Ford-Tel Marathon celebrates 40th anniversary

Photo by Robert Ankrapp

Ford-Tel Marathon Center owner Mike Roy (fifth from left) and Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko (sixth from left) cut the ceremonial ribbon at the center’s 40th anniversary celebration. Joining them are Wendy Fichter (left), Dearborn Heights Chamber of Commerce; Bruce Mabee, Marathon Petroleum Co.; Mike Roy Jr., Ford-Tel Marathon; Jeff Whitmarsh, Servpro of Dearborn Heights North/East Garden City; Laura Rotizen, Canterbury Woods Apartments; Dr. Jennifer Kelly, Kelly Chiropracti;, and Chastity Townsend, Hometown Business Connections.

DEARBORN — Ford-Tel Marathon Center, 23645 Ford Road, celebrated its 40th anniversary with a ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 28.

The center “is still going strong, thanks to support of many great customers,” owner Mike Roy said.

“We’ve been very fortunate ” Roy said. “We’ve seen a lot of changes over the years, but we’ve always worked hard to provide the highest level of customer service possible to everyone who comes through the door. The thing that really makes our business though, is the loyalty of our customers. That loyalty is much appreciated.”
The center is a family affair, Roy said, with son Mike Roy Jr. sharing in the management by heading up the repair-related end of the operation. The younger Roy’s wife, Sherri, also handles the office duties required to run the full-service business.

In addition to providing gasoline and diesel fuel, the center offers convenience products and foods, as well as providing full service automotive and small truck towing and repair for both domestic and foreign vehicles.

Roy’s presence is a common sight among Dearborn Heights civic and service organizations as well. He is a 35-year member of the Dearborn Heights Rotary, and consistently plays an active role in helping manage the organization’s community service projects. He has been a member of the Dearborn Heights Chamber of Commerce for more than 40 years, and supports many of its activities.