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Automotive Parts Associates (APA) Names Centric Parts its Branded Supplier of the Year For a Record Fourth Straight Time
Phoenix, Arizona (March 2012) - Centric Parts, a leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake and clutch components and systems, has once again been named Branded Supplier of the Year by Automotive Parts Associates (APA), a leading member-owned cooperative representing over one billion dollars of purchasing power annually. This is the fourth APA Branded Supplier of the Year award in a row for Centric Parts, which extends its record-breaking streak.
"We've always felt that our partnership with APA is a strong one, and the repeated recognition that Centric Parts has received from them just reinforces that," said Dan Lelchuk, President of Centric Parts, about the award announced in Phoenix as part of APA's annual gathering. "Our mutual success over the past several years is a testament to both of our organizations' hard work and dedication. We are truly humbled by this, our fourth Branded Supplier of the Year award in a row from APA."
"It's truly an honor to be recognized again by APA," said Centric Parts Vice President of Sales, Mike Musso (at right), in accepting the award. "This relationship between Centric and APA has been a special one for Centric, and it makes us proud to see that our efforts are helping APA succeed as well. Centric has always striven to be the best - and it's awards like this that make us know we are succeeding in meeting our own high standards as well as those of our customers. A big thank you to APA for this honor."
APA gives out this award annually to the company with the highest-quality sales force, efficient order fill process, great cataloging and quality products. As a supplier, Centric Parts has particularly been singled out for its 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 offering exceptional sales and technical support throughout the year. This marks the fifth award in total from APA for the 11 year old Centric Parts, which was also named Vendor of the Year in 2007.
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 100 independent warehouse distributors. APA's members have over 178 locations throughout the United States and Canada offering a wide assortment of national brand product lines as well as a substantial line of "Professionals' Choice" brand products.
For more information on Centric Parts or their full line of brake and clutch components and systems, visit www.centricparts.com or call 800-758-3004.
About Centric Parts
Centric Parts, which includes the Posi Quiet, StopTech and Power Slot brands, is a leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake components and systems for everyday cars, work duty vehicles and performance vehicles. Centric continually innovates significant improvements to brake technology for the street and track, having earned five patents along the way. Founded in 2000, this Southern California company operates multiple warehouse and manufacturing facilities totaling over half-a-million square feet and employees more than 500 workers.