CREEK, Wash. The Washington State Automotive Wholesalers Association
is celebrating a 50-year milestone. The state association was
incorporated April 4, 1960, by a few dedicated automotive wholesalers
who gave many hours of time and effort, not to mention paying their own
expenses, to form this new organization. The name was changed to
Washington Automotive Wholesalers Association June 13, 1972.
association’s first membership meeting in October 1960, then WSAWA
President Tom Solberg said, “Only through our association can our
voices of protests or approval be heard through the din of legislation.
Only through our association can organized action either for or
against pending legislation be made. The day of the rugged
individualist is long past. We are living in an era of the
‘organization men’ and the ‘union men’ of pressure groups and minority
groups, of big business and big labor.”
“There is no closed shop
for the owners of parts houses...no union with a check-off list to
require you to ante up to a political action committee. All your
association can do is to ask you to volunteer your help in solving some
of the problems of our industry. It’s your move,” he said.
For more information, visit www.washingtonautomotive.org