AUTOMOTIVE PARTS ASSOCIATES (APA) GIVES CENTRIC PARTS
BRANDED VENDOR OF THE YEAR AWARD TWICE IN A ROW
 
ORLANDO, FLA. (March 2010) – Centric Parts, a leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake components and systems for import and domestic cars and trucks in all driving situations, has been named 2010 Branded Vendor of the Year by Automotive Parts Associates (APA), a leading member-owned cooperative representing over a billion dollars of purchasing power annually. This the second Branded Vendor of the Year award in a row for Centric Parts from APA and the third time they have singled the company out for excellence in the last four years.
 
“This was a team effort between Centric Parts and the members of APA," said Mike Musso, Centric Parts’ Vice President of Sales, during an award ceremony in Orlando as part of APA’s annual gathering. "We could not have done this without the support of the APA members as partners in business and we look forward to an exciting 2010."
 
“Getting this award consecutively from APA is very meaningful to Centric Parts at this time in our company history," noted Dan Lelchuk, President of Centric Parts. "This has been another growth year for Centric Parts and this award demonstrates that our Right Part, Right Place, Right Time philosophy remains firmly in place."
 
APA gives out this award annually to the company with the highest-quality sales force, efficient order fill process, great cataloging and quality products. In particular, Centric Parts was recognized for high order fills, quick turnaround times, being first to market with late model applications, providing and supporting innovative new products, low rate of warranty claims, and exceptional sales and technical support. Besides earning this award in 2009 and now 2010, APA also named Centric Parts the Vendor of the Year in 2007.
 
APA was originally formed in Kansas City in 1973 as an advertising program for 35 independent jobbers purchasing from a local warehouse distributor. APA became a member owner cooperative in 1994.  Today, Automotive Parts Associates has grown from under 10 warehouses to over 175 warehouse locations with 369 company owned stores. APA member distribution centers offer a wide assortment of national brand product lines as well as a substantial line of "Professionals' Choice" brand products.
 
Centric Parts (www.centricparts.com) continually innovates significant improvements to brake technology for the street and track, having earned five patents along the way, providing superior performance, quality and value. Centric Parts offerings include PosiQuiet premium Metallic, Ceramic and Extended Wear formulas, an OE product line, plus C-TEK standard grade materials. StopTech (www.stoptech.com), Centric’s ultra performance division, is a leading innovator of world class brake components and systems for production-based racing cars and high performance vehicles on the street and track. Power Slot (www.powerslot.com), Centric’s performance division, focuses on entry level brake upgrade solutions and pioneered direct fit performance rotors for trucks, SUVs and severe duty vehicles.
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