The Ford automobile dealership on U.S. 40 at the west edge of Brazil will be reopening soon. New owner, Bob Bowen, hopes to have the facility ready for business Aug. 15.
Bowen, who graduated from Terre Haute North and Indiana State University, has 22 years experience in the car business. He helped his father run the Olds-GMC-Mazda dealership in Vigo County.
When that business closed and the property was sold to Walgreen's, the 37-year-old wasn't ready to retire. He knew a dealership was available and that there was a need for Ford service in Brazil.
"We like the Ford product," Bowen said. "They're coming out next spring with a new car, the Futura. It will replace the Taurus."
Bowen said they would have all direct repair services available that are accepted by insurance companies. They have all new repair and paint and body equipment including a new $50,000 state of the art paint booth.
"We're big into service," Bowen said. "We will service every make and model of car no matter where it was bought.
"Most of our old technicians are coming back," he continued. "The oldest one has been with us over 30 years. The average years of experience is 12 to 15 years. I expect to hire 12 to 15 new people for a total of about 35 employees.
Bowen and his wife, Lynn, have three children. Kori is 6, Annie, 4, and little Sam is 2.
"With three children six and under, my wife is the one with the full-time job," Bowen said.
He and his family will continue to live in Terre Haute but will be very involved with the Brazil community.
"I think smaller is better in some cases. I'm happy to be here in Brazil and am looking forward to serving the community. I'm going to be here for a long, long time."