Montgomery Ford celebrates grand re-opening in grand style
By Liz Dadson

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Taking part in the official ribbon-cutting for the grand re-opening of Montgomery Ford in Kincardine, Friday night, are Greg Montgomery (L), Hayden Montgomery, Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer, special guest Dave Farrish, assistant coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs; Mike Herniak, general manager of Ford's eastern region; Ian and Jean Montgomery, and Jameson Montgomery

A Ford "Golden Shovel" award is presented to Montgomery Ford at the grand re-opening in Kincardine Friday night, from left: Dan Olsen, dealer sales manager; Mike Herniak, general manager of Ford's eastern region; Ian and Greg Montgomery, Kevin Taylor, Ford credit regional manager; Akbar Sheikh, dealer sales manager, and his wife, Asiya

People tour the new showroom at Montgomery Ford in Kincardine

A photo collage was unveiled Friday night, featuring, clockwise from top right, Gordon, Ian, Greg and James Montgomery

The Bruce County Country band provides entertainment Friday night: Katrena Johnston (L), Rob Siddon and Steve Deer

Elaine Tanner of Kincardine tries out the Nascar Simulator at Montgomery Ford, Kincardine, Saturday morning

Montgomery Ford, Kincardine, celebrated its grand re-opening in grand style over the weekend.

The official ribbon-cutting was held Friday night. Joining Ian and Greg Montgomery for this event were Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer, Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coach Dave Farrish, and Mike Herniak, general manager of Ford's eastern region, along with Ian's wife, Jean, and Greg's two daughters, Hayden and Jameson.

"It's great to be back in the area where I was born and raised," said Farrish. "I played hockey with Ian, and I know the Montgomery family well. Their dad (Gordon Montgomery) was a big supporter of hockey and the community.

"I'm pleased to be here to show my appreciation to the Montgomery family. Plus, it's good to see people I haven't seen in awhile."

His mother still lives in Goderich and he has enjoyed coming home to visit with family. "This is a tremendous new building and I'm sure you'll sell lots of Ford Motor Products here. I'm sure I'll be in one by September."

Kraemer congratulated the Montgomerys on their newly-renovated, state-of-the-art showroom and service bays.

"We appreciate your investment in our community," he said. "This is a beautiful building and I'm sure you and your team will prosper. We wish you all the best."

Mike Herniak, general manager of Ford's eastern region, said Ford has been the number one brand in Canada for the past two years and continues to be number one.

"We respect the values of our dealers and our customers," he said. "Congratulations to Ian and Greg. Montgomery Ford has been around for 64 years and now we have three generations of the family working here."

He said the business employs 44 people in Kincardine and Lucknow, and Ford has the best sales and service in the industry.

Representatives of Ford presented a "Golden Shovel" award to the Montgomerys to hang in the new building.

Ian Montgomery thanked everyone for coming out to celebrate the completion of the renovation project in Kincardine.

"We have great staff who have been here a long time," he said, indicating Greg's mother, Shirley, who has worked there for 29 years, as well as Gord Kemp, 24 years; and Catherine Frook, 15 years.

"It's great to have loyal staff," he said.

"In 1948, my dad was looking for a general store to buy," said Ian. "At the fall fair in Lucknow, he got talking to Harvey Webster who talked him into buying a car dealership."

In 1982, Montgomery's purchased the building in Kincardine to expand the growing business. Ian's brother, James, took over that shop.

"I find it hard to believe that it's been 19 years since James died," said Ian. "James had a lot of fun in  life and at the Kincardine location. Now, his son, Greg, is running Kincardine. It's great to have family behind you."

He said the new building brings the Kincardine dealership into the 21st Century. "We plan to be here for a long time."

A photo collage, created by Jean and Robin Montgomery, was unveiled. It features Gordon Montgomery, his sons, James and Ian, and James' son, Greg.

About 250 people attended the Friday night event, with wine and cheese, and entertainment by the Bruce County Country band. The wine was provided by Carrick Wines of Mildmay, and "Montgomery" wine glasses were given away as keepsakes.

Saturday was family day with a barbecue by the Kincardine Lions Club, Andrea Zimmer as Lucy and the Lake Dragon, the Nascar Simulator, and tours of the new facility.

People enjoy the Kincardine Lions Club barbecue at Montgomery Ford, Kincardine, Saturday morning

Kincardine Lions Larry Bannerman (L) and George Ling work the barbecue

Kincardine Lion Eian Farrell serves the food

Don Farrish (L) and his grandson, Joshua Kelman (C), 5, of Lucknow, visit with Don's cousin, Dave Farrish at Montgomery Ford

Technician Jim Moseley enjoys the festivities

Dave Farrish (C) shows his Stanley Cup champion ring to Anne Carter (L) and John MacKenzie Friday night

Robin (L) and Murray Montgomery unveil the photo collage

A special cake to celebrate

Catherine Frook of Montgomery Ford, Kincardine, ensures there is plenty of food for people to enjoy Friday night

Philip McDonald (back), Montgomery Ford sales, and a customer check out the 1948 Ford truck

Jake Colley, 11, of Kincardine takes a turn at the Nascar Simulator

Thomas Irwin, 16, of Kincardine tries the Nascar Simulator

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