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A Chrysler dealership in Springville has changed ownership.

Carl Emerling and his son, Evan, have acquired Bob Johnson Motors, which sells Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles, at 195 W. Main St. Emerling also owns Emerling Ford in Springville.

“It’s really going to complement our Ford line that we have up here,” he said.

The Chrysler dealership has 13 employees and sells about 180 new cars per year. Emerling said he plans to increase the dealership’s employment and bolster its new-car sales to about 300 new units per year.

Emerling said his long-range plan for the Chrysler dealership is to build a new location for it on Cascade Drive, once its sales volume has been built up.

Johnson family members continue to own Johnson Boys Chevrolet-Buick at 338 South Cascade Drive in Springville. The family had owned the Chrysler dealership since 1951, said Michael Johnson, one of the owners.

Johnson said he has known Emerling his “whole life,” and was a good choice to sell the dealership to.

-- Matt Glynn