Sanborn Chevrolet, a Lodi staple for decades, has had a changing of the guard in its leadership.
Mike Tiehm, a partner for several years at the Plummer Automall east of Highway 99 until it closed up shop in 2009, has joined Richard Sanborn at the Chevy dealership on South Cherokee Lane.
Tiehm replaces Dennis Calton, who served Sanborn for about 20 years. Calton and Sanborn mutually agreed to part ways last week, Sanborn said. Calton was vice president and general manager when he departed the company.
Calton declined to comment Monday afternoon about his departure
Tiehm also declined to discuss his role at Sanborn Chevrolet on Monday, though he said he would be willing to talk to the News-Sentinel after he becomes acclimated to his new position.
"I'm up to my eyeballs in work," Tiehm said Monday.
Sanborn has run a successful Lodi dealership for the past 42 years. However, the business barely survived 2009. It was facing the chopping block after General Motors announced the Lodi dealership was one of 2,000 locations selected to be shut down after the company filed for bankruptcy..
"It wasn't too long ago we thought we were going to lose the store, and they told us we had to close up shop," Sanborn told the News-Sentinel in 2009. "Well, we told (General Motors) they could go to hell, because we're going to stay right here."
Sanborn won its fight to keep the doors open, and in June 2010 accepted delivery of new vehicles, the first to be delivered to the dealership in nearly a year.
In November 2010, the dealership signed a five-year deal with GM.
Lodi currently has three auto dealerships — Geweke Toyota, Lodi Honda, and Sanborn Chevrolet.
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