John and Cole Buelow at Flagship Ford in Baldwin Wisconsin. Photo by Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News
John and Cole Buelow at Flagship Ford in Baldwin Wisconsin. Photo by Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News

BALDWIN, WI – Andy Lamb closed the deal on Thursday, August 24 to sell his Baldwin, Wisconsin River Valley Ford dealership to John Buelow who has renamed it Flagship Ford.

Lamb who has owned the dealership for the last 12 years since purchasing it from the Anderson Family who had it as Anderson Ford in Baldwin for a number of years.

Lamb, a Spring Valley native who now resides in Menomonie, Wisconsin and farms locally said about the sale, “The timing was right and I felt that it was time for me to move on to the next chapter in my career. I feel good about this decision and know the dealership is in good hands.”

Lamb also owns a Ford dealership in Phillips, Wisconsin and a used car dealership in Menomonie, Wisconsin that he will continue to operate those.

Flagship Ford’s new owner/General Manager is John Buelow who was born and raised in Bloomington, Minnesota and is a Jefferson High School graduate and attended Northwestern College in Business Administration with an equivalency of a two-year AA degree.

John has been happily married to his wife Nicole for 22 years and they have four children: JT (21), Mackenzie (19), Cole (16, a high school student who is working at Flagship Ford doing auto detailing) and Maddie (12); they live across the river and are actively looking for local property.

Buelow has a long history in the car business having worked for a Minnesota dealer group for many years. John has also been a partner in a CPA/business consulting firm for car dealerships in all 50 states; of those 50, 42 were Ford dealerships where he helped them with business plans, organizational development and training, etc.

John Buelow and Andy Lamb are business associates of sorts and have worked together in the past. Buelow has an entrepreneurial spirit and when Andy Lamb mentioned that he was ready to make a transition John was interested in the purchase of River Valley Ford, which he did and has renamed it Flagship Ford.

John wants everyone to know that he has retained all of the great staff from River Valley to continue on at Flagship Ford. Additionally, he is excited to let people know that there will be facility improvements at Flagship Ford in its future as he is here for the long term in the Baldwin-Woodville community.

“We will be starting some facility improvements within a year and we will be bulking up our inventory and brands in the very near future,” Buelow stated.

As such John also wants everyone to know that Flagship Ford will continue to serve this community as a community-based dealership that values taking care of family and friends.

Buelow’s hobbies include hunting: water fowl, pheasants and deer. John is also big into baseball; he is playing on a 35 and older senior’s league as well as a town ball team with his 21 year-old son JT, he plays 1st and 3rd base positions. John also enjoys basketball and golf. He has coached championship teams for baseball and basketball.

You will find John in Baldwin six days a week at Flagship Ford where he is totally committed to the dealership and Ford.

He had this to say about the Ford Motor Company his dealership represents in the area and their products, “I love Ford!  They are positioned well in the market with a broad offering of cars, SUVs and trucks.  And I love that they didn’t take any bailout money during the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies!”

Buelow replied this when asked what the best Ford selling products are at Flagship Ford, “For us, F-150, Explorer, Escape and Fusion.”

He also mentioned that Flagship Ford has Ford certified technicians in the Service department, a full offering of Motorcraft parts as well as financing options on New and Used vehicles.

John confirmed that Flagship Ford would continue to offer a broad selection of quality used cars of different brands, miles and prices.

In discussing the used car market John mentioned this about the impact that Hurricane Harvey may have on the market, “Over 500,000 vehicles have been totaled in Texas and they will need to be replaced.  That will cause a huge influx of used vehicles from across the country including the upper Midwest that will be needed in the Texas market.  That will likely cause some short-term pricing fluctuations due to the decrease in supply,” he warned.

When deciding where to shop for a vehicle, consider the new Ford dealership in Baldwin, Wisconsin that is community based and focused. The phone number at Flagship Ford is 888-684-4520.

John Buelow invites you to, “Buy locally from your neighbors and friends at Flagship Ford!”