Debbie Melton introduces GM and Bradley County officials Wednesday to start the announcements that Don Ledford Automotive Center is launching a $1.7 million construction project and General Motors is bringing Chevrolet back to Cleveland.Photo by Randall Higgins /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
CLEVELAND, Tenn. — General Motors officials joined Don Ledford Automotive Center general manager and partner Debbie Melton this afternoon to unveil a $1.7 million construction project and announce the return of Chevrolet to the Cleveland market.
Two years ago the community rallied around the local dealership when GM was cutting franchises across the country. Hall Chevrolet, the local franchisee then, went out of business.
The new building will feature services customers said they wanted, Melton said.
Ken Borough, Tennessee and Alabama zone manager for Chevrolet, said, “Debbie’s done a heck of a job” when asked what saved the GM franchise here and brought back Chevrolet.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...