KENOSHA, Wis.—Undercar equipment developer and manufacturer John Bean Co. has sealed a deal that will bring its alignment gear into NAPA Autocare repair facilities across the U.S.
As part of its Alignment Equipment Program, Kenosha-based John Bean said it will offer to NAPA (National Automotive Parts Association) "seamless support" that includes product manufacturing, installation and training.
Additionally, EquiServ, a John Bean sister business, will provide on-site repair and maintenance service to NAPA, which operates 9,900 AutoCare repair sites nationwide.
Equipment involved in the program includes Bean's vehicle aligners—such as its V3D Aligner with advanced imaging technology—alignment lifts and accessories.
The agreement marks a first for NAPA, according to a company spokesman. "Traditionally, we have not sold alignment equipment through our system. This program represents an entirely new product category for our stores."
Furthermore, the spokesman continued, the deal "gives us a relationship with a nationally recognized, respected company and an extensive support network, which are critical to the program's success."
The program extends NAPA's involvement with John Bean, which has been the primary supplier of aligners to UAP-NAPA in Canada for more than 15 years.
In addition to its nearly 10,000 AutoCare repair shops, NAPA also has more than 6,000 auto parts stores that distribute parts and accessories to jobbers and warehouse distributors and supply specialty parts and equipment for the collision repair, heavy-duty truck and industrial markets.
John Bean has been a subsidiary of Snap-on Inc. since 1996, when it was acquired by the tool manufacturer.