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      Mike Kehoe Ford sold to Joe Machens dealerships

      One of Jefferson City's better-known businesses is handing over the keys to one in Columbia.

      Late Tuesday afternoon, Mike Kehoe announced he's selling his ford dealership to Columbia TMs Joe Machens.

      KRCG viewers seemed pretty shocked to hear about Mike Kehoe's big announcement.

      "Mike Kehoe has been a stable person in this community for years. And for him to go, it's kind of shocking. But I can kind of understand where he's coming from. If it boosts our economy, it's going to be good thing, Callaway County Resident Matt McMellen said. But if it doesn't I think he messed up."

      "I TMm kind of sad because he has been around along time and a lot of people know him. He has done a lot of good things in Jefferson City. I have nothing but good things to say about the guy. I've bought cars from him and I know many people who have too, Jefferson City Resident Tye Lewis said. I don't know much about Joe Machens. All I know is that he can sell a lot of cars."

      Mike kehoe told me his political role in Jefferson City has nothing to do with why he is selling his dealerships.

      He said his reasons for selling are personal.

      "My long time farm manager is retiring so I will be a little bit more active in the farm and trying to run that business on a day to day basis. But my wife and I will still be in this community. This community has been great to our family and great to this dealership, Ford Dealer Mike Kehoe said. We're absolutely going to do one thing and that's being more involved in the community as much as we can to try to make this an even better place than it already is to live and grow a family in."

      Kehoe told me that the Machens transition will allow for local job growth, economic development, and business expansion.

      Joe Machens' general manager agrees with Kehoe and said he is very excited Machens is bringing their business to Jefferson City.

      "We're excited to get in the Jefferson City market and get our foot in the door. We do plan on selling more new and used cars. Still are philosophy is to take care of our customers and give them the highest allowance for their trade in, Joe Machens Ford's General Manager Rusty Drewing said. This store will be very aggressive. It will compete still with the Columbia location."

      Mike Kehoe told me that all his employees will keep their jobs after the transition.

      Joe Machens will take over starting Monday October 31st.

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      An automotive giant in Mid-Missouri announced Tuesday he's selling his dealership.Mike Kehoe made the announcement Tuesday afternoon that he is selling his Ford dealership to Joe Machens Ford-Lincoln in Columbia. The new dealership will operate Joe Machens Capital City Ford-Lincoln.It's been an honor to be part of this business. For nearly two decades, we have worked hard to make a positive impact on the community, and that is a commitment that I continue to take very seriously, said Kehoe.Kehoe will remain a consultant for the new organization, but will increase a focus on community service and agri-business.Gary and Rusty Drewing, of Columbia, head up the Machens dealerships.We are excited about the opportunities this acquisition provides our dealership group, said Gary Drewing. The team Mike has put together lead by Mike Wehrle and Tom Stegeman has been very successful. We look forward to their continued leadership, as well as every person in the Jefferson City operation continuing to focus on Customer Satisfaction, the top priority of both Machens & Kehoe. We are also happy to provide the availability of additional inventory to give all of our customers the best selection in the Midwest .Kehoe said the transition will allow for local job growth and economic development along with business expansion.The sale takes effect Monday, Oct. 31.