Eric McCracken cuts the ribbon at the new showroom at Lee Kinstle GM Sales and Service Thursday. Members of the community came out to enjoy an open house at the new building. (Times Bulletin/Lindsay McCoy)
Eric McCracken cuts the ribbon at the new showroom at Lee Kinstle GM Sales and Service Thursday. Members of the community came out to enjoy an open house at the new building. (Times Bulletin/Lindsay McCoy)
VAN WERT - The Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce joined Lee Kinstle GM Sales and Service for a ribbon cutting on Thursday to celebrate the new showroom and open house. The community had the opportunity to view the new showroom, enjoy snacks and drinks provided by Collins Fine Foods, and partake in a drawing for a 60-inch television.

“We are very excited,” said Eric McCracken of Lee Kinstle. “We love and support this community and wouldn’t want to do it anywhere else. We are enjoying the newness of the place. I loved the old building and was very excited to keep most of that the same but also make it look more like Chevrolet and General Motors wanted us to look.”

The new branding on the front of the structure is now more recognizable to the brand, and McCracken hopes that people driving by will easily recognize the look and know to stop by with any of their needs.

It took 50 weeks to complete the entire renovation project. The project started on Jan. 10, 2013, and concluded Dec. 29, 2013. Many people did not realize the building was under renovation for the first portion of the project because the majority of the work began on the inside of the building. Engineers from all over the country came to Van Wert to work on the project. These engineers were joined by a team of great contractors, many of them from the Van Wert community.



“We love the results,” noted McCracken. “It is bright and modern. Lee’s picture still hangs here in the building, and that name will never change.”