Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 18 : Fall 2013 - Page 49

Motors. Valley Motors was built with its own service bays and showroom to sell/service Pontiac and General Motors vehicles. Later Harry added the Jeep brand to his lineup of vehicles offered to The Valley. Harry eventually sold the businesses off and the Valley Motors location went to Ouellette Building Supply sometime during the 1980’s. Under new ownership, the front portion of the building was torn down to make way for a brand new renovation to the property. A new steel frame, siding, second story and an overall expansion took place. Ouellette’s operated in the Valley Motors location for approximately 14 more years until it was sold to Jim Pelletier, Steve’s father. additional positions in the company. “We have just begun and still have a lot more to do, but I am confident that Fort Kent will soon be known as “The Place” to buy your next vehicle and get service that is second to none.” Glenn began with Martin Ford back in 1988, eventually working his way through the years to general manager. “Glenn is the backbone to both dealerships” said Steve Pelletier “I really enjoy this business, and I feel I have the competent people and place to now expand.” Valley Motors will be holding a grand opening beginning October 3, 2013, a year to the day of the tragic fire. “We are blessed to have the opportunity and ability to have this event.” stated Steve Pelletier, “Without the hard work and efforts of the area firefighters, Carl and his staff along with many others during the fire, we wouldn’t have the building that we are in today.” Construction of the new lot and dealership will continue through the fall. Steve, Glenn and all his employees welcome everyone from The Valley, Aroostook County and Maine to visit their new dealership. “Just drive to Fort Kent. You can’t miss it.” Jim Pelletier, an icon in the forestry industry, realized the need of continuing area businesses and began renovations to the building for various businesses. Eventually, the building was leased to Northern Maine Medical Center for their wellness and fitness programs. During the discussion process of purchasing Valley Auto, Steve and his father recalled the old auto dealership owned by Escovitz back in the day. It was then decided to bring back the old name, Valley Motors, with a new face which would be located exactly in the same location of where it previously stood in the mid 20th century. Arrangements were made with NMMC to relocate in order for Valley Motors to begin their construction/reconstruction process. The building has begun a complete renovation with new sales offices, a beautiful customer waiting area, an enormous showroom, a brand new service garage with wash bay and full administrative offices upstairs which houses staff from both Pelletier Ford and Valley Motors. Glenn Ouellette, General Manager of both locations, said, “It is a great opportunity for the people of the Valley and all of Aroostook County.” Glenn has since hired many new people due to increase in business and the need for FALL 2013 49