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Larry Montante - 2021 SEMA Board of Directors Candidate

Larry Montante - 2021 SEMA Board of Directors Candidate


Keystone Automotive Operations is proud to announce that after a rigorous vetting process, our very own Larry Montante is a Candidate on the ballot for the 2021 SEMA Board of Directors.

For more than 37 years, Larry Montante has been instrumental in the success of Keystone Automotive Operations. Launching his career in the warehouse then on to roles in Retail, Sales, Purchasing, and Marketing, Larry has risen through the ranks to his current position as Vice President of Category Management. Throughout his time with Keystone, Larry has fostered important relationships with the automotive retail community along with the manufacturers that supply products to the industry.

Now, at a time when the automotive aftermarket is facing some of its most unique challenges, Larry has decided to parlay his lifetime of experience into a role where he can be a strong, positive influence on the industry as he vies for a seat on the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Board of Directors. Having been chosen as a candidate for the position, Larry’s campaign emphasizes his years of experience in multiple leadership roles along with his genuine understanding of the needs of retailers, suppliers, and consumers in this rapidly evolving marketplace.

As he looks to make an impact on the future of the industry, Larry’s knowledge, passion and energy make him an idea individual to join the SEMA Board while they work to protect our industry and continue to inspire and educate future automotive enthusiasts. There is much work to be done and Keystone Automotive Operations is proud that one of our own, Larry Montante is ready to roll up his sleeves and do what it takes to get the job done.

To learn more about Larry Montante and his SEMA Candidacy, please visit: Larry4SEMA.com and follow him on Facebook for updates https://www.facebook.com/Larry4SEMA

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Keystone Automotive Operations Celebrates 50th Anniversary at 2022 BIG Show

EXETER, PA (April 5, 2022) – The automotive aftermarket industry gathered in Grapevine, Texas to join the leading distributer and marketer of aftermarket products and services in celebrating its 50th anniversary at the 2022 Keystone Automotive Operations BIG Show sponsored by Weather Guard, March 25–26.

The 50-year Legacy Celebration presentation at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center ballroom was the first activity of a full show agenda that included exhibiter displays, more than 100 show vehicles and product education along with substantial show-only sales and promotions within the world-class Gaylord Texan facilities.

“What a show!” exclaimed Keystone Automotive Operations Vice President of Sales, Fred Petrivelli. “With more customers in attendance than we’ve seen in the past few years, and the show floor overflowing with the industry’s leading suppliers, the energy and enthusiasm throughout the event was incredible.  We saw record sales, but most importantly, we have been extremely grateful to receive so much positive feedback from everyone who had a fantastic time with us in Texas.”

Opening the two-day annual customer event honoring company founder, Joe Amato alongside an impressive roster of associates, customers, industry suppliers, manufacturers and organizations, the company paid homage to many of those who had contributed to its success for the last five decades.

“With a history spanning fifty years, there have been a tremendous number of people that have been a part of Keystone’s legacy,” said Keystone Automotive Operations President, Bill Rogers. “Beginning with our foundation of associates who have been with us thirty years or more, and then extending to customers and suppliers who we’ve had partnerships for decades, this event provided us with a wonderful opportunity to recognize them for their important contributions to the success of our business.”

Sharing the Legacy Celebration stage with those who contribute throughout Keystone’s infancy and growth, the affable Amato, introduced by Keystone Automotive Vice President of Category Management, Larry Montante, stole the show as he discussed the company’s early days along with his thoughts on developing the business as he was pursuing what was to become a legendary drag racing career.

“His is a true American success story,” recounted Montante, himself an honoree for his extensive tenure with the company. “It was an honor to bring him to the BIG Show to see what his legacy with our business has become. Whether with Keystone, in racing, or in his current involvement in real estate, Joe Amato has the Midas touch and has found success at every juncture along the way. He has had such a significant influence on this industry, it was special for us all to have this time to share with him at the show.”

As part of the show activities, attendees were treated to a host of networking opportunities, a Friday night concert presented by Weather Guard, and a Saturday evening reception in addition to 50th  Anniversary activities. Special displays included an Amato’s championship winning NHRA dragster as well as a unique collection of memorabilia from his personal collection alongside a variety of items representing the history of Keystone Automotive Operations over the many years.  

