Ed Shults' automotive career began in Jamestown at Par-Ket Motors, which became Berglund Chevrolet in 1960. He held a variety of positions at Par-Ket and Berglund since graduating from General Motors Institute and in 1957 he was promoted to General Manager of Berglund Chevrolet. It was August of 1965 when the Berglund dealership moved from the corner of Fourth and Lafayette Streets in Jamestown to a new 35,000 square foot $500,000 automotive complex on Fluvanna Avenue. The four-acre site provided a frontage of 510 feet on Fluvanna Avenue and allowed for plenty of future expansion.
On August 3 of 1970, it was formally announced that Berglund Chevrolet, one of the largest retail automobile complexes in Southwestern New York, had been purchased by Ed Shults Sr. and Don Gage. In 1971, Ed Shults Sr. assumed total ownership of Shults-Gage Chevrolet and the dealership became Shults Chevrolet. Ed's two sons Tim and Ed Shults Jr. purchased their father's Chevrolet dealership in 1981 and their vision of an Auto Group began to develop throughout the eighties. A Subaru franchise was added in 1984 and located on Fluvanna Avenue across from the Chevrolet dealership. Two years later in 1986, Shults Signature Nissan became a reality and made its home also on Fluvanna Avenue just a short distance from Ed Shults Chevrolet. As the nineties enfolded, the two brothers added Mazda to their import vehicle lineup and acquired an Oldsmobile, Pontiac, dealership on Washington Street in Jamestown. They expanded into Pennsylvania by establishing Edmond Chevrolet and Ed Shults Toyota in Bradford. Tim and Ed also assumed full ownership of Ed Shults Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge, and Jeep in Warren, Pennsylvania.
By mid February of 1996 the "Wheels of Change" were again in motion as the Shults Oldsmobile parts, service and sales operations on Washington Street were consolidated with the newly expanded and beautifully renovated Ed Shults Chevrolet on Fluvanna Avenue in Jamestown. A 3,456 square foot service bay was built to accommodate the many service customers from the former Oldsmobile dealership and an additional 1,690 square feet was added to further enhance customer service. The new addition included a weather protected drive-in service reception area, a spacious, comfortable new customer lounge, a GM Pro Shop, a refreshment center, a child's play area and a customer work station. The showroom, sales and finance and insurance offices were also refurbished to enhance the customer buying experience. As the 2000's unfolded, the Shults Auto Group continued its expansion adding two Resale Centers, one in Olean, NY and one in Dunkirk, NY. To better serve an expanding customer base four Shults Express Lube locations we also added in Olean, Lakewood & Dunkirk in New York and Bradford & Warren in Pennsylvania. Additionally, Shults acquired the former McFadden Ford Hyundai operations and Lake County Kia now known as Ed SHults Ford Lincoln, Shults Hyundai and Kia of Jamestown, all located in Jamestown, NY.