When NTP Distribution was founded in 1961 to provide parts and accessories to RV dealers in the Pacific Northwest, the company employed five people — who delivered parts in an old station wagon. Five decades later, the Wilsonville, Ore.-based company employs more than 200, and deliveries are made using a fleet of trucks dispatched from five distribution centers throughout the U.S.
But while a lot has changed, the company still adheres to its commitment to building long-lasting relationships with its dealers and vendors — and will be celebrating both at its Legendary 50th Anniversary and Dealer Conference, Feb. 20-24 at the convention center in San Diego.
“Response to the conference from our dealers and vendors has been phenomenal,” said Marni Drew, marketing manager for NTP. “We’re still in the planning stage, and are excited to have Keystone Automotive at our show. We expect it to be our biggest show yet — in fact, we anticipate having to turn people away.”
According to Drew, the reason for the increased enthusiasm for this show is twofold.
“We saw a ton of interest initially as people realized it was our 50th anniversary conference, but now we’re seeing a lot of excitement being generated by our recent partnership with Keystone.”
NTP Distribution announced it was being acquired by Keystone Autmotive Operations Inc. on Oct. 20. Under the agreement, Keystone intends to roll its current RV division into NTP, which will then assume the distribution of RV parts and accessories for both NTP and Keystone customers. According to a release, Keystone will be the parent company, with Ed Orzetti, president and CEO at Keystone, at the helm of the combined organization and Greg Boyd continuing as president of NTP. NTP Distribution’s senior management team also remained unchanged.
“The only changes have been positive,” Drew said of the acquisition. “We recently rolled out next-day fleet service in Arizona, and eventually plan similar rollouts across the country. The partnership allows us to enhance our customer service to an even greater degree.”
The 2012 conference starts each day’s activities with a breakfast at the convention center, followed by vendor workshops and the parts and accessories show. Motivational sales and training speaker Garrison Wynn delivers the keynote address Tuesday, and the conference includes a 50th Anniversary Lunch and Dealer Awards on Thursday.
As part of the celebration, NTP will be hosting a dinner Wednesday night aboard the legendary USS Midway, an aircraft carrier that served its country in both the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm.
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NTP Distribution Inc. announced that, as part of its recent integration with Keystone Automotive Operations, the company will provide next-day delivery using Keystone’s company-owned fleet to service RV customers in the Phoenix metro area beginning Oct. 31.
Exeter, Pa.-based Keystone Automotive, a retailer and wholesale distributor of aftermarket automotive accessories and equipment in the U.S., Canada and overseas, acquired NTP on Oct. 20. NTP, based in Wilsonville, Ore., is a national provider of aftermarket products, parts and accessories for dealers in the recreational vehicle and hitch and tow industries.
According to a press release, for NTP customers receiving this service, the deliveries will now be made next day, four business days per week. This enhanced service also enables these customers to have an extra hour to place orders and receive next-day delivery. The cut-off time has been extended from 5-6 p.m. Pacific time.
“This is the first of many positive changes to come from our new partnership with Keystone Automotive,” said Greg Boyd, president of NTP. “I look forward to providing even more value and service for NTP’s customers through this new opportunity.”
Over the coming weeks and months, NTP and Keystone plan to announce expanded service offerings in this and other geographic areas. Mark Jenson, NTP’s vice president of sales and marketing stated, “While this initial enhanced service offering won’t reach all our customers in the Phoenix area, we’ll be diligently working to expand the service area there in the near future.”
NTP Distribution, Inc. and Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. today (Oct. 20) announced a definitive agreement through which Wilsonville, Ore.-based NTP, a national distributor of aftermarket parts and accessories for dealers in the RV, hitch and tow industries, will be acquired by Keystone Automotive, according to an NTP release.
NTP, founded in 1962 by Wallace J. Lewis as Northwest Trailer Parts, currently has 200 employees and five distribution centers across the U.S.
Exeter, Pa.-based Keystone and its affiliates are retailers and wholesale distributors of aftermarket automotive accessories and equipment in the U.S., Canada and overseas. Operating a fleet of more than 300 delivery trucks, Keystone distributes specialty automotive accessories and high-performance products to a fragmented base of approximately 15,000 customers.
Under the agreement, the release stated, Keystone’s current RV Division will roll into NTP’s, which will then assume the distribution of RV parts and accessories for both NTP and Keystone customers. Keystone will serve as the parent company, while NTP will “continue to service the RV industry under the same name with the same commitment to customers and service.”
Keystone President and CEO Ed Orzetti will lead the combined organization. Greg Boyd will continue to serve as president of NTP, reporting to Orzetti and serving as a member of Keystone’s senior leadership team. NTP Distribution’s senior management team will all continue in their current functions, reporting to Boyd.
“The sale is a positive outcome in our continuing efforts to seek new strategies, new regional markets and additional capital in order to better serve our customers and to stay competitive in our market,” said Boyd, adding that he looks forward to continuing to lead NTP to “new opportunities and successes” as a part of Keystone.
“This acquisition rapidly expands our growing customer base and our product portfolio in the RV industry,” added Orzetti.
NTP will be seeking to grow its business and geographic reach, not cut back, the NTP release reported, noting that “each of NTP’s employees has RV market expertise that will be needed to provide stability during the transition and support growth in the coming months.”
The release stressed that customers should also see little immediate impact in their dealings with either company, and that all existing contacts will remain in place until further communicated.
“We believe this transition will benefit our customers, suppliers, and the RV industry,” said Mark Jenson, vice president of sales and marketing for NTP. “The integration of Keystone and NTP will enable us to support even more efficient and effective aftermarket operations.”