STAUNTON, Va. (Dec. 11, 2014) — Federated Auto Parts and automotive program distribution group National Pronto Association are merging their efforts and resources.
The merger, according to Federated and Pronto, will focus on “being ‘best in class' in providing overall value and support within the auto care industry.” The newly formed organization will be known as “Automotive Parts Services Group” or simply “The Group.”
Bill Maggs, CEO of Grapevine, Texas-based Pronto, said the “association is based on the desire to continually improve services and value for the entire set of Pronto and Federated suppliers, members and customers throughout the aftermarket.”
“We believe it provides increased value for our constituents and a foundation for continued success in serving the industry,” said Rusty Bishop, CEO of Staunton-based Federated. “Both Pronto and Federated headquarters will remain in place and continue to support their respective members' needs and marketing programs while progressing to shared resources in all areas that offer efficiencies and improvement opportunities to remain competitive in a changing market.”