Local Dealer Deserves Better than GM's Closed List
The forced closing of the Chevrolet, Cadillac and Buick dealership in Ottawa, Kansas will hurt families, workers, General Motors customers and the local economy. Creason-Tawney GM Center, 2342 E. Logan St., Ottawa, provides automotive service work to more than 800 customers annually. Those customers will have their choice of dealerships removed if Creason-Tawney is forced to close as a GM dealer and will have to travel a minimum of 35 miles each way to receive warranty and service work on their General Motors vehicles. We consider this a grave disservice to loyal GM customers. Also in jeopardy is the sales tax revenue generated by GM vehicle sales at Creason-Tawney GM Center; $500,000 since 2006. Jim Tawney, co-owner and dealer has operated his dealership for 25 years and has been a "Chevrolet man" for 46 years. His devotion and loyalty to a company that plans to close his new car dealership is unprecedented. It was our government and our tax dollars that saved General Motors. The government has neither the cause, nor the right to damage local communities and businesses that have supported GM for decades and provided the support it needed to survive. We call for and support the immediate reinstatement of Creason-Tawney GM Center by General Motors.