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APA Announces 2021 Suppliers Of The Year

The APA Suppliers of the Year were honored during the group’s virtual annual shareholders & suppliers conference.


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Automotive Parts Associates (APA) has announced its 2021 APA Suppliers of the Year, being honored for their dedicated service to APA shareholders and the organization amid the challenges of 2020. 

The APA Suppliers of the Year award recipients were announced during the virtual 2021 APA Annual Shareholders & Suppliers Conference on Tuesday, March 23 as a video skit of a mock press conference. The production featured the APA Chairman of the Board of Directors, Douglas Squires as the “head coach” with the other content supplied by the winners accepting their awards. 

“We wanted to do something special and memorable for everyone in attendance. We’ve been told we throw a good party, so we wanted to keep that up for the virtual conference as well. The awards presentation is all about having a good time as a group of friends and colleagues, regardless if we are laughing together in-person or gathered around our computers. Our awards presentations aren’t dry or formal, so we seized the opportunity to create a video to bring us together despite being scattered across North America,” said Creative & Marketing Manager, Sara Griewing.  

APA recognizes the following organizations for their outstanding service and support of its shareholders and initiatives in 2020:

  • New Supplier of the Year – Odyssey Battery
  • Cornerstone Award – BBB Industries
  • Distinguished Original Equipment Partner – Bosch
  • Outstanding Marketing Partner – KYB
  • HQ Supplier of the Year – First Brands Group
  • Shareholder’s Choice Supplier of the Year – FCS Automotive
  • APA Supplier of the Year – Denso

APA also recognized its shareholder, Factory Motor Parts in Eagan, Minnesota, as the recipient of the APA Line-Backer award for increasing APA line purchases the most in 2020 and Metric Auto Parts in St. Paul, Minnesota, for celebrating 35 years of business in the automotive aftermarket industry.


“It is always great to recognize the vendor partners who go above and beyond to support the membership of this group. Choosing the winners from our vendor community is not always easy as we value all of our suppliers, but this group has really stepped up in what was a challenging year for all of us.  As a former supplier myself I know how much these awards mean to the individuals and the companies they work for, and APA is proud to be able to recognize their commitments and support for our shareholders,” said APA President, Steve Tucker. 

To view a video of the awards presentation, click here.