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Arnold Motor Supply merges with Barron

Barron Motor Supply is a multi-generational company with a network of 12 eastern Iowa locations, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Spencer, Iowa—Arnold Motor Supply and Barron Motor Supply have announced their merger, both companies marking nearly a century serving customers in the automotive aftermarket industry.

Established in 1930 by William J. Barron Sr., Barron Motor Supply is a multi-generational company with a network of 12 eastern Iowa locations. The company is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and it is currently under the management of third-generation leader John Barron, president.

“Our 94 year family history in the automotive aftermarket is a testament to the great employees and customers we’ve had the privilege of working with. We could not have picked a more similar company and better people to pass the legacy to, to respect our history, employees, and customers. We wish them only the best and know they will serve our customers with the same respect and connection we’ve known through all these years,” said Barron.

Arnold Motor Supply, founded in 1927 by E.P. Arnold, grew from one location in Spencer, Iowa, to nearly 70 across 5 states in the Midwest.

“Companies that last a century are rare, so the opportunity for two of them to join forces is a special opportunity. From the first conversation we had with John Barron we were both impressed at the similarities between two Iowa companies founded within three years of each other nearly a century ago who go about doing business the right way, by prioritizing the customer,” said Eric Johnson, President of Arnold Motor Supply. “By combining our strengths and resources we will be able to provide excellent opportunities for team members and expanded services for the Eastern Iowa market.”

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