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Q-and-A with Bart Schlosser, General Manager, Tom Wood Subaru

The recent grand opening of the new Tom Wood Subaru dealership in Indianapolis celebrated the culmination of a multi-year vision turning into reality. General Manager Bart Schlosser shared his thoughts on attaining a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification, and creating an environmentally and customer-friendly facility.

What are the benefits of being the first LEED-certified dealership in Indiana?

“We feel we have a responsibility to operate in a sustainable, environmentally conscious fashion. Our customers appreciate that we operate this way, and potential customers hopefully will find our actions help differentiate our brand.”

What steps did Tom Wood Subaru take to build an environmentally friendly dealership?

“Jeff Wood has taken environmental friendly steps with other Tom Wood facilities during construction and remodeling efforts. Many of the environmental elements in the new Subaru dealership Jeff has done before, and of course, he added new elements with the new Subaru dealership. Environmental friendly has become more environmental responsibility within the vision steps of the Tom Wood organization.”

How does the dealership plan to continue its involvement with being an environmentally friendly organization?

“The Subaru manufacturing plant in Lafayette, Indiana, has been a zero landfill facility for over 10 years, and Subaru clients clearly identify and recognize the efforts of the plant. It just makes simple sense to emulate the zero landfill efforts of the plant at Tom Wood Subaru. So, Tom Wood Subaru is working with various vendors to build the necessary systems and processes for establishing the first zero landfill automotive car dealership in Indiana. The goal is to establish zero landfill by December 2015.”

What have your customers said about the dealership’s new direction?

“Clients consistently have commented ‘wow’ when they enter into the building for the first time. As they spend more time walking around the new dealership, they quickly identify that along with the environmental focus of the building, an equally important focus has been placed on the basic movement flow throughout the dealership.”

For more information on environmentally friendly steps to reduce and recycle, visit TomWoodSubaru.com/new-construction.htm. Location: 3300 E. 96th St. For more information, call 888-693-7027 or visit TomWood Subaru.com. See ad on inside front cover.
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