The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance announced the addition of Motorpro S A de C V of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, México, and Western Automotive Warehouse Distributors Inc. (WAWD) of Denver, Colo., as new members of the group, effective January 1, 2014. Both members join as the newest Bumper to Bumper shareholders.
MotorPro, founded in 1970, is the largest full-line distributor in Juarez and also operates a satellite facility in the city of Chihuahua. It serves independent jobbers in both markets and is the primary supplier of parts to a large, 20-outlet store chain in Juarez. MotorPro is led by Juan Carlos and Ivan Elizondo.
Western Automotive Warehouse Distributors (WAWD) was formed when owner Rob Johnson successfully pulled together his Clutch Doctor operation with Rick Yancey's Import Auto Parts business, then the combined entity bought Import Parts Warehouse and changed the name of the new organization to WAWD.
Collectively, the three former units have been successfully serving customers in the Denver market and along the I-25 corridor for more than 20 years. Now, as WAWD, they are positioned for significant growth and product line expansion, notes the Alliance.
"We couldn't be more pleased with the opportunity to join such a prestigious group as the Alliance," states MotorPro's Juan Carlos Elizondo. "With their help and well-recognized brands, our future looks very bright and our expansion plans for the city of Juarez and across the border into El Paso are on target."
"It is quite an honor to be joining a group like the Alliance,” says Johnson.
“Obviously, with all that we've done to build our company to what it is today, we are now well positioned to leverage their buying power and implement their first-class marketing and technology programs to the fullest extent, which will be key factors in driving our continued growth.”
"We are very happy to have these additions as our newest Bumper to Bumper shareholder members," says John Washbish, CEO and president of the Alliance.
“Both companies are led by young, dynamic and talented people and they serve two markets that we had no presence in. In addition, they are both well-managed and poised for growth. It's exciting to be bringing them on board and growing our membership and market footprint."
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Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.