Nissan Pre-Owned Value Center where everyone can buy a quality car regardless of credit status.

No. 1 sales volume dealer in the market.

A-plus rated by the Better Business Bureau.

Charities and local affiliations: Major contributor to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, various local toy drives and many other community events and fundraisers.

Why do people enjoy doing business with you?

Owner Dave Calabrese grew up in the business, staring as a technician and becoming an owner who understands what customers want and what his employees go through each day. His true love for cars and people is apparent to all because he is a real owner/operator who is at the dealership every day. He has hired and trained an experienced, friendly and knowledgeable staff.

What is your vision for your company’s future?

Dave wants to continue to grow the right way, by taking care of each customer and continually training and developing his family of employees.

Dave also is driven to find ways to provide customer value through rebates, discounts, incentive programs, financing partnerships and always having the right invento

Mitchell Chrysler Dodge

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.

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