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SMP named Federated Auto Part's outstanding vendor

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(Federated Auto Parts photo) Showing off their Outstanding Vendor of the Year Award are (left to right) the SMP team of Leon De Long; Phil Hutchens; Ken Wendling; Federated CEO Rusty Bishop; Eric Sills; Joe Donaggio; and Bill Collins.

STAUNTON, Va. (May 7, 2014) — For the third year in a row Federated Auto Parts members selected Standard Motor Products (SMP) as Federated’s Outstanding Vendor of the Year.

The vendor award was presented to SMP by Federated CEO Rusty Bishop during the group’s national meeting and annual awards dinner in Phoenix. Accepting the award on behalf of SMP were Bill Collins, Leon De Long, Joe Donaggio, Phil Hutchens, Eric Sills and Ken Wendling.

“It is a great accomplishment to be chosen as the Federated Outstanding Vendor of the Year, and it’s even more impressive to be honored with this top award three years in a row,” Mr. Bishop said. “SMP received the most votes from Federated members again this year, and we want to extend our sincere gratitude for their continued commitment to excellence.”

In addition, Federated presented its Outstanding Supplier Support Awards to those suppliers deemed exceptional in five key categories: Hastings, Order Fill Vendor of the Year; East Penn Manufacturing Co., Education and Training Vendor of the Year; Dorman Products Inc., Marketing Vendor of the Year; Federal-Mogul Corp., Sales Representation Vendor of the Year; and Cardone Industries, Electronic Cataloging Vendor of the Year.

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Titan International and the United Steelworkers union have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka. What’s your opinion?

I wholeheartedly support their action – something needs to be done.
46%
(36 votes)
I think it’s a bad idea that could inevitably tie the hands of domestic tire makers.
13%
(10 votes)
I oppose any duties against tire importers—they only raise costs for distributors and make it harder to obtain inventory.
24%
(19 votes)
I’m kind of on the fence and not sure what’s right, but need more information before deciding.
14%
(11 votes)
I don’t really care whether or not relief is granted.
3%
(2 votes)
Total votes: 78