Auto Value Strengthens Presence Along the Iron Range
APH recently completed the addition of two Iron Range locations to its network of Auto Value parts stores.
APH acquired the Mt. Iron Carquest store from Randy Peterson and his partners, Joe Vessel and Paul Kahtava. The newly acquired location will merge with APH’s existing Auto Value parts store in Virginia. The combined businesses will operate from the former Carquest building. Dan Richart will continue to manage the combined location.
To better meet the demand for aftermarket parts and supplies in the Quad Cities market, APH plans to expand the former Carquest building with additional warehouse space. The expanded backroom will enable Auto Value to add additional inventory for both foreign and domestic vehicles, PBE, heavy and medium-duty, as well as industrial applications.
Peterson and his partners’ Aurora store will remain independently-owned, but rebrand as Auto Value. The location, also a former Carquest, has been serving the community since 2011. Paul Kahtava, who was running the Mt. Iron Carquest store, will now manage the new Aurora Auto Value.
“We’re delighted to welcome these two thriving and well-respected businesses to the APH family,” said Corey Bartlett, president and CEO of APH. “Randy, Joe, Paul, and the Mt. Iron and Aurora teams have provided a high level of service to their customers for many years, and APH is excited to play a significant role in continuing that tradition.”