Monday update: Bendix honors employees, 4M Parts Warehouse acquires 10 Auto Plus Locations, Fenix Parts acquires Fox Auto Parts and more

4M Parts Warehouse has purchased 10 locations from Auto Plus, including nine retail stores and a distribution center, to be rebranded as Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores, boosting its total store count to 20.

XL Parts/The Parts House expands in the Southeast

XL Parts/The Parts House acquired assets of IEH Auto Parts LLC d.b.a. Auto Plus in in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Indiana. This includes three distributions centers located in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.

“These Auto Plus associates, locations, and distribution centers will be great additions to our footprint. XL Parts/The Parts House has long been committed to delivering superior product choice and availability with consistently high standards of service,” said Mike Odell, President & CEO of Marubeni Automotive. “We look forward to providing growth opportunities for our associates, as well as sales growth opportunities for our customers and business partners.”

Sister companies with an integrated leadership team, XL Parts and The Parts House are wholesale warehouse distributors of premium automotive parts. They are owned by Marubeni Automotive Aftermarket Holdings (Marubeni Automotive), a subsidiary of Marubeni.

“Our objective is to be the most respected supplier to automotive service providers in every market where we operate,” stated Odell. “We look forward to further expanding our footprint and market share as we grow to the north from our roots in the South Central and Southeast U.S.” This acquisition expands Marubeni Automotive’s location count to 220, from Texas to Florida and north from Indiana to Virginia.

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Brembo to make debut as Official Braking Technology Partner at 24 Hours of Le Mans Centenary Edition

Brembo will debut as an official partner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, tailoring its advanced braking systems to meet the specific needs of each team, driver and vehicle.

Sixty-two cars will compete across four different classes in the race, which will take place over the weekend of June 10-11. 

“We are delighted to be Braking Technology Provider for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in its centenary year. Brembo has been associated with motorsport for almost 50 years and this iconic competition has always been the world’s most keenly followed automobile event,” says Daniele Schillaci, Brembo’s CEO. “Hypercars, prototypes and GT vehicles…we shall be equipping most of the cars in the competition, which is a laboratory for us. The race allows us to test and perfect new designs and solutions that can then be introduced in road vehicles.” 

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Bendix commemorates employees (pictured above)at 10th KPS Awards for outstanding contributions in safety, quality and productivity

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC held its 10th anniversary of the Knorr Production System (KPS) Awards Program in Avon, Ohio, celebrating the dedication and hard work of its North American employees. The award program recognized the remarkable contributions of individuals and teams from facilities located in Acuña, Mexico; Avon, Ohio; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Hanover, Pennsylvania; and Huntington, Indiana. A total of four teams and 15 individuals were honored for their commitment to continuous improvement throughout 2022.

Reflecting on the program’s decade-long journey, Bendix Vice President Eddie Wilkinson lauded the winners’ embodiment of the KPS spirit of operational excellence, saying, “These people lead the way – embodying the KPS spirit of operational excellence and helping to motivate everyone around them in our drive for continuous improvement.”

KPS award categories consisted of Safety STARS (Safety Top Achievement Recognition System), Environmental, Best Quick Kaizen, Most Quick Kaizens and KPS Outstanding Contributor. Award winners were:

•Safety STARS: Acuña Los Socios (25 members), Bowling Green Quality team (26 members), Hanover Plant 6 (22 members), Huntington Shipping Fast Break 2nd Shift (23 members)
•Environmental: Oscar Fuentes, Acuña; Scott Wagner, Avon; Chris Windhaus, Bowling Green; James Hartley, Huntington
•Best Quick Kaizen: Rafael Monjaras, Acuña; James Harrison, Bowling Green; George T. Small, Hanover; James Hartley, Huntington
•Most Quick Kaizens: Yolanda Flota, Acuña; Lisa Eldridge, Bowling Green; Amy Leppo, Hanover; Butch Bowers, Huntington
•KPS Outstanding Contributor: Maria Alvarez, Acuña; Brian Moon, Bowling Green; Scott O’Donnell, Hanover; Jay Edwards, Huntington

4M Parts Warehouse expands its footprint with acquisition of 10 Auto Plus Locations

4M Parts Warehouse has purchased 10 locations from Auto Plus, including nine retail stores and a distribution center, to be rebranded as Bumper to Bumper Parts Stores, boosting its total store count to 20. The acquired locations, which align well with 4M’s existing geographic footprint, comprise three stores and a distribution center in Dallas, other stores in Fort Worth, Wichita Falls, Vernon, and Lubbock, and 90 former AutoPlus employees. Following the acquisition, 4M will operate under the Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper brands.

Fenix Parts completes acquisition of Fox Auto Parts, expands presence in Midwest

Fenix Parts, a prominent automotive parts recycler and reseller, has finalized its acquisition of Fox Auto Parts in Belleville, Michigan, marking its biggest purchase since Stellex Capital Management LLC’s takeover in 2018. Fox Auto Parts provides comprehensive automotive recycling and repair services to the Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Northern Ohio regions. This acquisition, the fifth in the Midwest for Fenix Parts, increases its total locations to 23 full-service and 5 self-service centers.

Bill Stevens, CEO of Fenix Parts, said, “We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Fox and excited about the addition of its experienced and talented team to the Fenix family. This acquisition expands Fenix’s existing footprint in Michigan, adding both full and self-service operations, and adds significant production and distribution capacity. In aggregate, the Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Toledo areas’ population totals 5.4 million, providing significant demand for our parts. We will be servicing our customers from the Belleville and Sterling Heights locations.”

The company also announced that Bill Fox has been named Vice President of Purchasing and Bob Fox will take on the role of Midwest Regional Vice President of Fenix Parts.

The Pronto Network participates in Annual AACF Summer Charity Event

The Pronto Network has kicked off its second annual “Wear Your Shorts to Work” Summer Charity Campaign to benefit the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF). If an employee wears shorts to work from May 1st to Labor Day, the employee will contribute $10 towards the non-profit program. If the weather exceeds 100 degrees, the employee contribution is reduced for that day. At the end of the summer, Pronto Network will match all employee contributions. The Pronto Network staff started this project last year and donated $1,300 to the foundation.   

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