WIX Filters Earns 2nd Straight Parts Depot Vendor of the Year for Best Field Representation Award

Monday, 20 November 2006

Parts Depot honored WIX Filters for the second year in a row as the 2006 Vendor of the Year for Best Field Representation at an awards banquet Nov. 10, held in conjunction with the annual Parts Depot Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.

“We accept this prestigious award on behalf of everyone from WIX Filters and Affinia,” said Bill Sheehan, vice president of sales, WIX Filters. “It’s always gratifying to win a vendor award that recognizes the value of a strong field force that works closely with the customer every day to help them sell more product and grow their business. At WIX, customer sales and service is a fundamental component of our success, and we are honored to be recognized by our partners at Parts Depot.”

Sheehan accepted the award with Jeff Blocher, WIX regional manager and the key WIX Filters account contact for Parts Depot, and the entire WIX Filters team that services the Parts Depot business, including regional managers Joel Osborne and Mike Mahoney, and district managers Mike Swinson, Dave York, Bob McNeish, Donn Berney, Mario Figueredo, Mike Merritt, Donna Curtis, Bob Raikes, Jim O’Hara and Richard Robinson.

“For the second year in a row WIX Filters’ field representation has been voted #1 by our employees and customers,” said Parts Depot President and Chief Executive Officer Willi Alexander, who presented the award along with Parts Depot Chairman Rollie Olson. “Wix continues to provide us with superior products and representation that allows us to be a market leader.”

The Parts Depot Vendor Partner Awards honor excellence in sales support, marketing and customer service. Parts Depot – a member of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance – is one of WIX Filters’ largest customers and sells WIX Filters from Pennsylvania to Florida.

Since 1939, WIX Filters has been an innovator in filtration products. WIX designs, manufactures and distributes products for automotive, diesel, agricultural, industrial and specialty filter markets. Its product line includes oil, air, cabin interior, fuel, coolant, transmission and hydraulic filters for automobiles, trucks and off-road equipment. WIX, a member of the Affinia family of brands, is the number one filter in NASCAR and an exclusive NASCAR Performance Product. Its NASCAR relationship also includes the WIX Filters Lap Leader Award, which recognizes the drivers leading the most laps in each race. WIX Filters’ Internet address is www.wixfilters.com.