This is a guest post from Jack Neshe, General Manager at ADESA Boston.

At ADESA, we frequently recognize auction anniversaries. But this one is particularly special. This year, ADESA Boston has been in business for 70 years—seven decades. I have been fortunate to be the general manager for ten of them.

Most people know ADESA Boston today for its top-notch facility, charitable efforts, community outreach and events like the Classic Car & Motorcycle Run. But its roots go much deeper than that—all the way back to the World War II era. 

History

ADESA Boston opened for business in 1947 in Concord, Massachusetts. Soon after, the auction moved to Acton in a five-lane, 40-acre facility that now houses ADESA Concord.

In 1992, the auction was purchased by ADESA, making it our seventh auction location. Three years later, the auction relocated to Framingham after the purchase of a former GM assembly plant—a 3-million-square-foot facility on 200 acres. 

Community

Although ADESA Boston has grown and expanded throughout its 70 years, it has worked hard to keep the feel of a local business. The auction is ingrained in the Boston community and has built strong relationships with staff, customers and key members of the industry.

Charitable giving is an important part of our core values at ADESA Boston, and the auction is deeply committed to doing its part to help our neighbors and strengthen our community.

Since 2001, we have hosted an annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Run, which has raised more than $600,000 for a variety of local children’s charities. The team also works closely with community law enforcement and first responders—allowing them to routinely use our facility for training programs and meetings.

People

The people who make up ADESA Boston are some of the best and brightest people in the remarketing industry. I have a fantastic team that is truly passionate about this auction. They have an incredible work ethic, and I learn from them every day.

We are lucky to have a wealth of knowledge and experience on our staff. In fact, we have over 30 people who have been with the auction for 20 years or more. That includes me—I started my career in the mechanic shop at ADESA Boston in 1990.

A World-Class Auction Experience

Today, ADESA Boston is considered the largest indoor auto auction in the world—complete with 16 lanes, full-service reconditioning facilities, a detail shop, mechanic shop and body shop.

Something else that is unique to our auction is our use of alternative energy. We recently installed nearly six acres of solar canopies, making it one of the largest solar arrays in the Northeast. These panels produce almost six megawatt-hours of energy each year, which helps both in terms of cost savings and environmental protection.

Looking Toward the Future

While the remarketing industry has drastically changed in the last 70 years, it will surely change even more in the next 70. We will always be heavily focused on technology and innovation, but maintaining long-term relationships and the personal feel of a local business is just as important to us.

We will also always look for ways to invest in our people. And, of course, ADESA Boston will always be committed to supporting the local community and continuing our charitable giving efforts.

Through 70 years, ADESA Boston has built a reputation as one of the best auctions in the Northeast, if not the country. Here’s to 70 more fantastic years.