Chenango’s dealerships weather the car industry’s collapse

CHENANAGO – In the wake of bankruptcy, General Motors announced it would rejected the franchise agreements of 18 percent of its total dealerships while Chrysler cut nearly 25 percent of its entire network, claiming the closures were necessary for the survival of the companies.

Of the 1,1000 GM outlets that received notice, each of the four dealers in Chenango County, Benedict Corporation, Christman Motor Sales Inc., both of Norwich, McCredy Motors Inc. in Sherburne and Scoville-Meno Chevrolet Inc. in Bainbridge, all said they had been offered a place in the restructured company and would not be closing their doors.

Of the 789 announced closures, the sole Chrysler dealership in the county, Norwich Dodge Chrysler Jeep, in Norwich, also confirmed Thursday that it was spared the chopping block.

“I’m proud to say we’re part of the New General Motors and I’m also proud to say I’m looking forward to working with General Motors for the next 20 years before I retire,” said Christman’s owner Thomas L. Morrone.

Benedict’s owner, Trip deCordova read aloud a letter he received from GM dated June 1.

“On behalf of the entire GM team, as GM embarks on an exciting new future, I am extremely pleased that Benedict Corporation has been identified by GM as one of its key dealers.”

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