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Mighty Auto Parts Celebrates 50 Years

Franchised auto parts distributor Mighty Auto Parts is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

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NORCROSS, Ga. — The Norcross, Ga.-based firm currently has 114 "locally owned franchisees" that help "more than 12,000 auto repair professionals, including new and used car dealers, independent repair shops, tire centers and national quick-service chains, profitably manage and grow an exceedingly complex business, where both technical and operational skills must constantly evolve,” the company stated.

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“We started with the simple idea of personalized, direct parts distribution to our nation’s auto service providers 50 years ago, and that philosophy of putting people first hasn’t changed,” said Ken Voelker, president and CEO of Mighty Auto Parts. “In fact, it’s our focus on the human factor that allows Mighty to consistently anticipate and meet the needs of our customers no matter how rapidly our industry changes.”

The company started life in 1963 when Dallas “Dick” Wallace “loaded up his VW Beetle with tire repair products and hit on the road in Washington, D.C., selling to service stations. His face-to-face approach
and direct distribution model, called MTY (Manufacturer To You), set the foundation for the company.

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Mighty saw its greatest growth since 2001, when it first hit $100 million in sales.             

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