ST. CLOUD, Minn. Automotive Parts Headquarters Inc. (APH), a Minnesota-based aftermarket auto parts distributor and store group, recognized outstanding supplier achievements from 2012 with all of its store owners, managers and salespeople present at the group’s annual Winter Conference on Sunday, Jan. 20 at Cragun’s Resort and Hotel in Brainerd, Minn. From left to right, are: John Bartlett, CEO of Automotive Parts Headquarters; Rich Vierkant, vice president of merchandising at Automotive Parts Headquarters; Doug Kubinak, vice president of sales at East Penn Manufacturing; Mark Hoffman, sales manager at East Penn Manufacturing; and Corey Bartlett, president of Automotive Parts Headquarters.
The employee-owners of APH helped determine recipients of the supplier awards, which were presented by John Bartlett, CEO, and Corey Bartlett, president.
“We’re pleased to recognize our top suppliers for their outstanding support of our organization,” said Corey Bartlett. “Strong partnerships, like the ones we have with Dorman, Standard Motor Products, Federal-Mogul and East Penn, are essential for our continued growth. We really appreciate the significant efforts these companies put forward to help us grow our business, and we’re delighted to once again celebrate their accomplishments.”
The Bartletts presented the following awards:
Northstar Award for new business opportunities; Dorman Products;
Outstanding Training Support, Standard Motor Products;
Outstanding Technology Support, Dorman Products;
Outstanding Marketing Support, Federal-Mogul;
Outstanding Sales Support, East Penn; and
2012 Supplier of the Year, East Penn.
APH was established in 1920 in Minneapolis, Minn., as National Bushing & Parts Co. During the 1960s, the company formed a main office and distribution center in St. Cloud, Minn. Today, as an Auto Value member of Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, APH has a network of 80 corporate stores and 35 independent stores. APH is consistently ranked in Babcox Media’s Top 20 Super Stores. The distributor and store group employs more than 750 team members.