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Auto-Wares expands distribution network in Indiana

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 07:00
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Auto-Wares Group of Companies is expanding its network of company owned store locations in Indiana by acquiring Lincolnway Auto Supply.

Lincolnway Auto Supply, operating in Valparaiso, has been in business for 37 years and is owned and operated by John Tillema. Lincolnway Auto Supply was formerly a Bumper to Bumper location and will become an Auto Value Parts Store.

Auto-Wares Group of Companies President Todd Leimenstoll said, “John Tillema and his staff have built a great business. We are pleased that Auto-Wares has been entrusted to lead Lincolnway into the future with our strong resources and industry leading innovations. We look forward to meeting the needs of the Valparaiso auto care marketplace and look forward to becoming part of the community. We are excited to continue Auto-Wares history of growth with a 40-year commitment to our independent customers, our continued company owned market growth and quality acquisitions of like-minded family owned businesses.”

John Tillema, President of Lincolway Auto Supply, said, I am happy to announce the merger of Lincolnway Auto Supply with Auto Wares of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Continued good service and high quality auto supplies was what helped me make the decision to merge. For over 36 years Lincolnway Auto Supply has tried to be the best auto supply store for its customers. Auto Wares will continue that tradition with additional, innovative ways to provide more service and good value.”

Auto-Wares Group of Companies is an automotive aftermarket distribution company headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., serving a five-state region providing the complete parts needs for 600 stores and thousands of service centers since 1976. Auto-Wares Group of Companies is a member of Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance. For more information about Auto-Wares Group of Companies visit

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