2 aftermarket buying groups join forces

Dec 13, 2011

American Aftermarket Group and Restylers International announced their alliance, which brings together two industry supplier-direct buying groups serving nearly 700 independent accessory locations across North America.

“This alliance will allow us to bring additional factory-direct savings to all of the alliance members on a wider array of products,” said Todd W. Roberson, president of AAG. “We look forward to working with all the RI members.”

Tim Thomerson, RI national sales manager, added, “This is a win-win situation for all the alliance members and suppliers. As the aftermarket environment continues to change, this will bring added valued to all AAG/RI Alliance members.”

In addition to providing its members a means to order factory-direct products from multiple suppliers across all categories, through a combination of online resources, in-person meetings and annual conventions, the newly allied group aims to provide current product and pricing information, and communication tools.

American Aftermarket Group, based in Strasburg, Ohio, was formed three years ago with a manufacturer-direct purchasing system focusing on the truck-accessory industry.  Restylers International, of Fargo, N.D., began in July 2009 with the merger of Auto Trim Dealers Group andAuto Trim International, both of which had originally been part of Auto Trim Design in the 1990s.