Arnold Motor Supply and Barron Motor Supply announced that the companies have merged.
Established in 1930 by William J. Barron Sr., Barron Motor Supply is a multi-generational company with a network of 12 Eastern Iowa locations. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based company is currently under the management of third-generation leader John Barron.
“Our 94-year family history in the automotive aftermarket is a testament to the great employees and customers we’ve had the privilege of working with,” said John Barron, president of Barron Motor Supply. “We could not have picked a more similar company and better people to pass the legacy to, to respect our history, employees and customers. We wish them only the best and know they will serve our customers with the same respect and connection we’ve known through all these years.”
Arnold Motor Supply, founded in 1927 by E.P. Arnold, grew from one location in Spencer, Iowa, to nearly 70 across five states in the Midwest.
“Companies that last a century are rare, so the opportunity for two of them to join forces is a special opportunity,” said Eric Johnson, president of Arnold Motor Supply. “From the first conversation we had with John Barron we were both impressed at the similarities between two Iowa companies founded within three years of each other nearly a century ago who go about doing business the right way, by prioritizing the customer. By combining our strengths and resources we will be able to provide excellent opportunities for team members and expanded services for the Eastern Iowa market.”
Arnold Motor Supply is one of the nation’s premier suppliers of replacement parts, accessories and supplies for virtually all makes of automobiles, light- and heavy-duty trucks, marine, off-road and agricultural equipment. Arnold Motor Supply also distributes high-quality tools, shop equipment, paint and body supplies and collision parts.