About 90 people at Buffalo Niagara auto dealerships have been working in the car sales business for 40 or more years.
With the Buffalo Auto Show opening later this week, the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association will salute those industry veterans.
The association, which organizes the auto show, will hold an invitation-only reception Tuesday night for men and women with 40-plus years of service at dealerships. About 65 of them are expected to attend.
The employees are currently working in areas including sales, service, parts and office positions, said Paul Stasiak, the NFADA's president. Some of the employees have 60 or more years of service, he said.
Stasiak said the veteran workers provide valuable support and knowledge to younger people in the industry, including through the NFADA's Auto Tech program.
"They were driven to the business years ago and are still driven today," he said.
The Buffalo Auto Show opens Thursday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center and runs through Sunday.