Fisher Auto Parts has acquired Motown Automotive Distributing, effective Oct. 1, the companies announced.
“We are very pleased to join forces with Fisher Auto Parts, the founding member of Federated Auto Parts,” said Jim Sechrist, president of Motown Automotive Distributing. “Our long history and association with the Fisher organization and the Federated program group made it the right decision to merge with them. Through Fisher, Motown will be able to provide even more product and service resources to our customers and give opportunities for our associates to expand their careers in the Fisher Auto Parts network.”
Motown Automotive Distributing traces it roots back to 1952, when Elwood Sechrist opened a tool-and-die shop called Elray Machine Products. In 1971, the family business expanded into aftermarket auto parts under the name of Motown Automotive Distributing Co.
Based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Motown carries approximately 50,000 undercar and underhood parts, according to the company website.
“The Sechrist family and their team of employees have built a premier aftermarket distribution business in Michigan, of which we are proud to be adding to the Fisher Auto Parts company,” said Bo Fisher, CEO of Fisher Auto Parts. “Our missions and values align completely so that we will continue to provide all customers with the best overall value in the aftermarket while doing so with integrity and commitment to all, including every associate and vendor partner.”
Founded in 1929, Fisher Auto Parts has approximately 500 company-owned locations and more than 100 independent jobbers in 18 states, according to its website. Fisher is a member of the Automotive Parts Services Group.
Sechrist and Fisher expressed their gratitude to the executive teams of Motown Automotive Distributing and Fisher Auto Parts for their hard work in facilitating the transaction. The firms said they expect “a seamless transition … due to the dedication of both companies to serve their customers first.”