Heritage

Our company history begins with the dreams of a father and son

HERITAGE

Keystone’s Beginnings...
Our company history begins with the dreams of a father and son and the opening of the first retail A&A Auto Store.  Joe Amato Sr., a native of northeastern Pennsylvania, opened the first A&A store in the early 1960s – a store with ample space to serve as a distribution center for other enthusiasts and small local repair shops.

Several years later, Joe’s son Joe Jr. – a young, high school student – entered the family business. Joe Jr. was passionate about drag racing and keen on building his family legacy.  Following his passion, he created S&S Speed, a parts retail store devoted exclusively to speed and performance parts. As Joe Jr. achieved legendary status on the drag racing circuit, the Amato businesses grew and so did the number of automotive and speed enthusiasts employed by the Amatos.

In 1971, the Amato family businesses transitioned into the Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc that we know today. Keystone expanded rapidly in all areas of inventory, distribution, and customer service from that point forward, strengthening its market reputation for customer service excellence and superior product selection.

 Milestones:
 1971  Keystone Automotive Operations opens for business
 1977  Keystone receives SEMA WD of the Year Award
 1986  Keystone receives SEMA WD of the Year Award
 1988  Exeter, PA main warehouse opens
 1989  Greensboro, NC sales center opens
 1998  Keystone acquires American Specialty Inc. (NY)
   Keystone acquired by Advent, Littlejohn, & GE Commercial Finance
 1999  Toronto, ON sales center opens
   Keystone acquires American Parts Warehouse (APW)
   Keystone acquires Performance Improvements Warehouse (Canada)
 2000  Kansas City distribution center opens
   Kansas City, KS sales center, cross-dock & distribution center opens
 2003  Corona, CA sales center and distribution center opens
   Keystone acquires Wilco Sales Corp.
   Bain Capital acquires Keystone Automotive Operations
 2005  Keystone acquires Blacksmith Distributing
   Keystone acquires Reliable Automotive
 2006  Atlanta, GA distribution center opens
 2007  Keystone receives SEMA WD of the Year Award
 2008  Keystone acquires assets of Arrow Speed Warehouse
 2011  Platinum Equity acquires Majority Ownership of Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc.
   Keystone acquires NTP Distribution, Inc. (NTP)
 2014  LKQ acquires Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc.
   Keystone acquires Cross Country Distribution
   Flower Mound, TX distribution center opens
   Keystone acquires Stag-Parkway
 2015  Keystone acquires Coast Distribution
 2016  Brownstown, MI distribution center opens
   Spokane, WA distribution center opens

 

Heritage
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