Norris Ford celebrates 100 years in Dundalk
- By Patrick Taylor -
This year, Norris Ford in Dundalk is celebrating their centennial anniversary, and on June 9 and 10 they hosted local politicians, members of the Ford team and the Dundalk community to join in the celebration.
With an array of classic cars on display, the Norris and Cook families discussed the history of the dealership, which stretches back to 1917.
George Norris was in the buggy business when things started, and when he heard about Henry Ford he traveled out to Michigan to meet with him. Just a couple weeks later, Norris and Ford had a dealership agreement, with the first dealership located on Dundalk Avenue where Pinland Lanes currently sits.
“Norris Ford is not only a pillar of our community, it’s part of the fabric of Dundalk,” said Councilman Todd Crandell (R-7). “We look forward to having you here for another 100 years.”
Over the years, Norris Ford has shown great ability to adapt. When economic downturn halted new car sales, they started selling used cars and parts. Eventually, they realized they had a golden opportunity with wholesale part sales and committed to that endeavour. Now, they sell approximately $2.5 million worth of wholesale parts monthly, which puts them in the top 10 wholesale parts dealers in the nation.
“It’s just an incredible accomplishment,” said Diane Craig of Ford. “What makes our company so special is family businesses which is what we have in Norris/Cook. Continuous ownership in a single community is just fantastic.”
Craig noted that Henry Ford’s mission wasn’t just to make money, but to give back to the community.
“You’ve done so much to give back to the community,” Craig continued. “It really is a role model store. This is the face of Ford in this community, and it’s the people who make it special.”