Stephen Krieger, President of Barton Auto Parts in Hamilton (at left), greets family, friends and customers at the company’s annual trade show, held this year at the Ancaster Fairgrounds.
Stephen Krieger, president of Hamilton, Ont.-based Barton Auto Parts, calls the last 65 years an “incredible journey” for the company which is preparing for its fourth generation of leadership.
Barton Auto Parts was founded in 1953 by Stephen’s grandfather Thomas, and was run for many years by his uncle and his father Morton. Now Stephen is preparing to hand over the reins to his son, Zak.
“We’ve always had a mission,” he says. “We’re the company built on service!”
The company, which has four locations in the Hamilton area under the NAPA brand, held its annual trade show this week at the Ancaster Fairgrounds. Hundreds of tradespeople showed up for the food, prizes, and business deals.
“We’ve always providing added value and solutions to our clients,” Stephen Krieger says. “NAPA has strengthened our mission and goals with the incredible installer programs, from Autopro to Auto Care to Autotech Training for technicians, to business management training for owners and service advisors, to online ordering through ProLink.”
He says Barton Auto Parts (BAP) is now gearing up for the next generation of leadership.
Zak Krieger, director of business operations at Barton Auto Parts (seen here at right), says the annual trade show is a highlight for the company, now in its 65th year.
“Zak has molded and reshaped the structure and operations of the business for the next generation. He has put new systems and processes in place. He has taken all the NAPA best business practices and carried them into BAP.”
Zak, who is now director of business operations for the company, said the annual trade show is always a great time to see friends and do business.
“It’s always a great night,” he said. “We always look forward to it.”