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Towson-based MileOne Autogroup expands with Harrisburg auto dealers

Towson-based MileOne Autogroup is expanding its presence in Pennsylvania with the acquisition of two Harrisburg dealerships.

MileOne, which describes itself as the largest automotive retail group in the Mid-Altantic, said Wednesday it has purchased Freedom Toyota Harrisburg and Freedom Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Harrisburg. Both have been rebranded under the Heritage dealership name.

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“With Harrisburg’s close proximity to our Baltimore dealerships, the acquisition of these properties presents an incredible opportunity to expand in a strategic manner,” Scott Fader, COO of MileOne, said in an announcement.

MileOne’s CEO, Steven Fader, had become involved last year in Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group’s failed bid to acquire Tribune Media for $3.9 billion. The Federal Communications Commission had questioned a Sinclair proposal to transfer Tribune’s WGN-TV in Chicago to Steven Fader, who also is CEO of Atlantic Automotive Corp., a holding company for MileOne.

Sinclair’s executive chairman, David D. Smith, is a board member of Atlantic Automotive.

MileOne says it represents 28 auto brands with 81 franchises at 41 dealership locations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. It has had a presence in Pennsylvania through its MotorWorld division in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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