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O.K. Auto Parts

In 1998, APH acquired the O.K. Auto Parts distribution center located in Duluth and all 14 of the O.K. Auto Parts stores it serviced.

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O.K. Auto Parts History

During the 1930s, Chet Peterson opened the first O.K. Auto Parts store in Ironwood, Michigan. Through the next 50 years, Peterson and his son-in-law, Tom Lundin, created a network of 13 O.K. Auto Parts stores located across the northern tier of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

O.K. Auto Parts stores were known throughout the region for offering quality parts, tools, supplies, accessories and paint. Many of the stores were equipped with machine shops capable of handling everything from piecework to a complete engine rebuild. Custom hydraulic hose service was also offered to industry, fleets, contractors, loggers and others.

In 1984, Republic Automotive Parts Inc. purchased the O.K. Auto Parts Stores and distribution center from Lundin. Republic then purchase independently owned Eagle River Auto Parts in 1987; bringing the total number of O.K. Auto Parts Stores to 14.

Republic aligned the O.K stores with the All Pro Parts Stores marketing program in 1993 to better compete with mass merchandisers, chain stores and other participants in the aftermarket. All Pro was a part of the All Pro/Bumper to Bumper Inc. program distribution group, formed in 1992.

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