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Advance Auto Parts Names GRI Engineering & Development as 2016 Vendor of the Year

Leading parts provider recognizes five partners with awards during annual vendor summit

ROANOKE, Va., August 23, 2016 – Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, presented its 2016 Vendor of the Year awards during the company’s annual vendor summit held this week. Advance honored five companies, including GRI Engineering & Development, LLC, which received the prestigious recognition as Advance’s 2016 Vendor of the Year. Additional vendor partner awards included:

  • Commercial Excellence Vendor of the Year – CARDONE Industries
  • DIY Excellence Vendor of the Year – Valvoline
  • Superior Availability Vendor of the Year – Dorman Products, Inc.
  • Supply Chain Reliability Vendor of the Year – TRICO Products

2016 Vendor of the Year GRI Engineering & Development provides Advance with quality parts and solutions for its line of brake pads and brake products, and was also selected for delivering exemplary customer support, and providing industry-leading testing and product management. The Vendor of the Year Award was presented to Steve Wang, founder and CEO of MAT Holdings, Inc., at an annual awards dinner, which opened the 2016 Advance Auto Parts vendor summit.

“The five partners honored with our Vendor of the Year awards make possible Advance’s commitment to get the right part at the right time to every customer,” said Charles Tyson, Executive Vice President, Merchandising, Marketing & Replenishment for Advance Auto Parts. “The quality products and services provided by each of these organizations make them industry leaders and integral business partners for Advance.”

GRI has partnered with Advance on brake products for more than a decade, and has received the Commercial Excellence award in previous years. The 2016 Commercial Excellence Vendor of the Year, CARDONE, was recognized for innovative category management, excellent field team support and delivering quality products that commercial customers trust.

Valvoline received the DIY Excellence Vendor of the Year award for advancing motor oil strategy through analytics, while Dorman was honored as the Superior Availability Vendor of the Year for first-to-market successes and expanded coverage offerings to benefit customers across the country. This is the second year in a row that Dorman has received the Superior Availability Vendor of the Year award from Advance.

TRICO Products Corporation, a global leader in wiper blade technology, received the Supply Chain Reliability Vendor of the Year award for its superior planning and management of weather-dependent product availability.

For more information about quality parts and services available from Advance, visit AdvanceAutoParts.com.

About Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of July 16, 2016, Advance operated 5,066 stores and 126 Worldpac branches and served approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 74,000 Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company's website at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.