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When George Cassens opened what is now known as the Cassens car dealership, Cassens had already been selling cars for 13 years. George Cassens had been interested in cars for a long time and in 1920, he accepted a dealership for Hudson’s Essex line of automobiles. In 1929 he sold 165 vehicles. Because of the Depression, in 1931 he sold 3.

In the winter of 1932, Dodge-Plymouth was looking for a new Dodge dealer for Edwardsville. They contacted George and he and his sons decided to open the George Cassens & Sons Dodge-Plymouth Car Agency on June 22, 1933.

Back then, dealerships were responsible for getting their own vehicles from the manufacturer to their stores. The Cassens boys used a tow-bar for a while then decided to buy a truck.

As Dodge-Plymouth opened new dealerships, they told the dealers to contact the Cassens boys, they can help you get your vehicles. As a result, Cassens Transport Company was incorporated on December 28, 1936.

Both the dealership and transport company have grown over the years. The dealership recently added the Jeep line of vehicles. Over the years, a finance company and an insurance agency were also added in the area.

There have been many ups and downs in the auto industry in the last 70+ years, but Cassens is still glad to be in operation.

Cassens & Sons has a long legacy of supporting the Chamber, beginning in 1933 when G. D. Cassens served as Board of Directors President. Subsequent Cassens and employees serving as President include Albert Cassens in 1944, Arnold Cassens in 1966, and Clarence Brown in 1968. Ray Abert and Scott Wetzel of Cassens have also served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Cassens has also supported the chamber year after year by sponsoring the Annual Golf Challenge Hole-in-One contest.

In 1993, the Chamber introduced the Albert Cassens Award for Outstanding Community Achievement, presented to an individual who has made a significant impact on the community in honor of Albert Cassens.

Scott Wetzel, Sales Manager at Cassens says he wants customers to come away from any experience with the company feeling that they are good neighbors in the community – benevolent, responsible, trustworthy and respected, and that Cassens has an incomparable reputation in terms of employee and customer satisfaction.

To learn more about Cassens & Sons, visit their Web site at, give them a call at 618.656.6070, or stop by and see them in person on Highway 159, two miles north of I-270.