June 15, 2017


The McLaughlin Family Companies, the owner and operator of New Way Ford in Coon Rapids, will open a car dealership on the east side of Highway 4 in Jefferson next month.

New Way Auto Group will sell pre-owned vehicles on a former car lot north of Casa de Oro, a Mexico restaurant located at 1409 N. Elm St.

The auto dealership has targeted July 29 to begin operations, said Michael McLaughlin, CEO of the family business portfolio, which also includes Scranton Manufacturing New Way, a major employer in Greene County, and Bowie International in Lake City.

The Jefferson dealership will take advantage of sales openings as well as leverage the strong New Way brand name in the region, McLaughlin said.

“We already have cars over there, and people say they are ready to buy them,” McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin’s son, Mike McLaughlin Jr., will be sales manager of the new Jefferson auto business.

A key feature of New Way Auto Group will be a shuttle service to New Way’s award-winning repair shop in Coon Rapids.

Customers can drop off and pick up their vehicles in Jefferson for service in Coon Rapids.

New Way Auto plans to have about 25 vehicles on its Jefferson lot for sale.