In Recognition of Mr. Rick Case Following the Recent Grand Opening of Rick Case Volkswagenby Representative Alcee L. Hastings
Posted on 2014-01-07
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Mr. HASTINGS of Florida. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in order to
recognize Mr. Rick Case following the recent grand opening of his
Volkswagen dealership in Davie, Florida, as well as for the many
contributions that his family of auto dealerships has made to the local
community and state's economy as a whole. The new Volkswagen dealership
is Mr. Case's fifth addition to the area known as ``Davie/Weston auto
row,'' and creates 200 new jobs, including sales staff, service
technicians, and receptionists.
At eight stories high and 328,000 square feet, Rick Case Volkswagen claims the title of world's largest auto dealership for the German car company. Around 800 new and used Volkswagen vehicles are on display in each of the dealerships showroom floors. Furthermore, the new facility also features a service center, a cafe and lounge area for customers, and a floor for offices and staff training. Rick Case Automotive Group has 15 auto dealerships in Ohio, Georgia, and Florida, featuring a wide range of makes and models, and is expected to continue its growth.
Competitive customer benefits and employee training have come to be the hallmark of the Rick Case model. In 2013, Rick Case Automotive Group was named by Automotive News as its National All-Star Dealer for the Privately Held Dealer category, an honor received by only one dealer out of over 17,000 dealers nationwide. In addition, Mr. Case's commitment to his customers is matched by his dedication to the community. As a local partner, he has helped to raise millions of dollars for charities like the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
The auto dealer industry contributes greatly to our nation's economy and that of our state and local communities. In particular, auto dealer sales represent about $47 billion annually. Florida ranks as the third- largest state in the country in terms of number of vehicles, the sale of which account for 16 percent of retail sales tax. Furthermore, there are approximately 850 new car dealers in Florida, providing tens of thousands of direct jobs and supporting millions more in related sectors. Auto dealers help many hardworking individuals afford the vehicles they need to access job opportunities and support their families.
Mr. Speaker, as our nation continues to recover from the greatest recession in recent memory, we should recognize American businesses that are driving job creation and economic growth. Once again, I would like to congratulate Mr. Rick Case and his wife Rita on the recent grand opening of their Volkswagen dealership, and wish them much continued success in the years to come.
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