SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS – Nestled in the heart of Conrad, Courtesy Ford will have you covered from the sale of your new or used vehicle to the service it needs for a lifetime. I-O Photo by Deanna Wakkinen
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
As a new special for the I-O we will be running a bi-monthly ‘Spotlight on Business’ with an emphasis on their contributions to our community and their history.
Back in the fall of 1986, a family looking to own their own business in Conrad, came from Choteau and bought Courtesy Ford from Audi Solvie. Fred and Laurie Morris had looked at several businesses and were hoping to find one that they could work together within. Shortly after their purchase, they moved to Conrad to work and raise their children.
Four years after Fred and Laurie purchased the business, another man, Jack Rogers, also of Choteau, bought in and also continues to be an owner to this day.
Currently 12 people are employed by Courtesy Ford. Fred would like to pat them all on the back and is grateful to the fact that many of them have been with them for a long time.
“Some have been here the whole 25 years we’ve been here including the late Gerry Walter.” F. Morris noted that Walter had been the service manager for the past 21 years and a mechanic for years before that. F. Morris continued by saying he was a “dedicated and hard worker and will be missed at Courtesy Ford.”
One of the business’s goals is to keep a stable employment and to treat their customers properly from sales to service.
This Ford dealership will have you covered from the sale of your new or used car to the continued service it needs. They are also able to service most other makes of vehicles. Technicians in the shop keep up with technology and update their training periodically.
This Main St. business participates in the Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce and enjoys accommodating downtown events and community programs.
F. Morris commented that the economy is stable here, there is a need for their business and that they plan to be here a long time. He went on to comment that Conrad is a “good community to live in and to have a business in … we appreciate all of our customer loyalty and relations we’ve established with other businesses in town.”