Automotive Parts Headquarters Inc. (APH), a family-owned aftermarket auto parts distributor and store group, is expanding into the heavy-duty market with the creation of its new commercial vehicle division and a partnership with HDA Truck Pride.

The division is part of APH’s growth strategy and a response to the increasing demand for aftermarket parts in the commercial vehicle marketplace.

To support the new division, APH expanded its distribution center operations and hosted a two-day technical training seminar for its employees.

To position the new commercial division at the forefront of the heavy-duty industry, APH formed a partnership with HDA Truck Pride, North America’s largest independent provider of parts and services to the commercial vehicle aftermarket. The marketing group will assist APH with training, product support and marketing programs.

“APH has been successful because of their focus on both their customers’ needs and the needs of their employees,” states Don Reimondo, president and CEO of HDA Truck Pride. “APH’s investment in training, information technology and employee development are second to none and mirrors the vision of HDA Truck Pride and our strategic direction.”

Team members from across 40 markets attended a two-day hands-on commercial vehicle training seminar at APH’s training center. Facilitated by ten trainers, from the industry’s leading manufacturers, attendees spent the majority of their time entrenched in product information, navigating catalogs and websites, as well as enhancing their technical systems knowledge.

“After months of preparation, it’s exciting to see everything come together with the overall goal of providing our commercial vehicle customers the same high level of service we provide to our existing customer base,” said Phil Bahl, Commercial Vehicle Manager at APH.