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


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.

 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 Warehouse Opens
 1989  Greensboro, NC Sales Center Opens
 1992  Perrysburg, OH Sales Center And Cross Dock Opens
 1998  Keystone Acquires American Specialty Inc.
   Advent, Littlejohn, & GE Commercial Finance Acquire Keystone
 1999  Toronto, ON, Canada Sales Center & Cross Dock Opens
   Keystone Acquires American Parts Warehouse
   Keystone Acquires Performance Improvements Warehouse (Canada)
 2000  Kansas City, KS Distribution Center And Call Centers Open
 2003  Corona, CA Sales Center and Distribution Center Opens
   Keystone Acquires Wilco Sales Corp.
   Bain Capital acquires Keystone
 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 Arrow Speed Warehouse
 2011  Platinum Equity Acquires Keystone
   Keystone Acquires RV distributor NTP Distribution, Inc.
 2014  LKQ acquires Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc.
   Keystone Acquires Cross Country Distribution
   Flower Mound, TX Distribution Center Opens
   Keystone Acquires RV distributor Stag-Parkway to Form NTP-STAG
 2015  Keystone Acquires Coast Distribution (RV)
 2016  Brownstown, MI Distribution Center Opens
   Spokane, WA Distribution Center Opens
 2017  Keystone Launches Parts Via, a Click-To-Mortar, ecommerce solution
   Keystone Acquires German Distributor, Pika Autoteile GmbH
   Keystone Acquires Topline Systems
   Keystone Acquires Warn Industries (Manufacturer)
 2018  eKeystone App Launches for B2B Automotive Customers
   Eastvale, CA Distribution Center Opens
 2019  PartsVia.com Launches
 2020  Keystone Acquires Factor 55 (Manufacturer)
 2021  Keystone Acquires Fabtech (Manufacturer)
   Keystone Acquires Fab Fours (Manufacturer)
   NTP-STAG Awarded 2021 RVIA Distributor of the Year
   Ocoee, FL Distribution Center Opens
   Keystone Acquires SeaWide Marine Distributors


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