Trier Ford started in 1935. Arthur W. Trier created the family business as an International Harvester farm implement store with Mr. Trier’s two sons Arthur and Vernon joining the business in 1946. The business expanded by adding the Hudson Automobile franchise, which later consolidated with American Motors in 1954. Trier switched to Lincoln- Mercury in 1961 then discontinued their farm division to concentrate exclusively on automobiles with Ford being added in 1980. A new service and parts facility was constructed in 1989. In 1992 land was purchased for the purpose of building a pre-owned vehicle facility. Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge and Jeep-Eagle were added in 1993 with a new showroom being constructed in 1995.
Jim Scarbeary, General Manager of City Ford said, “We’re very excited about the acquisition of the Trier franchise. They have a long and distinguished history of serving area residents with quality vehicles and service. This same philosophy will continue to be the cornerstone of the new City Ford.” “Eventually we would like to relocate the City Ford store on the adjacent property next to City Chevrolet on U.S. Business 30 West in Columbia City,” Scarbeary also stated.
All current sales, service, and parts employees will be retained under the new ownership, which took effect Tuesday, October 11.