BETHESDA, Md. The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) has announced the recipients of its 2012 Head of the Class Award, honoring six aftermarket companies. The award is administered by the AAIA Education Committee on behalf of the association, and was created to highlight and recognize companies that continually invest in employee education and training and to promote the value and benefit that this investment provides to the employees and their companies, as well as the entire aftermarket industry.
The 2012 winners, designated by aftermarket category, are:
● Manufacturer (Large): The Timken Co., Canton, Ohio
● Manufacturer (Mid-Size): Gold
Eagle Co., Chicago, Ill.
● Warehouse Distributor: Automotive Parts Headquarters, St. Cloud, Minn.
● Jobber (Education/Training of Employees of Company Owned Stores): Crow-Burlingame Co.,
Little Rock, Ark.
● Retail: VIP-Parts, Tires & Service, Lewiston, Maine
● Repair Shop: Gustafson’s Auto Clinic, Inc./Tirecraft, Athabasca,
“It is inspiring to discover how forward-thinking aftermarket companies are empowering their people through the adoption of education programs and by encouraging participation in continuous learning opportunities,” said AAIA Education Committee Chairman Mike Mohler of National Pronto Association. “Join us in applauding the efforts of this year’s Head of the Class winners.”