Jim Butler Automotive Group grew revenue 34.8 percent in 2015 to $244.36 million thanks to a 30 percent uptick at its flagship Chevy dealership in Fenton.
Jim Butler sold around 3,000 Chevy’s last year, said Brad Sowers, Jim Butler president and co-owner. Those figures put it among the nation’s top 21 Chevy dealerships, Jim Butler officials said.
“That’s the mothership,” Sowers said. “Chevy was a huge driver for us last year.”
State data show that Jim Butler’s six Missouri dealerships sold 7,873 vehicles in 2015, up from 6,477 vehicles in 2014.
The Fenton dealership sold 4,371 vehicles in 2015, up from 3,403 vehicles in 2014, a 28 percent increase.
Other large St. Louis-area dealers grew revenue last year, though not as fast as Jim Butler. Bommarito Automotive Group, the region’s largest dealer, grew revenue about 8 percent to $1.35 billion, while Jim Trenary grew revenue almost 3 percent to $160.34 million.
The Fenton dealership was recently named a Chevrolet Dealer of the Year. Just 56 of more than 3,800 GM dealers were given the recognition.
The company also sells Maseratis, Kias and Fiats at dealerships across the area. Jim Butler Fiat in South County opened in late 2015. Jim Butler Maserati opened in April 2015, and Jim Butler bought the Carrol-Rehma Motors in Linn in October 2015.
Sowers said Butler plans to open an Alfa Romeo dealership later this year, with sales across the system growing another 30 percent.
“The car business, I believe, is going to have its best year ever,” he said. “Already in January, we’re up 26 percent year-over-year.”
The group is owned by Chairman Jim Butler; his brother Tom Butler; and Sowers, who is Jim Butler’s son-in-law.