KYB Americas Corporation was honored by Federated Auto Parts as the 2011 Co-Man Vendor of the Year during the group’s national meeting in Phoenix, AZ. The award is presented each year to the vendor who has shown outstanding dedication and support to the Federated co-man operation and programs.
“KYB is one of the oldest co-man suppliers in the program and, year after year, experiences solid growth, so it is with great pleasure that we recognize KYB with the Federated Co-Man Vendor of the Year award,” said Rusty Bishop, CEO of Federated Auto Parts. “We have seen rapid growth of our co-man warehouse over the past several years and appreciate the hard work of our all our vendors who provide outstanding support of the Federated Co-Man program.”
The Federated Co-Man program began in 1999 when Federated members decided to open a jointly-owned warehouse. The operation opened in 2000 with 20,000 sq.ft. of warehouse space and has seen volume grow double digits each year since its inception, expanding numerous times over the years to meet the rapidly growing demand of members. Federated members have internet access to the Co-Man warehouse to check inventory, place orders, download descriptions, images, attributes and bar code information as well as receive monthly updates with new part numbers and price changes.
The Co-Man program is owned completely by the Federated membership with management decisions and direction made by a council of 12 members who serve on a rotating basis. The Co-Man council is currently led by David Wesselman, president of longtime Federated member KOI Warehouse.