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Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association Challenge Raises Record-Setting $95,000 For University Of The Aftermarket Foundation

The donation will be used to support the foundation’s scholarships and grants to help develop a strong, knowledgeable aftermarket workforce.


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BETHESDA, Maryland – Distributors and suppliers who participated in the most recent Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Business and Education Conference accepted the AWDA Challenge and made a record-setting donation of $95,000 to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

The donation will be used to support the foundation’s scholarships and grants to help develop a strong, knowledgeable aftermarket workforce.

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Automotive Distribution Network, Automotive Parts Services Group, Federated Auto Parts and National Pronto Association contributed $25 for every one-on-one meeting held between their member distributors and vendor partners during the conference.

“Together these program groups donated more than half of the total raised by the AWDA Challenge, increasing their donations by over $10,000 over last year,” said Bob Egan, chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “We are extremely grateful to all distributors and suppliers who took the AWDA Challenge to ensure a solid future for the automotive aftermarket industry.”

John Washbish, senior vice chairman of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation, added: “This was the first time supplier partners generously committed to five-year pledges to support the AWDA Challenge. We thank them, and all our donors, for showing a true commitment to education and strengthening our great industry. We look forward to even more participation this year.”


Many supplier partners also participated in the AWDA Challenge, with 84 companies making an all-new five-year pledge. The companies are:

  • ADVICS North America
  • Akebono Brake Corp.
  • Amalie Oil Co.
  • AP Emissions Technologies
  • Autologue Computer Systems
  • BBB Industries
  • Blue Sage Software
  • Bostech
  • Centric Parts
  • CITGO Petroleum Corp.
  • Continental/VDO
  • Continental ContiTech
  • Crowne Group
  • Dash4 Brake Products
  • Dayco Products
  • Delphi Product & Service Solutions
  • DMS Systems Corp.
  • Dorman Products
  • DST – A Solera Co.
  • Dupli-Color/Krylon/VHT
  • East Penn Mfg. Co.
  • ErlingKlinger AG
  • EnerSys Batteries
  • Epicor Software
  • Exide Technologies
  • FCS Automotive Int.
  • FRAMGroup
  • Fuse5 Automotive Software
  • Gates Corp.
  • GB Remanufacturing
  • GK Industries
  • Global Parts Distributors
  • GMB North America
  • Grote Industries
  • Henkel (Loctite)
  • IAP/DuraGo
  • Idemitsu Lubricants America
  • Innova Telematics Solutions
  • Interstate Batteries
  • ISC Industries
  • Johnson Controls
  • KYB Americas Corp.
  • Lisle Corp.
  • MAHLE Aftermarket
  • MAM Software
  • Mevotech LP
  • MotoRad of America
  • Moveras
  • NewTek Automotive USA
  • NGK Spark Plugs
  • NTN Bearing Corp. of America
  • Onix Automotive
  • OptiCat
  • OSC Automotive Products
  • Penray Inc.
  • Peterson Mfg.
  • Powerstop
  • Premium Guard
  • Pro-King Automotive Products
  • Recochem Inc.
  • Remy Power Products
  • Robert Bosch
  • Schaeffler Group USA
  • Schrader Performance Sensors
  • Spectra Premium Industries
  • Standard Motor Products
  • Stant Corp.
  • Sunsong North America
  • Tenneco
  • The Timken Co.
  • TYC/Genera Corp.
  • Undercar Express
  • Unity Automotive
  • Uquality Automotive Products
  • Valeo Service
  • Valvoline
  • Warren Distribution
  • WD-40 Co.
  • Winhere Brake Parts
  • ZF Aftermarket

Supplier partners making a one-year pledge to support the AWDA Challenge are:

  • ACDelco
  • A.I.T/TrakMotive
  • AMS Automotive
  • ASC Airtex Performance Pumps
  • Dana Incorporated
  • Elite EXTRA
  • Federal-Mogul Motorparts
  • GCommerce Inc.
  • Lumileds
  • NewTek Automotive USA
  • Plews & Edelmann
  • UAC

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