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Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Sails Into Florida for Annual Meeting; Outstanding Vendors Honored

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SAN ANTONIO — The shareholders of Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc. (Alliance) gathered this week in Boca Raton, FL, for the group’s annual winter meeting.

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The meeting is a culmination of the past year’s efforts of the Alliance, which markets for Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper parts stores and certified service centers. Reports and breakout meetings focusing on marketing, product, information technology and education were reviewed.

“Our winter meeting has continued to grow and this year was our largest ever as we hosted over 500 attendees,” said Richard Morgan, president and CEO of Alliance. “Besides essential business matters, another vital part of these meetings is the camaraderie that takes place as our shareholders and vendors visit with each other away from the day-to-day distractions of the office and get a chance to build their relationships — a critical part in any partnership.”

During the Annual Awards Banquet, outstanding vendors were recognized. Morgan presented the following awards: Outstanding Manpower Support, Federal-Mogul; Outstanding Promotion, Federal-Mogul; Outstanding Private Label Vendor, Valvoline Company; Outstanding Training Support, Standard Motor Products; Outstanding Marketing Support, Tenneco, Inc.; Mexico Marketing Partner, Tenneco; Supplier of the Year-Category I, Wix Filters; Supplier of the Year-Category II, Dorman Products; and Supplier of the Year-Category III, Fenwick Automotive Products.

Outstanding Shipping Performance-Bronze Level was for vendors obtaining 95 – 96.9 percent shipping performance for the year. Recipients were Amrep, Continental Battery, Delphi Products, Gates Rubber Company, Ideal Clamps, Plews/Truflate/Edelmann, Precision U-Joints, Proliance Radiators, Stant Corporation, and Wix Filters.

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Outstanding Shipping Performance-Silver Level vendors with a 97- 98.9 percent fill rate were Anco, BBB Industries, East Penn Manufacturing, Exide Batteries, ITW Permatex, Lisle Corporation, Monroe Ride Control, Peterson Manufacturing, Plasti-Kote, Spectra Premium, USA Industries, Valvoline, Wagner Lighting and Walker Exhaust.

Outstanding Shipping Performance-Gold Level outstanding shipping performance vendors achieved 99 percent or above during 2007. These exceptional vendors were ASC Industries, ATP, Bp Castrol Oil, Cloyes Gear, Dayco Products, Duragloss, GOJO, K&N Engineering, NGK Spark Plugs, Oil Dri and PartsMaster Wire.

Two new awards for 2007 were presented to Outstanding Marketing Partners, Promotional Services Group (PSG) and Modern Way Printing & Fulfillment; and Outstanding Technology Partners, Beck-Arnley and Activant Solutions.

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