Our history predates World War II as Replogle Motor Company. This was one of several dealerships owned by Fred Beasley from Athens, Ohio. His nephew, Jack Beasley, owned Jack Beasley Ford on Margaret Avenue in Altoona.
Replogle Motor Company was located on the corner of Juniata and Allegheny Streets in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. It owed its success to the Ford farm implement business. Our only fifty year employee, Lloyd Forshey, transferred to work there from Jack Beasley Ford, Altoona, in 1945 to organize a Parts Department. Lloyd remembers selling a "towmotor" to the U.S. Army Air Force to pull airplanes as part of the war effort.
Replogle Motors relocated to our present location in 1950 after construction of the Ford Tractor building. (This is now part of our Collision Center; which was expanded in 1984, 1991, and 2012). The automobile building was constructed by the following year. Because of its size and rural setting, those in the automobile business considered the two-building facility a "white elephant".
My grandfather, Will Stuckey, visited the mechanics at Replogle Motor Company frequently in the early 1950's to sell them Knapp work shoes, an activity he did on the side to supplement his railroad job. In 1953 the bookkeeper, Delores Edmundson, took a maternity leave and Will was hired to do the bookkeeping. Will sold his first car while still a bookkeeper, on the first day of deer season in 1955 (no one else was around because, of course, "no one" buys cars on the first day of deer season!).
Mr. Replogle died suddenly in 1956, and the owner, Mr. Beasley, "threw the keys" at my granddad, as he liked to say. He worked night and day. Their home was right behind the dealership on Lincoln Avenue. The dealership phone would ring directly in to their house after business hours! In 1957 my grandfather and grandmother (Barbara) traveled to Athens, Ohio, to ask Mr. Beasley for an opportunity to purchase Replogle Motor Company. That same year they sold their nice brick house, furniture and all, so they could have the needed cash (50%) to buy the Beasley assets. Will Stuckey Ford was incorporated in 1959. Will grew the business through vision and unrelenting hard work. He won many sales and service awards. In 1971 my grandfather bought the adjoining Esso Gas Station and house from Woodrow Smith. He built a new building next door to start Holiday Wheels, a Yamaha Motorcycle business. This was later closed in favor of a dedicated Ford truck sales and service effort soon to follow in 1974.
My father, John Stuckey, was first employed in the car wash bay as a twelve year old in 1965. He vividly remembers cleaning all those red-hot Mustangs for delivery! In 1973 Grandpa brought a talented sales manager from Jack Beasley Ford into the business, Cody Emes. My Dad was then a sophomore at Wheaton College in the Chicago area with no plans to return to the Hollidaysburg area.
In 1976 after my Dad graduated from college and worked in the Chicago area for a year, he returned to sell trucks in the newly opened truck sales and service operation. The business was growing rapidly with Cody's promotional and sales abilities. Here, he fell in love with the business and was able to grow in sales and management experience until 1986 when he had the opportunity to become the general manager of what was then Stuckey-Emes Ford. This same year we were able to purchase five acres adjoining the dealership on the west from our neighbor, Paul S. Vipond. This area now comprises our Ford sales and service facility. Also that year Cody had an opportunity to buy his own dealership in the Pittsburgh area. In September 1987 John purchased Cody's interest in Stuckey-Emes Ford, soon to become John Stuckey Ford.
June 7, 1988, my grandfather went to be with his Lord very suddenly at the age of sixty. I was only 8 at the time, but have many fond memories of going to get the mail and spending time with him on Saturday mornings.
In April of 1988 we opened an expansion of our truck repair facility and in 1991 we enlarged and upgraded our collision repair facility to pursue the changes coming in the direct repair insurance industry. Investment in technical equipment/training and our focus on customer satisfaction have given us a growing and loyal clientele. Ford Motor Company has recognized John Stuckey Ford with their President's Award and North American Customer Excellence Award.
In February of 2003, I (Matthew Stuckey) returned to the area to join the sales team. I graduated from Messiah College and worked for M&T bank in the Harrisburg area for almost two years. In 2005 we became a Ford Business Preferred Network Dealer, which allowed us to better serve our growing business and commercial/fleet customers.
In November of 2006, we had the opportunity to take on the Subaru franchise from Condrin Subaru in Altoona. That same year, we simplified the dealership names to Stuckey Ford and Stuckey Subaru. The new Stuckey Subaru achieved Subaru’s highest level award for customer satisfaction, the Stellar Performer, which it has maintained since then. Following the economic downturn of 2008, Stuckey Ford and Stuckey Subaru have been able to consistently grow in number of customers and employees.
In 2012 we added a second paint booth to our collision repair facility, and expanded our parking lot by another acre. Stuckey Ford and Stuckey Subaru continue to grow and change to exceed our customers’ expectations, and achieve our mission statement: “Driven to Serve”.