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APA Announces 2021 Suppliers Of The Year

Automotive Parts Associates (APA) is excited to honor the 2021 APA Suppliers of the Year for their dedicated service to APA shareholders and the organization amid the challenges of 2020. 

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The APA Suppliers of the Year award recipients were announced during the virtual 2021 APA Annual Shareholders & Suppliers Conference on March 23 as a video skit of a mock press conference. The production featured the APA Chairman Douglas Squires as the “head coach” with the other content supplied by the winners accepting their awards. 

“We wanted to do something special and memorable for everyone in attendance,” Creative & Marketing Manager Sara Griewing said. “We’ve been told we throw a good party, so we wanted to keep that up for the virtual conference as well. The awards presentation is all about having a good time as a group of friends and colleagues, regardless if we are laughing together in-person or gathered around our computers. Our awards presentations aren’t dry or formal, so we seized the opportunity to create a video to bring us together despite being scattered across North America.”

APA recognizes the following organizations for their outstanding service and support of our shareholders and initiatives in 2020:

  • New Supplier of the Year – Odyssey Battery
  • Cornerstone Award – BBB Industries
  • Distinguished Original Equipment Partner – Bosch
  • Outstanding Marketing Partner – KYB
  • HQ Supplier of the Year – First Brands Group
  • Shareholder’s Choice Supplier of the Year – FCS Automotive
  • APA Supplier of the Year – Denso

APA also recognizes its shareholder, Factory Motor Parts in Eagan, Minnesota, as the recipient of the APA Line-Backer Award for increasing APA line purchases the most in 2020 and Metric Auto Parts in St. Paul, Minnesota, for celebrating 35 years of business in the automotive aftermarket.


“It is always great to recognize the vendor partners who go above and beyond to support the membership of this group,” APA President Steve Tucker said. “Choosing the winners from our vendor community is not always easy as we value all of our suppliers, but this group has really stepped up in what was a challenging year for all of us. As a former supplier myself I know how much these awards mean to the individuals and the companies they work for, and APA is proud to be able to recognize their commitments and support for our shareholders.”

The video of the awards can be viewed at the following link

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