Keystone News

  • 5/12/2017 12:00:00 AM
  • Harneet Kaur

EXETER, PA – Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. expanded its sport compact line card by adding NRG Innovations and Rocket Bunny. Founded in 2003, NRG Innovations is at the forefront of the tuner industry, with an impressive product assortment that touches 17+ categories and has more than 1,400 SKUs. “While NRG Innovations designs and engineers a variety of accessories for the sport compact segment, the company has mass market appeal. NRG’s umbrella of products is a well-rounded addition to the speed and performance category at large, and a great opportunity for our customers to diversify their business with one single brand,” added Daria Bryk, Marketing Manager at Keystone.

The Rocket Bunny collection has gained global acclaim for its trend-setting style and authenticity within the sport compact segment. And it’s the top-quality Japanese-made versions of these dynamic aero kits that have secured the loyalty and admiration of racers, car show winners and their installers. Rocket Bunny aero kits are not mass produced, so great care is taken for each component. The end result is a superior fitting with an artful design that is admired and sought after by car enthusiasts around the world.

“These companies are leaders in quality and market experience,” said Larry Montante, VP of Category Management. “We’re excited about these new partnerships and look forward to growing together to best serve our customers,” he continued.

Keystone has more than 165,000 unique stocking SKUs and will continue to expand its footprint to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it most.

  • 5/1/2017 12:00:00 AM
  • Harneet Kaur

EXETER, PA – Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. welcomes Dana Spicer, Yukon Gear & Axle, Dynamic Suspension, AirBedz, CargoGlide, Cargo Ease, Rack’Em and Prince Lionheart to its suspension and truck bed/van accessory market segments. "Each of these manufacturers brings something really special to the table, from legendary performance and creative storage solutions to innovation at its finest," said Larry Montante, Vice President of Category Management. "We’re very excited to welcome these new partnerships to the Keystone family," continued Montante.

The Dana Spicer name has been producing high-performance driveline components for 75 years and counting. Yukon Gear & Axle has some of the highest quality differential parts on the market, a result of state-of-the-art equipment and advanced manufacturing techniques. Both Cargo Glide and Cargo Ease offer creative van storage solutions that utilize nearly every inch of interior space so that professionals maximize efficiency on the job, while Rack’Em Manufacturing remains one of the most respected names in quality trailer storage solutions. "The additions of Cargo Glide, Cargo Ease and Rack’Em will suit the needs of the working professional, while Dynamic Suspension’s line of spring systems offer premium load-handling capability for work trucks and towing rigs alike," said Blake Bonser, Marketing Manager at Keystone.

Pittman Products International offers the only multi-patented air mattress that is specifically designed to fit mid and full-sized trucks in long and short bed layouts, with several additional patents are pending. And Prince Lionheart, a family owned and operated business, carries a multitude of vehicle storage and safety products for little ones in the back seat.

Keystone has more than 165,000 unique stocking SKUs and will continue to expand its footprint to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it most.

  • 5/15/2017 12:00:00 AM

Lancaster, PA - On May 14 Keystone Automotive Operations took part in the Annual Make-A-Wish® Mother’s Day Convoy in Lancaster, PA. The fund raiser that supports granting wishes for children with life threatening medical conditions began in 1990 when 44 trucks gathered as part of fulfilling a wish for a young man named Matt who wanted to ride in an eighteen wheeler and speak to his sister on the CB radio. On Sunday, Keystone was proud to be one of the record breaking 595 rigs that showed up to support Make-A-Wish®.

If you weren’t paying attention you could have missed seeing the cleverly painted Keystone truck. John Ruch, Vice President of Operations for Keystone said, “We wanted to have a little fun this year and decided to bring one of our more unique vehicles – a camo wrapped freightliner. It was great watching people’s reaction to seeing the big rig.”

“Make-A-Wish® and its charter to give hope and fun to children with chronic illness are perfectly aligned with our values. We started as a family business and know that our employees and their families are what make the company run. We support organizations like Make-A-Wish® because they extend needed services to the communities our employees live in. We were very proud to take part in this year’s convoy,” commented Bill Rogers, who leads Keystone Automotive Operations.

Keystone employees rallied behind the fund raiser by hitting the donation goals they set and the company generously matched their contributions. “The event was a lot of fun and the participation of our employees was great. We were able to build some internal awareness for Annual Make-A-Wish® while supporting a very worthy cause,” added Rogers.

