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Genuine Parts Company acquires largest U.S. NAPA independent store

Founded in 1938, Motor Parts & Equipment Corporation is based in Rockford, Ill., and has grown to 181 locations in the Midwest

Rockford, Ill.—Genuine Parts Company announced on Wednesday an acquisition for its U.S. Automotive business. Effective April 30, the company acquired Motor Parts & Equipment Corporation (MPEC).

MPEC, founded in 1938, is based in Rockford, Ill., and has grown since 1989. It is the largest independent owner of NAPA Auto Parts stores in the U.S., operating 181 locations across Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“We are pleased to announce the completion of this strategic acquisition, which aligns with our initiative to own more NAPA stores in priority markets,” said Will Stengel, President and CEO-elect of GPC. “We appreciate our long-standing partnership with MPEC’s Executive Chairman, Joseph Hansberry, and welcome our new MPEC teammates to GPC and NAPA. We are excited to work together to deliver solutions and value to our customers.”

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