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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