Provo and Orem officials were working against each other Friday, but this time it was for a good cause.
In cars tethered by a ceremonial ribbon, Provo Mayor Joe Jenkins and Orem Mayor Pro Tem Paul Washburn staged a tug of war to "cut" the ribbon and open the new Rick Warner Chevrolet-Buick dealership.Surrounded by state and local dignitaries, including Lt. Gov. Val Oveson, state Sen. C.E. "Chuck" Peterson, R-Provo, and Catherine Johnson, representing U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, owner Rick Warner expressed his enthusiasm for the new dealership and the many possibilities it has for growth in the future.
"People in Utah Valley are great," Warner said. "They are wonderful friends and offer great hospitality."
Warner began his career in 1945 as a mechanic's helper, acknowledging that he "didn't know a carburetor from a distributor." Since that time he has become one of the largest car dealers in the western United States.
"The reason for our success is because we have been blessed with wonderful people that make it happen," he said.
Managed by Marc Ensign, the new Provo/Orem dealership will offer full service departments, mechanics, body shops and a large parts department. Each department will carry the Warner motto, "No unhappy customers."
Warner purchased the Chevrolet-Buick dealership from Ed Higgins at the end of last year. In the four months they have been in business sales have steadily increased.
"We look forward to the continuation of what have been four wonderful months," Warner said.
Jenkins welcomed the Warner business to the area. "You don't how excited we were to know the caliber of people and the progressive efforts Rick Warner has."
Rick Warner Chevrolet-Buick is located at 2125 N. University Parkway.