 

“Beginning with Joe Amato, there’s something very special about this company, its history and the people that have made it the success it is,” added Rogers. “This BIG Show, while spending some time with our customers and suppliers at a wonderful facility, gave us the unique opportunity to look back at how we got to where we are and honor some of those who have impacted the business over the years. An occasion like this doesn’t come around very often and it was our privilege to share it with everyone at The BIG Show.”

For those unable to attend the 2022 BIG Show, Keystone will expand the show’s reach as they once again present a virtual BIG Show following the live event, April 4-8. This virtual show will be the third year of the online event, allowing participants the chance to participate in many of the same offers and promotions as the live event while engaging with presenting suppliers in a safe and convenient online format.

For more information, please visit keystonebigshow.com or contact your Keystone Representative. 

 

About Keystone Automotive Operations:

Keystone Automotive Operations 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 everything they need, when they need it.

2022 Keystone BIG Show to Feature 50 Year Legacy Celebration

EXETER, PA (March 8, 2022) - Keystone Automotive Operations will be commemorating its 50th anniversary with their Legacy Celebration when the leading distributor and marketer of automotive aftermarket products and services, returns to Grapevine, TX for the 2022 BIG Show presented by Weather Guard.

Throughout the annual customer event, held at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center March 25-26, 2022, Keystone will be recognizing their history along with honoring many of the individuals who have contributed to the success of the company and the industry over the last half century. Joining this special Legacy Celebration will be one of the company founders and multi-time NHRA drag racing champion, Joe Amato, who will be interacting with show attendees throughout the weekend. The festivities will also feature a special presentation honoring Amato along with individuals representing the company’s suppliers, manufacturer’s representatives, customers, and employees who have been instrumental in the 50-year history of Keystone Automotive Operations.

“This very special Legacy Celebration within The BIG Show provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge many of the important people who have made a significant contribution to our success over the last 50 years,” said Keystone Automotive Operations President, Bill Rogers. “It’s an honor for us to celebrate this milestone alongside many influential individuals who have had a tremendous impact on the entire automotive aftermarket industry.”

Visitors to the two-day show will also have the chance to view one of Amato’s NHRA championship winning Top Fuel dragsters which will be prominently displayed at the entrance to the Gaylord Texan Convention Hall. Keystone Automotive Operations will also be hosting a unique showcase featuring memorabilia from the private Joe Amato collection highlighting his prolific racing career along with items representing the corporation’s history and progression over the last five decades.

“This company has a long and wonderful history and it’s quite a story to tell,” said Keystone Automotive Operations Vice President, Category Management, Larry Montante. “We’re excited to have Joe with us for the weekend and look forward to him sharing some of the stories from those early days with everyone at the show. The BIG Show is our signature event, bringing our customers and suppliers together in a wonderful setting to renew, foster and establish many meaningful relationships in an environment that is unlike any other event in the industry. There are a great number of people who are responsible for our success, and we are excited for this celebration as we shine some light on their impact over these many years.”

In addition to Legacy Celebration festivities, The BIG Show will be showcasing exhibiter displays, more than 100 show vehicles and product education along with substantial show-only sales and promotions within the world-class facilities of the host Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.

“The BIG Show brings the industry together and for many, this is the first opportunity of the year to meet with industry colleagues and interact in person,” stated Rogers. “From the new product showcases to feature vehicles and supplier displays, our customers will have valuable exposure to the industry’s most popular and in-demand products while sharing their feedback with the manufacturers who bring them to market. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone and having some fun in Texas.”

For those unable to attend the 2022 BIG Show, Keystone will expand the show’s reach as they once again present a virtual BIG Show following the live event, April 4-8. This virtual show will be the third successive year of the online event allowing participants the chance to partake in many of the same offers and promotions as the live event while engaging with presenting suppliers in a safe and convenient online format.

“There is nothing like the in-person event, but we are pleased to present the automotive aftermarket’s best virtual show for those who are not able to be there,” says Montante. For more information, please visit keystonebigshow.com or contact your Keystone Representative.

About Keystone Automotive Operations:
Keystone Automotive Operations 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 everything they need, when they need it.

