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Automotive Parts Associates celebrates suppliers at annual conference

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 07:00
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Automotive Parts Associates recognized aftermarket vendors at its 36th annual conference March 16 who provided exceptional goods, services and support to APA’s shareholders during the past year.

The Headquarters Manufacturer of Choice Award for 2017 was given to SKF. This award recognizes SKF for having the fastest turnaround time from application of part to product availability, ease of doing business and responsiveness to member and APA headquarters needs.

Federal-Mogul was recipient of the Marketing Partner Award. Federal-Mogul continually supports and sponsors the APA initiatives and promotions.

The APA Shareholders awarded The Professionals’ Choice Vendor of the Year to Recochem for their product categories and superior cataloging. In the adjacent photo, APA board of directors from left to right are Jim Holmquist, Jeff Levine, Rob Jacobs and Ben Yelowitz; Rocochem’s David Siskind and Eric Penne; and APA board of directors Joseph Koudsi, Mike Maloof and Randall Swedlove.

FCS won Approved Vendor of the Year and DEA won Preferred Vendor of the Year. These Vendor of the Year awards are voted on by APA’s shareholders and take fill, service and product quality into consideration.

The Cornerstone Award went to KYB. This award acknowledges KYB for being instrumental in the growth and success of APA.

The Outstanding IT Initiatives Partner was presented to Centric; a leader in supporting APA and its shareholders with all IT related initiatives.

“APA truly appreciates what our award winners bring to both APA as a whole and to members on an individual level. They each have an authenticity that makes them worthy of this recognition. We look forward to the continued growth with our vendor partners” said Gary Martin, President & CEO of APA.

Automotive Parts Associates, Inc. is a member-owned cooperative made up of more than 80 member shareholders throughout North America. For more information about APA membership, contact Business Development Director Rick Caiello at 913-310-9250 or

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