The Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) Board of Governors and the HDDA: Heavy Duty (HDDA) Advisory Council have merged.
Additionally, the board of AWDA made the decision to rename the 73-year-old association. Going forward, AWDA will now be known as the “Aftermarket Warehouse Distributors Association.”
“Many, if not most, distributors serving the motor vehicle aftermarket offer products that are used to service light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles,” said Mauro Cifello, chairman of AWDA. “This name change brings AWDA into alignment with that reality.”
“Although distributors compete in a free and open marketplace, the challenges they jointly face demanded that all aftermarket distributors and their great suppliers work together to present a unified voice to counter the well-established threats that we face from vehicle manufacturers, overzealous government regulators, massive online parts sellers and other forces yet unseen,” said Bill Hanvey, CEO and president of the Auto Care Association.
As a unified community under the Auto Care Association umbrella, the new AWDA can take advantage of marketplace opportunities and resources that will present themselves in the future, such as data and technology tools, advocacy efforts, critical market intelligence, education and networking resources and more.
“Together, all our distributor members will learn from each other, jointly support common causes and will open lines of communication that heretofore may never have existed. The future for the AWDA community and our heavy duty members is very bright indeed!” said Cliff Hovis, chairman of the HDDA Advisory Council.