The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association this morning said its member dealers had $1.94 billion in sales in 2012 – an average of $38.7 million per dealership.
The association disclosed the sales figures this morning as it kicked off a job fair at Steel Stacks in Bethlehem.
Because of the sales, the dealers provided 2,800 jobs in the franchised new dealership industry, an average of 56 per dealership. Those jobs include sales, service and other support areas. In addition, the association said 1,390 other people were employed in fields with an indirect impact of the new car industry.
“We’ve worked tirelessly to create job growth in the Lehigh Valley, which has a direct impact on our local economy,” Tom Kwiatek, executive director of GLVADA, said this morning at the job fair. “We work directly with NCC [Northampton Community College] to build jobs in our association by working with students and assisting them in attaining jobs upon graduation.”
The average payroll of a Lehigh Valley franchised new car dealer was $2.98 million for the year.
The industry has contributed to the local economy in many ways, Kwiatek said.
According to the report, the dealership group contributed more than $1.25 million to charitable causes, paid a total of $76.4 million in state and local taxes and $35.9 million in federal payroll taxes.
The average dealership also spent about $540,000 in advertising.