(L to R): The SMP team with Federated CEO Rusty Bishop: Leon De Long, Phil Hutchens, Ken Wendling, Bishop, Eric Sills, Joe Donaggio and Bill Collins.
Federated Auto Parts announced that for the third consecutive year, Standard Motor Products (SMP) has been selected by its membership as Outstanding Vendor of the Year.
The company says its most prestigious Federated vendor award was presented to SMP by Rusty Bishop, CEO of Federated Auto Parts, during the group's national meeting and annual awards dinner in Phoenix, Ariz. Accepting the award on behalf of SMP were Bill Collins, Leon De Long, Joe Donaggio, Phil Hutchens, Eric Sills and Ken Wendling.
"It is a great accomplishment to be chosen as the Federated Outstanding Vendor of the Year and it's even more impressive to be honored with this top award three years in a row," said Bishop. "SMP received the most votes from Federated members again this year and we want to extend our sincere gratitude for their continued commitment to excellence."
In addition to the Outstanding Vendor of the Year award, Federated presented its Outstanding Supplier Support Awards to those suppliers deemed exceptional in five key categories:
Marketing Vendor of the Year – Dorman Products; Sales Representation Vendor of the Year – Federal-Mogul Corp.; and Electronic Cataloging Vendor of the Year – Cardone Industries Inc. Order Fill Vendor of the Year – Hastings; Education and Training Vendor of the Year – East Penn;
"These five categories are particularly important to our membership and essential to the overall success of Federated," continued Bishop. "We salute these valued supplier partners for leading the way in each of these vital categories."