Waco-based Allen Samuels Auto Group has expanded its interests to Port Arthur, Texas, with his acquisition of Mingle Motors. The dealership currently sells Chrysler and Dodge products. Upon approval from DaimlerChrysler, the dealership will also be awarded a Jeep franchise for sport utility vehicle sales.

"I am very excited about the opportunities this new dealership brings to our organization," said Allen Samuels. "We have been pleased to provide service to our customers over such a wide area. Our company has been successful in central, south and east Texas, so the Port Arthur location is an excellent fit for us."

Mingle Motors is currently owned by Mrs. Holda Mingle and Gene Benton, and it is located at 4200 Gulfway Drive. Samuels projects that he will receive approval from the State of Texas and DaimlerChrysler within 60 days.

The new dealership will be known as Allen Samuels Chrysler Dodge Jeep, and will remain located at its present site until a new facility is built.

Allen Samuels Auto Group now owns 10 new car dealerships in Texas. In addition to Port Arthur, Allen Samuels' dealerships are located in Waco, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, Tyler, Clear Lake, and Ennis. That total will increase to 12 in 2001 as a result of DaimlerChrysler's approval for two new Dodge dealerships. One will be in Katy, Texas, and the other will be north of Fort Worth near Alliance Airport. Allen Samuels Auto Group is the 33rd largest new car dealership group in America, according to the April 2000 edition of Ward's Dealer Business. For more information call Fletcher Communications 1-800-819-7684.