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LKQ finalized deal to acquire Warn Industries

  • 11/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

Chicago, IL (November 1, 2017) - LKQ Corporation (Nasdaq: LKQ) today announced that it has finalized the acquisition of Warn Industries, Inc. (“Warn”) a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of high performance aftermarket equipment and accessories. Warn was previously owned by Dover Corporation (NYSE: DOV). Warn will be a part of LKQ’s Specialty Segment, Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. (‘Keystone”)

“Finding new and better ways to serve the needs of our customers is a priority for Keystone. We are excited about the value and capabilities Warn brings to our customer centric approach to service,” said Bill Rogers, Vice President and General Manager of Keystone. “Their leadership position in the market and premium iconic brand give us the ability to drive our long-term strategy of growing share in our core markets and developing viable points of entry into adjacent spaces that show promise.”

Warn offers a broad product line of premium winches, hoists, locking hubs and bumpers and serve specialty retailers and distributors globally. Warn has a long history and reputation of developing the highest quality most technologically advanced products in the industry. The red W logo is omnipresent where rugged dependable products are required. From mountaintops to worksites and deserts to disaster areas, Warn is the product enthusiasts and professionals depend on.

“The team at Warn is very excited to be part of LKQ / Keystone,” said Eric Banks, Warn Vice President of Operations. “Our approach to customers and market opportunities are very similar. We believe that by serving our customers best we serve the needs of the entire supply chain better. They know our market space and have been leaders in it for many years. Being supported by a company that can bring new and critical resources to us means that our customers and all of our channel partners will benefit,” added Banks.

Warn will be run in an autonomous way within LKQ’s Specialty Products Group and maintain its operational presence in Oregon. “It is fantastic to have a very capable management team and experienced workforce in place there. Their infusion of talent to our organization will contribute significantly to all our working groups,” said Kyle Shiminski, Vice President of Keystone’s Specialty Products Group. “Their passion for their products and customers will help ensure that we continue to provide the highest quality products and service experiences people have come to expect,” he concluded.

“The collective team will be focused on maintaining the highest level of customer focus and driving the growth initiatives the organization has already developed,” said Rogers.

About LKQ Corporation
LKQ Corporation (www.lkqcorp.com) is a leading provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles. LKQ has operations in North America, Europe and Taiwan. LKQ offers its customers a broad range of replacement systems, components, equipment and parts to repair and accessorize automobiles, trucks, and recreational and performance vehicles.

About Keystone Automotive Operations
Keystone is the leading distributor and marketer of aftermarket automotive 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.

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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.

Toys for Tots Drive - Atlanta

This year our Austell, Ga. Distribution center partnered with Southeastern Freight and are greatly appreciative to everyone at the location that donated to the 2021 Toys for Tots drive.

Because of this incredible generosity, we were able to conduct an extremely successful Toy Drive this year. 

 

Happy Holidays!

2022 Keystone BIG Show Dates and Location Announced

Keystone Automotive Operations, the leading distributor and marketer of automotive aftermarket products and services, is returning to Grapevine, TX for the 2022 BIG Show. This annual customer event will be held at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center March 25-26, 2022, followed by a virtual event from April 4-9.

Returning to Texas after a successful 2021 BIG Show, the world-class facilities of Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center will once again host the event showcasing exhibiter displays, show vehicles and product education along with substantial show-only sales and promotions. Keeping with their ongoing commitment to support customer growth, Keystone will feature a full suite of innovative digital marketing programs and solutions will be featured throughout the event.

“Outstanding coordination between our experienced events team and the Gaylord Texan staff allowed us to present a first class show this past March that not only exceeded the required health and safety standards but also effectively connected our customers with many of the industry’s leading manufacturers and their products, in an in-person setting,” stated Keystone Automotive Operations President, Bill Rogers.

The March 2021 event marked the return to Grapevine for the BIG Show after a one-year hiatus.

“That was the first opportunity the industry had to meet in quite some time, so we felt a tremendous responsibility to safeguard the health and safety of the participants and our staff. While the knowledge gained from our most recent event provides us with a strong template for future success, we continue to monitor the events landscape as we move forward with our 2022 planning,” continued Rogers. “We look forward to hosting the show in March and providing our customers and suppliers the opportunity to benefit from this unique platform.”

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. 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 virtual format.

“Although nothing can replicate the in-person experience of attending the actual show, we feel we have honed our capabilities to provide the very best virtual event that is available anywhere for those customers that just can’t get there” said Larry Montante, VP Category Management at Keystone Automotive Operations.

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

NTP-STAG Awarded 2021 RVIA Distributor of the Year

NTP-STAG was honored to be recognized as Distributor of the Year at the recent 2021 RV Aftermarket Conference in Atlanta, Ga.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Conference, the RV Aftermarket Awards presentation was hosted by Bob Brammer of Stromberg Carlson and John Hawkins of BAL as the industry came together to recognize the top aftermarket individuals, suppliers, distributors, and products.

Click here to learn more about the 2021 RV Aftermarket conference and this year’s RV Aftermarket Award recipients.

Jon White and John Spaulding of NTP-STAG accept the RVIA Distributor of the Year Award

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