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Lithia Motors purchases Honda dealership on Hawaii

Lithia Motors' farthest outpost is no longer in Texas.

The nation's ninth-largest auto retailer has acquired Island Honda of Kahului, Hawaii, more than 2,400 miles to the southwest of its Medford headquarters.

Lithia now operates 95 stores, including 11 Honda franchises, in 12 Western states.

"We seek exclusive franchises in the markets we serve and believe operating the only Honda store on Maui, with a population of 144,000, will complement this strategy," Lithia CEO Bryan DeBoer said in a statement.

Family-owned Kitagawa Motors, the longtime Honda dealer in Maui, sold its Island Subaru dealership next door to Honolulu-based Servco Pacific's Servco Automotive division.

Lithia plans to retain all of the Island Honda employees.

Futurity First Insurance Group relocates to Whittle Avenue

The Medford branch of Futurity First Insurance Group has relocated to 2581 Whittle Ave. The agency, managed by Dale Mlasko, was previously located on Crater Lake Avenue for the past three years.

The phone number remains 541-973-2100 and the email address is medford@ffig.com.

White City chemical plant gets Responsible Care certification

WHITE CITY — The American Chemistry Council has certified Linde Electronics and Specialty Gases under the Responsible Care management program for the first time.

Plant manager Art Persteiner oversees a staff of 40 at the Antelope Road operation, which opened in 1998. It produces high-purity gases and chemicals for major semiconductor manufacturers in the United States, southeast Asia and Europe.

Linde Group has more than 63,000 employees working in more than 100 countries. It generated $19.9 billion in revenue in 2012.

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