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Arnold Motor Supply Names Johnson President

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Eric Johnson has been promoted to managing partner and president of The Merrill Co. and Arnold Motor Supply.

Eric Johnson has been promoted to managing partner and president of The Merrill Co. and Arnold Motor Supply, a Midwest-based automotive parts chain, following the retirement of former managing partner Dennis Spooner at the end of 2020.  

The company notes Johnson has a myriad of  training and skills that have brought him to this position, not the least of which is the fact that he literally wrote the book on Arnold Motor Supply.  

Twelve years ago, Johnson joined The Merrill  Co. to head up its IT department. In 2018, the senior partners unanimously voted to name Johnson, then vice president of information systems, as the next managing partner/president. 

In 2013 he authored a book about the  company, “You Build a Business with People.”

Johnson has earned the Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) designation from Northwood  University. He is active in the community and the aftermarket industry, having served as chair of the IT  committee for the Automotive Aftermarket Alliance (Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper). 

Arnold Motor Supply is a member of the Auto Value network of independent distributors, auto parts  stores and professional service repair shops located throughout the world.  

The Arnold Group of Companies includes Arnold Motor Supply, Auto Value, Industrial Paint  Solutions, Auto Refinish Solutions, Midwest Cylinder Head and Machine, Specialty Sales of Omaha,  and The Merrill Company. 

The Arnold Group is a supplier of replacement  parts, accessories and supplies for all makes of automobiles, light- to heavy-duty trucks, off-road equipment, marine and agricultural equipment. The Arnold Group of Companies also  distributes quality tools, equipment, paint and body supplies, and collision parts available in the auto care industry. 

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