Record Number of Suppliers Take the AWDA Challenge

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Record Number of Suppliers Take the AWDA Challenge

Distributors and suppliers who participated in the most recent Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Business and Education Conference, and accepted the AWDA Challenge, together contributed more than $92,000 to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation.

These donations will be used to support the foundation’s mission of funding scholarships and educational initiatives that help develop a strong, knowledgeable aftermarket workforce.

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Automotive Distribution Network, Automotive Parts Services Group, Federated Auto Parts and National Pronto Association led the charge, contributing $25 for every one-on-one meeting held between their member distributors and vendor partners during the conference.

A record number of supplier partners participated in the AWDA Challenge, with 87 companies donating $25 for each meeting held during AWDA: A.I.T./TrakMotive, ACDelco, ADVICS North America, Airtex-ASC, Akebono, AMS Automotive, APC Automotive Technologies, Arnott Inc., Autologue Computer Systems, BBB Industries, Bosch, Bostech, Brake Parts Inc, CITGO Petroleum Corp., Cloyes Gear and Products, Continental Corporation, Continental Contitech, Dana Incorporated, Dash4 Brake Products, Dayco Products, Delphi Product & Service Solutions, Denso, DMS Systems Corp., Dorman Products, DST-A Solera Company, Dupli-Color/Krylon/VHT, East Penn Manufacturing, Elite EXTRA, ElringKlinger AG, EnerSys, Epicor Software, Exide Technologies, FCS Automotive, Federal-Mogul Motorparts, Fuse5 Automotive Software, Gates Corp., GB Remanufacturing, GCommerce, G.K. Industries Ltd., Global Parts Distributors, GMB North America, Grote Industries, Hastings Filters, IAP/DuraGo, Idemitsu Lubricants America, Interstate Batteries, Johnson Controls, KYB Americas Corp., Lisle Corp., Lumileds, MAHLE Aftermarket, Mann+Hummel, Mevotech, MotoRad of America, NewTek Automotive USA, NGK Spark Plugs, NTN Bearing Corp. of America, OptiCat, OSC Automotive Products, The Penray Companies, Peterson Manufacturing, Plews & Edelmann, Powerstop, Premium Guard, Recochem, Schaeffler Group USA, Schrader Performance Sensors, SKF USA, Spectra Premium Industries, Standard Motor Products, Stant Corp., Sunsong North America, Tenneco, The Timken Co., TRICO Group, TYC/Genera Corp., UAC, UCX Calipers/Undercar Express, Unity Automotive, Uquality Automotive Products, Valeo Service, Valvoline, Warren Distribution, WD-40 Co., Winhere Brake Parts and ZF Aftermarket.

“We thank all those who took part in the AWDA Challenge for demonstrating their commitment to strengthening our industry through scholarships and educational initiatives,” says John Washbish, MAAP, senior vice chairman, University of the Aftermarket Foundation. “Their support of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation is greatly appreciated and we look forward to even greater participation this year.”

To learn about supporting the mission of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation or to make a donation, visit

Since 1986, the University of the Aftermarket Foundation has funded millions of dollars of scholarships, grants, research and ongoing educational programs to help develop a strong, knowledgeable aftermarket work force. The foundation encourages industry support, including donations for the purpose of honoring or memorializing individuals or otherwise recognizing special events, to help ensure the continued availability of training and education that strengthen the industry. The University of the Aftermarket Foundation is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. For more information, visit

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