2023

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Carousel Motor Group, a group of dealerships with a distinctive portfolio of automotive names, announced today that it has acquired Hudson Ford, the number one selling Ford dealership in Wisconsin for the last 5 years.

The acquisition of the Hudson Ford dealership, located at 2020 Crest View Drive, Hudson, WI, near I-94 and Carmichael Road, marks Carousel Motor Group’s first Ford dealership in its portfolio and entry into the Wisconsin market.

“We are not only privileged to represent the Ford Brand, but to continue building on Hudson Ford’s exceptional reputation in the community – – this is a true testament to the highly talented team who have built such a great culture. This acquisition is a natural fit within our portfolio of reputable brands and reinforces our plan for continued strategic growth and value creation. We truly appreciate Mark Swelland, CEO & President of Hudson Ford, his business partner Gary Embretson and Jonathan Nissly, COO and GM, for both their leadership in making this such a fantastic dealership and for entrusting us with its future,” said Chase Hawkins, Carousel Motor Group’s CEO and President.

“Carousel Motor Group mirrors the values of Hudson Ford. They really care about their employees and customers, and we are excited to have them guide this organization to the next level,” said Mark Swelland, CEO & President of Hudson Ford.

Hudson Ford sells both new and pre-owned vehicles in a recently remodeled facility. The dealership also includes an Abra full-service collision center, that is aluminum certified, and an on-site detail center, servicing drivers throughout St. Croix County and eastern Minnesota.

Ford has the highest loyalty ranking among truck brands, according to J.D. Powers, and for the second time in a row, Ford is ranked the top automotive brand in the World Benchmarking Alliances 2022 Corporate Human Rights – – making it one of the most valuable global brands.

The acquisition of Hudson Ford brings the total number of new vehicle franchised Dealerships owned and operated by Carousel Motor Group to nine, along with Carousel Online, a direct-to-consumer pre-owned automotive ecommerce site.

Bob, Bill, and Jim Pohlad will be honored for their commitments to alleviate poverty, bolster racial justice, and rejuvenate downtown Minneapolis.

Twin Cities Business has named Bob Pohlad, Bill Pohlad, and Jim Pohlad as People of the Year for 2022.

The brothers, who lead the Pohlad Cos., have bet big on the future of downtown Minneapolis. The firm moved several of its businesses to the new landmark 37-story RBC Gateway tower, which was built by Pohlad subsidiary United Properties. The family was also instrumental in bringing the Four Seasons hotel to downtown Minneapolis. The five-star hotel—a first for Minneapolis—was developed by United Properties.

Collaborative in their leadership, the brothers divide primary responsibilities within the company started by their father Carl in the 1950s. Bob oversees Carousel Motor GroupPaR Systems, and Northmarq. Jim is executive chairman of the Minnesota Twins and also oversees Pohlad Investment Management and United Properties. Bill, an acclaimed film director and producer, serves as president of the Pohlad Family Foundation.

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