(Seneca Falls, NY) The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Bill Cram Chevrolet of Seneca Falls has been selected as the Chamber’s October 2013 Business of the Month. The award was presented to owner and founder, Bill Cram with his wife Phyllis, and their daughter Amy Cram, at the Chamber’s Business After-Hours Mixer, held on October 16th at Savannah Bank, N.A. in Waterloo.
In addition to the Business of the Month presentation the After-Hours event featured hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Hotel Clarence; desserts from Our Heritage Café of the Waterloo/Seneca Falls Holiday Inn; wine tastings from Three Brothers Wineries & Estates, beer tastings from War Horse Brewery, also of Three Brothers; chocolate and cheese samples from Rue Claire Lavender Farm and Artisan Chocolates and Muranda Cheese Company; and musical entertainment by Cliff McCann.
After a chronological reflection of the various business ventures for the Cram family, Bill Cram expressed his appreciation for the Business of the Month nomination, stating the positive support that has been evident and offered by not only the Chamber, but also the local communities, and the business’s loyal customer base.
In reference to recently celebrating the one year anniversary of the dealership’s October 2012 major expansion, Amy added to her father’s words, stating her gratitude for the team of dedicated staff that helped to make that possible. “We are blessed to have had many long term employees that make up the Cram Family team, and are so grateful for their loyalty.” she noted.
Ending the presentation was a photo opportunity, where Bill included his signature motto with a chuckle, stating that the evening was “Cramtastic!”
About Business of the Month:
Beginning the Seneca County legacy in the early 1950’s, Bill Cram was stationed at Sampson US Air Force Base and met his wife Phyllis. After a brief time spent overseas in Germany, Bill and Phyllis returned to the area where they then co-founded and later sold Timberline Cash and Carry and Timberline Products to Wickes Lumber.
Looking towards a new business prospect, Bill purchased the Hallman Dealership in Seneca Falls in 1969, the current location of Avicolli’s Restaurant today. Later in 1972, Bill purchased property on the corner of Routes 414 and 5 & 20, where he remodeled and added on to the former Tri City Discount Store. Continuing his focus with the automotive industry, he then moved his dealership to that site, the current dealership location, but then naming it “Cram's Corner”.
During this time, Bill’s daughter Amy joined the family business in 1987.
She continued to learn about the industry working alongside her father, and today is Dealer Principal of Bill Cram Chevrolet.
In January 2012 with the business thriving, Bill Cram Chevrolet expanded again when construction began on a brand new state of the art Chevrolet dealership. The $3 million project included demolition of the dealership’s former space, and construction of a new showroom, sales department, parts department, drive-through service line, business offices, as well as parking and site improvements.
A ribbon cutting and grand opening event took place in October of 2012; where loyal customers, community members, neighboring business owners, and various dignitaries attended in support of the long-standing local business, and to officially celebrate over 40 years of service.
Bill Cram Chevrolet is located at 1913 Routes 5&20 in Seneca Falls. Bill, Phyllis and Amy invite the community to visit their new facility, learn more about the services offered, and meet the staff- including the dealership’s welcoming mascot, a chocolate lab named "Willow.” For more information, please visit www.billcramchevrolet.com or call (315) 670-4498.
Members of the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month Program are chosen on a monthly basis by the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee. Criteria for the award includes that a business must be located in Seneca County, must be a Chamber Member in good standing, must have been in business for at least one year, must have made a positive economic impact in the community, and must be civic-minded. Benefits of the nomination include an official presentation with a personalized plaque award; follow up publicity and promotion with various internal chamber communications, and external media relations and possible coverage through local and regional press outlets.
Amy, Phyllis and Brill Cram accept the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce’s award as the October Business of the Month from Executive Director, Jeff Shipley
Established in 1968, the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce represents over 500 local and regional business and associate members. The Chamber provides initiative and leadership, offering programs and benefits that promote its members, foster economic development, and enhance the quality of life in Seneca County. The Chamber is also the official Tourism Promotion Agency
(TPA) for Seneca County, providing tourism marketing services to generate additional exposure and publicity for area attractions. The Chamber houses two on-site Visitors’ Centers at its main location- including its business office and the famous historic windmill building located along routes 5&20, and also staffs information centers at the PETRO rest stop along the New York State Thruway, and at Waterloo Premium Outlets. Visit www.senecachamber.org or www.fingerlakescentral.com for more information.