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History of Fette Ford

Main and Madison Aves. was at the center of it all in 1952 when Henry Fette established his automotive business there. The building is now the home of Clifton Electrical Supply. Prior to that, Fette had an auto supply store on Main. By 1954, Fette moved near the Allwood Circle, where the Auto Zone store is today. Fette Ford & Kia moved to the firm's current location, at the intersection of Routes 46 and 3, in 1977.

John Fette is not one for grand speeches. So in anticipation of what the president of Fette Ford, Kia & Infiniti would say when he accepts the Star Gala Award from the North Jersey Regional Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 6, we asked how his firm got to this place. "Really, it's about my dad and HF," said Fette, a third generation business owner. He pondered for a moment and explained. "Henry and Larry did it. They got me to this point. I'm growing it. Continuing it. I'm honored to be here. But it's not about me. There's Kristin, my wife. Chris Ciresi and Pat Murray. I am standing on the shoulders of many giants. I mean that." HF refers to grandfather and patriarch Henry Fette. A showman extraordinaire, HF was the guy who in 1952 founded Fette Ford and essentially put the Fette nameplate on thousands of vehicles since. During Clifton's post-war growth years, HF beat the band to do what was right for Clifton.
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