National Automotive Parts Association

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National Automotive Parts Association
Industry Retail
Founded 1925
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Number of locations
Key people

Thomas Gallagher (CEO)

Dan Askey (President)
Products Replacement automotive parts & accessories
Parent Genuine Parts Company
NAPA retail store in a suburb of Portland, Oregon
NAPA Detroit Distribution Center, Romulus, Michigan

The National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) was founded in 1925 by Alten Frank Baxter,[1][better source needed] owner and president, Unit Parts Corporation, Buffalo, New York, and two associates. It was created as a professional association of businesses, which together formed what, at that time, was a very new industry called the automotive after-market. NAPA's first meeting was held In Detroit, Michigan, and its mission was to serve as a means of networking among businesses in the automotive after-market and to support their efforts to supply the automotive industry and the retail market with myriad auto parts. Mr. Baxter was its President in 1936 and served on its Board of Directors until his retirement, at which time he sold Unit Parts Corp. to Genuine Parts Company. Genuine Parts is responsible for developing NAPA into an automotive replacement parts and accessories retailer in the United States' to meet the growing need for an auto parts distribution system. It is a retailers' cooperative that distributes parts to both corporate and independently owned auto parts stores.

Genuine Parts Company (NYSEGPC) (founded 1928) operates NAPA's 62 distribution centers.[2] NAPA has 6,000 stores, 14,000 affiliated NAPA AutoCare repair facilities, and over 400,000 parts in inventory every day. NAPA supplies replacement parts, specialty parts and equipment for the automotive repair, collision, heavy-duty truck, and industrial markets. It serves automotive consumers in Canada through the UAP (United Auto Parts) division of Genuine Parts and NAPA Autopro repair facilities in Canada, Mexico and other locations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. In April 2013, NAPA acquired Exego Group, a leading automotive parts and accessories distributor for Australasia.[3] The company sells automotive accessories and parts to consumers under the Repco name.

NAPA is an official sponsor of NASCAR. The company sponsored the #56 Toyota Camry driven in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series by Martin Truex, Jr. for Michael Waltrip Racing up to 2013, and also sponsored Michael Waltrip from 2001 until 2009 when he drove for Dale Earnhardt, Inc., Bill Davis Racing, and his own team. All four of Waltrip's wins were with NAPA as his sponsor, including the 2001 and 2003 Daytona 500s. NAPA also sponsors Truex's brother Ryan in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and was the sponsor for multi-time champion driver Kelly Moore in the same series. NAPA dropped its sponsorship of MWR after a major scandal during the 2013 Federated Auto Parts 400.[4] In 2014, NAPA began sponsoring JR Motorsports' Chase Elliott in the Nationwide Series.[5]

NAPA also sponsors the Schumacher Racing Dodge Charger Funny Car driven by Ron Capps in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. NAPA is also a sponsor of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons and the Mexico national football team.

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  1. ^ Obituary, Buffalo Evening News, Buffalo, NY, July 15, 1971
  2. ^ "Genuine Parts Company Company Information". Hoover's Inc. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Melodie, Warner; Gillian Tan (March 13, 2013). "Genuine Parts Revs Up With $800 Million Exego Deal". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Fryer, Jenna (2013-09-19). "Napa dropping Waltrip after Richmond scandal". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  5. ^ Ryan, Nate (2014-01-06). "NAPA will back Chase Elliott at JR Motorsports". USA Today. Retrieved 2014-01-06.