WIX® Filters Wins 4th Consecutive Supplier Of The Year Award From Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance

Friday, 12 December 2008

Filter company honored to receive five customer service awards from the Alliance

WIX Filters received an unprecedented fourth consecutive Supplier of the Year Award from Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance during the Alliance’s annual banquet in Boca Raton, Fla., on Dec. 9, and was honored with four additional awards for customer service during the ceremony.

The 2008 Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Supplier of the Year Award recognizes WIX Filters as the overall outstanding major vendor and as a valued and appreciated partner in the success of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, one of the largest auto parts distribution and marketing organizations in the world.

“We are thrilled to receive the Alliance’s most prestigious award for customer service and sales support efforts for the fourth straight year,” said Bill Sheehan, vice president of sales at WIX Filters, who accepted the award on behalf of WIX. “It’s a testament to the essential contributions from every person at WIX that we can provide our customers year-after-year with the best filtration products on the market, industry leading fill rates, innovative marketing, and world-class customer and sales support.”

WIX was also honored by the Alliance with four other awards: Bronze Outstanding Shipping Performance Award for 95% Fill Rate– WIX Filters; Bronze Outstanding Shipping Performance Award for 95% Fill Rate - Parts Master Filters made by WIX; Outstanding Private Label Vendor - Parts Master Filters made by WIX; and Outstanding Manpower Support - WIX Filters.
The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Awards, voted on by shareholders of the Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper brands, honor excellence in sales support, fill rate, marketing and customer service.

“It’s a privilege to honor our best partners in the industry every year, and WIX Filters, through their commitment to exceptional customer service and business growth, is certainly one of the best,” said Richard Morgan, president and chief executive officer of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, who presented the award. “For four straight years WIX has earned this Supplier of the Year Award from our shareholders as a testament to their excellent support for the growth of our members’ businesses.”

Joining Sheehan onstage from the Affinia Group to receive the award for outstanding performance from Morgan and Fletcher Lord, chairman of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Board of Directors, were: Terry McCormack, president and chief executive officer, and Keith Wilson, president of Global Filtration.

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. For more information, visit www.wixfilters.com.

Affinia Group Inc. is a global leader in the on- and off-highway replacement products and service industry. In North America the Affinia family of brands includes WIX® filters, Raybestos®, AIMCO® and BrakePro® brake products, and McQuay-Norris® and Spicer® chassis parts. South American and European brands include Nakata®, Filtron®, Urba® and Quinton Hazell®. For more information, visit www.affiniagroup.com.

Wray Ward