Keystone Automotive Operations Opens Florida Distribution Center

EXETER, PA (March 1, 2022) – Today, Keystone Automotive Operations, the leading wholesale distributor and marketer of automotive, RV, and marine aftermarket products and services, announced the opening of its newest distribution center in Ocoee, Florida. The 200,000 sq. ft. Orlando area facility will service the company’s automotive, RV and marine retail customer base throughout the state. The location brings Keystone’s network of nationwide distribution centers to eight in addition to 37 stand-alone cross-dock facilities, increasing the company’s total distribution footprint across North America to approximately three million square feet.
“We are elated to be a part of communities of Ocoee and greater Orlando,” said Keystone Automotive Operations President, Bill Rogers. “The local government has been wonderful to work with and very helpful with the process of opening a large distribution center there. This Central Florida location positions our inventory in the heart of our Florida automotive, RV and Marine customer base, allowing us to provide enhanced service with later cut times and in many cases, earlier daily delivery times.”
“I am delighted that Keystone Automotive Operations has joined the growing list of nationally ranked employers in the Ocoee Business Park,” said Ocoee, Florida Mayor Rusty Johnson. “Keystone will be occupying 200,000 square feet of space in the park while bringing well-paying jobs, which in turn will support the high quality residential and retail environment that we are striving for in Ocoee.”

With inventory shipments and early operations underway, the facility will be staffed by a team of more than 50 and serviced by the company’s private trucking fleet which distributes aftermarket products for all the industries we serve under the Keystone Automotive Operations, NTP-STAG and SeaWide distribution brands, respectively. The increased capacity promises to optimize the corporation’s cross-dock structure while increasing delivery and reach, ensuring improved, expanded service into regions such as Miami and the Florida Keys.

“We are constantly analyzing and evaluating improved methods to help our customers grow and be more competitive in their respective marketplaces,” said Keystone Automotive Operations Vice President of Fulfillment, John Ruch. “Consumer demand for the products we distribute continues to increase. This Florida facility will help us to meet the needs of our customers, and in turn, meet that retail demand. Our Florida inventory mix will ensure we continue to improve our product availability with the best-in-industry lead times for the end consumers.”

Florida based property management and development firm, McCraney Property Company assisted in locating the Ocoee building, which was constructed jointly by C4 Architecture, Greer Construction and North West Handling.

This newest distribution center incorporates years of experience operating Keystone Automotive Operations distribution centers throughout the country.
“Our Orlando site will hit the ground running smoothly, having honed our best practices for safety and efficiency through our in-house warehouse management software systems, standard operating procedures, and most importantly, the collective experience of our team members whose commitment and energy are the backbone of the company,” added Ruch.

To learn more about Keystone Automotive Operations, please visit keystoneautomotive.com.

About Keystone Automotive Operations:
Keystone Automotive Operations is the leading distributor and marketer of automotive, RV, and marine 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 everything they need, when they need it.

Registration For 2022 Big Show Now Open

EXETER, PA (December 21, 2021) – Today, Keystone Automotive Operations, the leading distributor and marketer of automotive aftermarket products and services, announced that registration is now open for the 2022 BIG Show. The annual customer event is coming to Grapevine, TX March 25-26, 2022, and will be held at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center followed by a virtual event from April 4-9.

The world-class facilities of Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center will be the epicenter of the automotive aftermarket as the industry comes together for two days of special programs and events, exhibiter displays, feature vehicles and product education in addition to show-only sales and promotions. 

“The BIG Show provides a unique setting which allows our suppliers and customers to connect, speak about industry trends and discuss new products and opportunities,” says Keystone Automotive Operations President, Bill Rogers “In addition to the great sales and product promotions, it is these networking opportunities that make The BIG Show such an extremely effective event for suppliers and jobbers alike. As we make final preparations for the show, we are looking forward to spending this time with our customers and supplier partners at the fantastic Gaylord Texan in Grapevine.”

With exhibitors and customer attendee audience returning to full capacity, the show will host the industry’s leading manufacturers along with the ancillary activities that have established the BIG Show as a prominent event on the annual industry calendar.

“We’re excited to have this opportunity to spend valuable time with our suppliers and partners along with the customers we serve,” said Vice President of Category Management, Larry Montante. “The BIG Show is the ideal setting to connect manufacturers with the customers who sell their products every day. This interaction allows suppliers to showcase new items while discussing the industry needs and trends that help drive future product development.”

For those unable to attend the 2022 BIG Show, Keystone will once again present a virtual BIG Show following the live event. This virtual show will be the fourth consecutive year of the online event allowing participants the chance to partake in many of the same offers and promotions as the live event while engaging with presenting suppliers in a safe and convenient virtual format.

Keystone Automotive Operations continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and are in constant communication with the host venue and local authorities.

For more information, please visit keystonebigshow.com or contact your Keystone Representative.

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