GPC Acquires Largest NAPA Independent Store Owner in the US

GPC Acquires Largest US NAPA Independent Store Owner

MPEC, founded in 1938 and based in Rockford, Illinois, has 181 locations across the Midwest.

Genuine Parts Company (GPC), global distributor of automotive and industrial replacement parts, announced it acquired Motor Parts & Equipment Corporation (MPEC), effective April 30, 2024, for its U.S. Automotive business.

MPEC, founded in 1938 and based in Rockford, Illinois, is the largest independent owner of NAPA Auto Parts stores in the U.S., operating 181 locations across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, according to GPC.

“We are pleased to announce the completion of this strategic acquisition, which aligns with our initiative to own more NAPA stores in priority markets,” said Will Stengel, president & CEO-elect of GPC. “We appreciate our long-standing partnership with MPEC’s Executive Chairman, Joseph Hansberry, and welcome our new MPEC teammates to GPC and NAPA. We are excited to work together to deliver solutions and value to our customers.”

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