  • 6/7/2017 12:00:00 AM
  • Harneet Kaur

EXETER, PA – Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. welcomes Motul Oil to its speed and performance line card. The company is a clear market leader in OEM approved, high-performance engine oils/lubricants for European and various import applications. Motul Oil is a well-respected name within the motorsports community and has longtime partnerships with giants like Subaru, Toyota, Nissan, and McLaren.

With a 160-year history rich in product innovation, Motul Oil is unmatched in its premium quality and performance. And as a leading figure in motor racing, Motul develops and validates its products under the most extreme conditions. “They have achieved mastery of their formulation, development, and also production processes. We’re pleased to be offering Motul Oil to our customers,” said Daria Bryk, Marketing Manager at Keystone.

Though common in the automotive industry, the Motul name is also prominent in mining, brick and cement, plastic injection, as well as the mechanical, metal, and even food industries.

Keystone is the industry’s leading distributor and marketer of aftermarket automotive parts. It continues to expand its footprint to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it most. Keystone’s geographic reach and unique distribution model allow it to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support.

  • 5/17/2017 12:00:00 AM
  • Harneet Kaur

EXETER, PA – Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. welcomes Northern Radiator to its speed and performance line card. The company has been manufacturing heating and cooling products across the automotive, racing, agricultural, truck, and industrial industries for more than 40 years. “With our race, muscle car, hot rod, custom kit radiators, and fan shrouds, there isn’t a cooling system or cooling problem we can’t help solve, fix, or upgrade,” said Chuck McKaige, Vice President of Sales at Northern Radiator.

Northern Radiator leads the industry with standard practices, seeks the highest-quality resources, and employs a team of R&D specialists who ensure standards are not only met, but exceeded. The company uses a proven OE inspired inlet/outlet along with a side-channel system that allows flex under pressure. High-capacity, efficient, seven-plate oil coolers dissipate more heat. And most Northern Radiators are built with a one-piece precision stamped tank for appearance, fit, function, and cooling.

“Keystone is very excited to have high-quality Performance Aluminum Products by Northern Radiator added to our distribution network. With our immediate inventory availability and delivery capabilities, we know our customers will be successful,” said Dave Burke, Category Manager at Keystone.

Keystone carries and supports over 800 brands of aftermarket products, and will continue to expand its footprint to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it most.

  • 5/30/2017 12:00:00 AM
  • Harneet Kaur

EXETER, PA – Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. welcomes Race Gas™ and Weego to its growing line card. Race Gas™ is a patent-pending combination of chemicals that fall into three primary groups: Fuel Hydrocarbons, Oxygenate, and Organometallic Compounds. Each group of compounds is found in typical gasoline. What differentiates Race Gas™ are the individual chemicals that were chosen from each group to formulate a blend of proven performance. With founding members that are self-proclaimed motorsport fanatics, expect a finished product that’s tried and true. “Receive a boost in power, throttle response, and torque,” said Dave Burke, Keystone Category Manager. “It’s a must-have item on the shelves this race season!” he continued.

Weego Jumpers

Weego provides a high quality, long lasting, and affordable power source in the form of jump starters and battery packs. They’re an ideal solution for everyone, from mom to mechanic, and suitable for a fast-paced, tech-reliant lifestyle by staying powered, staying connected, and staying safe when on the go. Weego products are ultra-compact and lightweight enough to fit in someone’s pocket, built for longevity and durability. “We are thrilled to begin this partnership with Keystone,” said Gerry Toscani, CEO of Weego. “This is an important step into large-scale automotive aftermarket distribution for us. Now Weego products and accessories will be available to more auto, truck, RV, and powersports dealers,” continued Toscani.

As the leading distributor and marketer of aftermarket automotive products and services, Keystone is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it most. Its geographic reach and unique distribution model allow it to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support.

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Keystone Automotive Announces 2019 RAM Project: The TerraRAM

Exeter, PA – Keystone Automotive Operations announced during its BIG Show at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX, plans to build a customized 2019 RAM 1500 show vehicle – the TerraRAM.  Modeled to be the Ultimate Overland Adventure Vehicle, the TerraRam will be a fully self-contained, on- and off-road explorer that combines rugged good looks with the latest technology and performance improvement products available in the aftermarket.

 

“We wanted this project to be a collaborative one where we have a chance to showcase the products and brands going into the build along with our customers that will be instrumental in putting the whole thing together,” says Larry Montante, VP of Category Management. Playing off the BIG Show theme, “The Ultimate Road Trip”, TerraRAM will be taken on a year-long odyssey that will feature Keystone customers contributing to the build along the way. Larry adds, “We think it will be a terrific way to build a community around the project and shine a bright light on the suppliers and installers that help make it happen.”

