Auto Tire and Parts

Sunday, February 26, 2012
Auto Tire & Parts

Year established: 1909

Product or service offered: auto parts, heavy duty parts, tools & equipment, paint & body, machine shop

Number of employees: 300-plus

Location: 44 locations throughout the Heartland

Owners: John Tlapek, Bob Tlapek, Greg Stroup and Mike Himmelberg

Describe your business/occupation in exactly five words.: automotive parts and service company

What is your vision for your business and/or your industry in 2012?

Greg Stroup, owner: Our vision is to continue with our 103-year history as "The Heartland's No. 1 choice for auto parts." We recently added a new store in Pinckneyville, Ill., and are proud to continue our tradition of offering the best product quality, service excellence and commitment to hometown values to 44 communities.

Give us an example or two of an idea that came to fruition in the last couple of years, and how has that helped your consumers or clients?

GS: We saw a growing need in three areas that we have met for our customers: paint and body supplies, tools and equipment, and heavy-duty truck parts. These divisions have been developed at the request of our customers and are growing each day thanks to our customers' feedback and support.

What role does your business play in the betterment of the community?

GS: Our foundation is local, long-term employees taking care of local, long-term customers. We believe this commitment extends beyond our employees and customers to the communities Auto Tire and Parts NAPA serves.

What do you think is the community's biggest asset from a business perspective?

GS: The biggest asset for our business is the hardworking, dedicated people we are able to hire from our local communities. We are proud to have the most experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly employees in our business. This is the key to maintaining our long term relationships with our customers.

Tell us about one or two businesses, colleagues or organizations you work with in the community, and how you have helped one another.:

GS: We have a firm commitment to give back to the communities by supporting local schools, civic services such as fire and police departments, and some organized charities. We also support other impactful charities such as Big Brothers and St. Jude's Hospital.

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