The Distributor of the Year award stands as the independent aftermarket’s most respected and highest honor. Top performing distributors are chosen by peers, manufacturer representatives and other industry leaders.
Five distributors are chosen and highlighted in the June-October issues of Truck Parts & Service. One finalist is then chosen and announced at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in Las Vegas in January.
Truck Supply Co. of South Carolina, led by President Edward Neeley, has been named the 2013 Truck Parts & Service Distributor of the Year.
Neeley was presented the award Tuesday during the opening general session Tuesday morning at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in Las Vegas.
Neeley purchased Truck Supply Co. in 2002 and under his leadership the business has grown from a single location to three facilities with a parts warehouse and a service center in central South Carolina.
“Wow,” a visibly surprised Neeley said while congratulating his fellow nominees. “I never would have thought we would have been able to take this company where it is today.”
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Neeley also thanked his family for “putting up” with him.
“That’s a job within itself right there.”
“We owe a big thanks to all of our employees and, most of all, all our customers,” he adds.
Mike Callison, president, and John Minor, executive vice president and COO for Midwest Wheel Companies were named the Truck Parts & Service 2012 Distributor of the Year award winner Tuesday during the opening general session at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week at The Mirage in Las Vegas.
Chip Magner, National Account Executive for Truck Parts & Service and Randall Reilly presented the award to Midwest Wheel with representatives from Minimizer and Timken, the award’s sponsors.
“This is a great honor for us and our company,” says Minor. “We are very proud to win this award.”
Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, Midwest Wheel has seven locations throughout Iowa and Missouri and has been in business since 1911. The fourth-generation family-operated business serves the entire upper Midwest, with Callison and Minor leading the team.
Midwest Wheel becomes the first two-time winner in the award’s 11-year history. The company also won the award in 2004.
Inland Truck Parts, Parts For Trucks, Point Spring & Driveshaft and Six Robblees also were nominated for the award.
“I have a great deal of respect of all of those guys,” adds Minor. “I have known some of those guys for 30-plus years. I know they were happy for us, and we appreciate that. I’ve learned a lot from them over the years.”
Independent distributors Carolina Rim & Wheel of Charlotte, N.C., and Fleet Brake of Calgary, Alberta have been named co-winners of Truck Parts & Service’s 2011 Distributor of the Year award, sponsored by Minimizer.
The award was given out during the opening session of HDAW 2012 at The Mirage in Las Vegas. This is the third time in the award’s 10-year history that multiple winners have been selected. Other 2011 nominees were Tidewater Fleet Supply of Chesapeake, Va. and Weldon Truck Parts of Oklahoma City.
Tom Stewart, president of Carolina Rim & Wheel, and John Bzeta, president of Fleet Brake, accepted the awards for their companies.
“We’re really excited to win this tremendous award,” says Stewart. “This goes to my employees. The reason our company is successful is because of our employees.”
“I’d like to thank Randall-Reilly, Truck Parts & Service and Minimizer for this award,” says Bzeta. “This award is a credit to our employees and the work they do.”
He added, “Thanks to everyone here for all your support of the aftermarket. I believe the people in this room are what this industry is all about.”
Denise Rondini, executive editor of Truck Parts & Service, Chip Magner, Truck Parts & Service executive director of sales and Craig Kruckeberg, Minimizer CEO, presented the awards.
Stone Truck Parts of Garner, N.C. was the award’s 2010 winner.
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