 

Shrouded under a cover on the exhibit hall floor during BIG Show, the TerraRAM drew a lot of attention and questions from attendees and exhibitors. “The show is a great platform to create some excitement for the project. We have a clear vision about the features we want to build into the truck and look forward to flushing out the finer details over the next 30 days as we sift through the proposals we received from suppliers that want to be part of the project,” says Larry. “Suffice it to say, the TerraRAM will embody the spirit of travel wherever the road leads.”

 

Plans for the TerraRAM include featuring the latest in solar and satellite technology to improve off-grid connectivity. Additionally, extensive suspension improvements, exterior and interior upgrades, performance enhancements and a few surprises from Keystone’s RV supplier partners will help make the vehicle a home on the road. The company’s goal is to deliver a comfortable, self-sustained earth traveler that can thrive in the most remote locations and harshest conditions. 

 

The truck will be equipped for boondocking, rock-hopping and interstate travel (but only as a last resort) and have an extensive array of technology and performance products provided by the distributor’s supplier partners. “Through terraRAM we hope to illustrate the value aftermarket products have in helping enthusiasts realize their vision for how they want their vehicles to look and be used,” commented Harneet Kaur, Directory of Marketing at Keystone.

 

According to Kaur, this TerraRAM is more than a typical truck build project. “While our intention is to create a vehicle capable of far reaching journeys, we also intend to follow the journey that makes it capable,” she says.  By documenting the build and following the vehicle across the country as it goes from stock to the TerraRAM, the company hopes the product and installer profiles they produce and promote on social media and other select media outlets, creates awareness and interest for the sponsors’ products and the vehicle itself.

 

Keystone invites the industry and enthusiasts everywhere to take part in the TerraRAM’s journey in 2019 by following the project on Keystone Social Media Channels, TheEngineBlock.com and selected media outlets.  

 

Keystone is the leading distributor and marketer of automotive aftermarket products and services, uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. Keystone is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it.


70 New Suppliers to Exhibit at BIG Show

EXETER, PA – Keystone Automotive Operations’ BIG Show is adding a lot of new features… and exhibitors to its event March 8-9 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas.  In addition to a Warn sponsored keynote by Ken Schmidt, a double-header concert featuring Tim Montana and Karen Waldrup and casino night presented by WeatherGard, the BIG show is attracting new suppliers as exhibitors like never before.

“We have more than 70 suppliers exhibiting this year that weren’t at our 2018 event,” says John Spaulding, Director of Events for Keystone Automotive Operations. “The interest in BIG Show as a way for suppliers to connect with jobbers, dealers, installers and retailers continues to grow. Our show platform is becoming the premier destination for introducing new products, selling to new customers and engaging with the market in ways that most of us can’t in our day-to-day roles. It’s a vital part of our business and we know our customers and suppliers look forward to it every year.”

New items are essential to the aftermarket and its more than just model year changeover that’s driving new product development. Innovative solutions for improving vehicle performance, whether it’s suspension, exhaust, engine, tires and wheels or accessories that enhance the overall functionality, are creating sales opportunities for aftermarket product resellers and installers. Events like BIG Show play a pivotal role in showcasing these opportunities and connecting all the supply chain players in an effort to grow sales for everyone.

“The show experience has been designed to focus on new products,” says Spaulding. “We have a New Products Showcase with more than 180 new items on display. In addition, 36 companies are exhibiting new Point-of-Purchase tools that give our attendees ideas about how to merchandise and sell new products in their stores.” New suppliers will be highlighted on the BIG Show floor map and will be prominently featured throughout the event.

Brand new suppliers to Keystone will be showcased in a special sales promotion at BIG Show. Golden tickets representing extra bonus discounts will be given to every attendee. The tickets can be used for purchases from the 40 exhibitors at the event that are new to Keystone.

“Our sales initiatives and on-the-floor activity are all about helping our customers grow their business,” states Vice President of Sales for Keystone Automotive Operations, Fred Petrivelli. “We know that these new product and new lines can have an incredible impact on their sales and profits and want to make sure they are aware of the opportunities so they can make informed decisions about the best way to serve their customers and their businesses in the future,” he adds.

The Keystone BIG Show is the industry’s largest distributor event in North America drawing thousands of attendees from Canada and the United States. Host to more than 200 exhibiting companies, nearly 100 show vehicles and an agenda packed with special events and networking opportunities, the BIG Show is the place to be March 8-9 in Grapevine, TX.

Keystone is the leading distributor and marketer of automotive aftermarket products and services, uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. Keystone is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it most.

