Dorman Products Announces Vendor Of The Year Award
COLMAR, PA -- Dorman Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: DORM) today announced it was selected Vendor of the Year at the annual Automotive Parts Associates, Inc. (A.P.A.) shareholder conference held in Miami, FL. The award was voted on by the individual warehouse distributor membership and presented to Bill Hanvey, Vice President of Marketing and Jeffrey Darby, Vice President of Traditional Sales by outgoing board Chairman Mike Faley of IWI Motorparts of Dubuque, IA.
Dorman was recognized for bringing new revenue to the group membership in the form of its OE Solutions product category which has generated double-digit sales growth over the past three years. OE Solutions parts offer the end-consumer a better choice on those product categories that were previously only available at the OE Dealer or in the aftermarket as remanufactured. Additional factors that led to the selection included an industry-leading web site, outstanding field sales representation and effective cataloging. The Dorman Service Dealer Guide that is distributed to automotive parts stores and service dealers in order to gain awareness of their new categories, was also cited as one of the major contributing elements to the group’s sales growth.
Richard Berman, CEO of Dorman Products, Inc., said of the award, “We are thrilled as a company to have contributed to A.P.A.’s sales growth in 2006. A.P.A. group members have embraced our strategy on preventing lost sales to the OE Dealer by investing in our OE Solutions product categories and their sales results speak to their success. We would like to thank all the members who recognized us in 2006 and are looking forward to continued success in 2007.”
“Dorman earned the award,” said Dan Freeman, President and CEO of A.P.A. “They have continually brought new product categories to our shareholders that were previously unavailable in the aftermarket which has meant new revenue for our members. They also have executed their plans to develop the awareness of these categories through their Service Dealer Guide and other marketing initiatives.”
A.P.A. is a member-owned cooperative made up of over 100 independent automotive parts warehouse distributors. Their member distribution centers offer a wide assortment of national brand product lines as well as a substantial line of “Professionals’ Choice” products which is the proprietary brand of A.P.A. For more information, please visit their web site at www.professionalschoice.com
Dorman Products, Inc. is a leading supplier of automotive products and home hardware to the automotive aftermarket and mass merchandise markets. For more information about Dorman, the company’s web site can be accessed at www.DormanProducts.com.
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