Katz, Hastings Mfg. Earn EPWI Awards

Aug 17, 2012

Engine & Performance Warehouse (EPWI) named its 2011 Vendor and Representative of the Year recipients during the WD’s annual summer conference in Colorado.

Hastings Mfg. Co. was singled out as Vendor of the Year, and Mike Katz of Bob Cook Sales was honored as EPWI’s 2011 Representative of the Year.

Bob Kollar, CEO, and Tom DeBlasis, vice president of domestic aftermarket sales, accepted the award for Hastings, a supplier of replacement and racing piston rings, according to a press release.

The award is presented to vendors who perform well in the areas of distribution/sales policies, pricing policies, inventory, returns, labor claims, office support and shipping/packaging, according to EPWI.

Past recipients include S.A. Gear, Total Seal, Pioneer, B&P Rods, COMP Cams, Cylinder Head Center, Clevite Engine Parts, Dura-Bond Bearing Co., Damper Doctor, Melling Engine Parts, Joe Gibbs Racing, Howard Enterprises and SB International.

Meanwhile, as rep of the year, Katz covers southern Texas and Louisiana, and represents many of EPWI’s larger performance manufacturers, the release noted.

The Rep of the Year is selected annually, on a rotating basis by region, using combined votes based on performance scores during the prior year in three categories: sales support, distribution philosophies, and timely and accurate follow-through.

Engine & Performance Warehouse is a full-service warehouse distributor specializing in engine kits and parts, high-performance parts, related components and shop supplies.