Keystone’s Parts Via Program to add Broader e-Commerce Reach and Loyalty Benefits for Its Members

Exeter, PA - In 2017, Keystone Automotive Operations launched Parts Via, an innovative sales network that linked organic site traffic at its brand  partner’s websites to local brick and mortar business via a “Buy Now” button. The profits from the online transactions are shared among the participating supplier partners and dealers while the free, ship-to-store delivery option served as a catalyst for driving consumer traffic to the local business. This new, incremental business stimulated add-on sales, installation revenue and service opportunities, furthering the value of the Parts Via Program to its membership.

The company announced that it is launching Phase II of Parts Via to the automotive aftermarket during its annual BIG Show March 8-9, 2019 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX. This phase includes program enhancements that expand e-commerce reach through a consumer facing website and marketplace store. In addition, Parts Via members will be part of a new customer Parts Via loyalty program.

“Our development roadmap for Parts Via has always included growing the network though enhanced tools and participation,” stated Bill Rogers, President of Keystone. “We recognized early on that a consumer’s path to purchase is one with many forks and the decisions made by them along their journey impact where the final purchase is made. We wanted to build a program that put our partners in the best competitive position to capture the sale regardless of where and when a consumer chooses to buy something, whether it is in a store or online.” He concludes.

Keystone will be previewing its new consumer website www.partsvia.com during the BIG Show as part of the Phase II rollout. The site will complement the “Buy Now” functionality on partner sites and have the added benefit of hosting all the Parts Via partner products in one location. The new site will include a robust parts look-up tool, fresh content and ship-to-store / ship-to-home options. “This will further expand the opportunity for our brick and mortar Network Dealers to participate in an on-line sale that may have otherwise gone around them.”  Also, a new appointment scheduling feature that will allow Parts Via Network Dealers to promote available installation times will be added soon.

Understanding the sheer volume of business generated through online marketplaces that brick and mortar businesses are not participating in, prompted the company to look for a solution that allows their customers to claw back some of that lost revenue. Keystone has launched its Parts Via Amazon Marketplace store. This storefront will sell products under the Parts Via banner and generate similar benefits for the member Network Dealers. The storefront’s current 2,661 SKUS are made up of high-volume MAP brands that help maintain margins throughout the supply chain.

“As we thought about the introduction of Parts Via Phase II, we wanted to leverage some of the unique capabilities we are providing our customers and wrap them into a loyalty program,” said Larry Montante, VP Category Management. “We are introducing the Parts Via Loyalty program in conjunction with the Phase II launch.” The new loyalty program employs a tiered approach to participation that makes getting involved easy and scalable for future growth regardless of a business’s size, focus or markets served. As a Parts Via Network Dealer’s participation and engagement with Keystone grows so to do the benefits of being in the Parts Via Loyalty Program.

The dealer’s benefits will be determined by their status within the Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of the program. Some examples of the benefits include dealer web locator placement and positioning, Parts Via profit share, installation network inclusion, marketing support, BIG Show benefits, preferred product access, exclusive promotional opportunities, unique travel and event incentives, and Keystone services incentives.

“Just like airline mileage programs, we intend to award points and member benefits based on sales and other goals,” says Montante. He adds, “We will be using an online rewards tracking program that will allow our customers to monitor their status in real time and redeem their points on a variety of member rewards.” The availability of these new tools and services will allow Keystone to expand the Parts Via value proposition to its Brand Partners and Network Dealers driving more business back into local businesses.   

Keystone is the leading distributor and marketer of automotive aftermarket products and services, uniquely positioned to offer customers and suppliers substantial scale, the most comprehensive inventory selection in the industry, high levels of customer service, and innovative marketing support. Keystone is committed to expanding its offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of its customer base, providing them what they need, when they need it.

Keystone Now Offers Black Horse Off Road

Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. has added Black Horse Off Road to its stable of truck and off-road product offerings.

Long Island-based Black Horse Off Road has grown from a small wholesaler of accessories to a nationally-recognized brand during the past 15 years, according to Keystone. The company offers grille guards, bull bars, brush guards, safari bars, hard tonneau covers, no-drill side step systems and running boards, bumper guards, lighting solutions, and electric winches.

The company’s latest offering, the Black Horse Armour Bull Bar, is constructed of heavy-duty stainless steel in an aggressive and modern angular design, available for a variety of makes and models.

Black Horse Off Road recently announced a partnership with American Luxury Coach (ALC), which debuted a limited-edition Black Horse Series 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 at SEMA 2018.

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