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AUTOMOTIVE PARTS ASSOCIATES AWARDS CENTRIC PARTS 2008 BRANDED VENDOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
LOS ANGELES (March 2009) – Centric Parts, a leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake components and systems for everyday cars, performance duty vehicles and ultra performance vehicles, has been named 2008 Branded Vendor of the Year by Automotive Parts Associates (APA), a leading member-owned cooperative representing over a billion dollars of purchasing power annually.
“Centric Parts views our long relationship with APA as a partnership,” said Jamie Fiffles, Centic Parts’ Vice President of Sales, Special Markets, during an award ceremony in Phoenix as part of APA’s annual gathering. “Centric Parts gets strong support from APA’s membership and in return we utilize our Right Part, Right Place, Right Time philosophy and wide geographic support to give them a competitive advantage they can use.
This is the second time Centric Parts has earned the honor, having also claimed the title in 2006. APA gives out this award annually to the company with the highest-quality sales force, efficient order fill process, great cataloging and quality products. In particular, Centric Parts was recognized for high order fills, quick turnaround times, being first to market with late model applications, providing and supporting innovative new products, low rate of warranty claims, and exceptional sales and technical support.
APA was originally formed in Kansas City in 1973 as an advertising program for 35 independent jobbers purchasing from a local warehouse distributor. APA became a member owner cooperative in 1994. Today, Automotive Parts Associates has grown from under 10 warehouses to approaching 200 warehouse locations with more than 350 company owned stores. APA member distribution centers offer a wide assortment of national brand product lines as well as a substantial line of "Professionals' Choice" brand products.
Centric Parts (www.centricparts.com)continually innovates improvements to brake technology for the street and track, delivering products that provide superior performance, quality and value. Centric Parts offerings include Posi Quiet premium Metallic, Ceramic and Extended Wear formulas, an OE product line, plus Axxis and C-TEK standard grade materials. StopTech (www.stoptech.com), Centric’s ultra performance division, is a leading innovator of world class brake components and systems for production-based racing cars and high performance vehicles on the street and track. Power Slot (www.powerslot.com), Centric’s performance division, focuses on entry level brake upgrade solutions and pioneered direct fit performance rotors for trucks, SUVs and severe duty vehicles.