TOMAH — A state lawmaker is shutting down a business that has been in her family for four decades.
Nancy VanderMeer announced Friday she is closing VanderMeer Motor Co. effective Oct. 19. She plans to sell the building and liquidate the inventory.
“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to bring quality vehicles and dependable service to the area,” VanderMeer said. “I want to thank our wonderful customers and experienced staff for making all these years so enjoyable.”
VanderMeer, who was elected to the state Assembly as a Republican in 2014, has run the business since 1999.
George VanderMeer launched the company as a General Motors dealership when he opened VanderMeer Chevrolet-Buick-Olds in 1976. He died in 1999, and Nancy VanderMeer and her mother, Millie VanderMeer, continued the family business.
In 2010, General Motors stripped VanderMeer of the dealership as the company downsized during the recession. She stayed in the automotive business by forming VanderMeer Motor Co. at the same site. The business operated a maintenance and repair shop and sold used vehicles. It employs 10 people.
“While our name and business changed over the years, we maintained a tradition of excellent, personalized service with everyday low prices,” said VanderMeer. “Our success is due to the great people in our community who relied upon our business and trusted us with their vehicle purchases and repairs.”
VanderMeer said she is looking forward to spending more time with her mother and representing her constituents in the Assembly. She is vice-chair of the Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs.
VanderMeer first ran for the Assembly in 2012, losing a narrow race to incumbent Democrat Amy Sue Vruwink. She unseated in Vruwink in 2014 and easily won re-election over Democrat Mark Holbrook in 2016.