In just three years, AutoNation Inc., formerly Republic Industries, has transformed from garbage company to automotive retail giant
December 1995: H. Wayne Huizenga announces plans for AutoNation USA used-car superstore chain
April 1996: Huizenga merges AutoNation USA into Republic Industries Inc., a publicly traded waste services company
November 1996: Republic agrees to buy Alamo Rent-A-Car Inc.
December 1996: Republic agrees to buy the five-store Mullinax group, its first new-car dealership acquisition
January 1997: Republic agrees to buy National Car Rental Systems Inc.
September 1997: Republic sells its electronic-security business
July 1998: Republic spins off waste services business
December 1998: Republic hires marketing guru John Costello as president
April 1999: Republic changes name to AutoNation Inc.