The Independent Auto Parts of America (IAPA) automotive aftermarket distribution group has named Federal-Mogul Corporation as its Manufacturer of the Year for 2002. The IAPA consists of 14 independently owned auto parts distribution companies and more than 100 warehouse outlets in the United States and Canada. “We give the ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ award to the vendor that makes an extraordinary effort to help our members grow their business,” said Mike Kamal, president, IAPA. “For 2002, Federal-Mogul exceeded our expectations in all the areas that are important to our relationship.” Rick Summerville, Federal-Mogul’s national program group sales manager responsible for IAPA was among those accepting the award at IAPA’s national membership meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida. “This is a major accomplishment for Federal-Mogul,” Summerville said. “We are proud to be recognized for providing leading support and service to these warehouses, so our customers can be successful.” IAPA distributes all of Federal-Mogul’s industry-leading brands including Champion spark plugs, Moog chassis parts, Fel-Pro gaskets, Wagner brakes and lighting, ANCO wiper products and Carter fuel systems. “In the aftermarket business, program groups account for a majority of our automotive distributor sales, so providing them with the best quality and service is vitally important,” Summerville said.