Washington Auto Parts, a 19-store automotive aftermarket store group based in Ohio, announced Thursday it is acquiring Principal Truck Supply Inc. The former will take over Principal’s operations effective March 1, 2019.
One of the largest independent distributors of automotive parts in central Ohio, Washington Auto Parts was founded in Johnstown, Ohio, by Ken Washington in 1977, and is now co-owned and operated by his sons Mike and Bob Washington, along with third-generation owners Matt and Corey Washington.
Principal Truck Supply is located in Columbus, Ohio, and has been a staple in the region for years. Servicing the region’s medium- and heavy-duty truck needs since 1991, Principal Truck Supply is a member of HDA Truck Pride.
Washington Auto Parts says the success of Principal Truck Supply over the years can be attributed to the company’s hard-working and dedicated team of employees who will continue to drive its success in the future. The location will continue to operate at the existing facility with the existing team in place.
“For our customers, everything is the same – only better,” says Mike Washington. “We are still family owned and operated, and we’ll provide the same great service customers have received for 42 years.”
“The biggest difference is that we can now offer our customers the unmatched inventory and quality that Principal Truck Supply is known for,” adds Bob Washington. “It is a natural fit for Washington Auto Parts and Principal Truck Supply to come together. Each are strong brands in the community.”
The Washington Auto Parts group offers a full machine shop, including engine block work, cylinder head work, U-joint installation, press work and turning drums and rotors. The group also specializes in agriculture, hydraulic hoses, tools, equipment and automotive paint.
“The acquisition represents a new era for our business and our customers. We look forward to combining our Ohio automotive expertise with Principal Truck’s vast amounts of heavy-duty knowledge,” says Corey Washington.