On May 11, ACDelco celebrated 100 years in the automotive business. Through the years it has been a dominant aftermarket parts supplier, and it all started a century ago when GM founder William Durant put together a “dream team” of premium automotive brands into a new company called United Motors Corporation – the forerunner of ACDelco – to provide a single source for service and replacement parts to the growing number of car buyers.
“No business achieves this kind of a milestone by itself, and we’re grateful for the support of our parts customers and employees who’ve helped make ACDelco what it is today,” said Robert Sanford, general director of ACDelco. “We’re honored that so many insist on using ACDelco parts, and we’re looking forward to another 100 years of aftermarket leadership.”
Since its birth in Flint, Michigan, ACDelco – the true GM Original Equipment aftermarket parts brand – has evolved into a global force in the automotive aftermarket. Its catalog of more than 90,000 parts across 37 lines undergoes rigorous testing and validation cycles to ensure quality, fit, form and function.
Along with its premium parts, the company was among the first aftermarket providers to focus on the importance of training technicians on proper installation techniques. In the 1970s, and earlier iteration of ACDelco, United Motors Service, offered its first course in automotive air conditioning repair in the 1970s, at each of its 30 GM Training Centers across the U.S.
So how’s it celebrating? ACDelco has put together three features in order to mark the special occasion. One such feature is called “100 Years, 100 Futures,” and with it the company will partner up with the GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) distribute 100 scholarships to students pursuing careers as automotive technicians. Starting this month, five scholarship recipients will be announced weekly through GM ASEP and ACDelco social media channels, emails and newsletters.
There’s also the ACDelco Day of Service – during the week May 11 to 17 the company will team up with the GM Foundation, local chapters of Safe Kids Worldwide and its PCS program shops to help families in need repair their vehicles, and we think this is totally awesome.
From today through July 30, ACDelco is accepting nominations for its Top Shops contest, which will reward members of ACDelco’s Professional Service Center (PSC) program who practice the best service, customer care and community engagement. The five Grand Prize winners and their guests will win a trip to Las Vegas and receive special recognition by ACDelco at the Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) show, Oct. 31 through Nov. 3. Visit acdelcopsctopshops.com for more information and nomination requirements.
If you’d like to know more about ACDelco’s history and plans for the next 100 years, visit ACDelco.com/100years.