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News   June 4, 2010   by Auto Service World

Owen Sound Jobber Chosen Jobber News Jobber of the Year


KC Automotive of Owen Sound, Ont., has been selected as the 2010 Jobber News Magazine Jobber of the Year.
The award, formally knows as the E.J. & A.E. Wadham Memorial Award after the founders of Jobber News Magazine, recognizes outstanding success in business, industry contributions and community involvement of the auto parts jobbers in Canada. It has been presented annually since 1984.
KC Automotive is a member of the Modern Sales Cooperative–AutoSense–and an ACDelco Distributor.
The company was founded by Ken and Cheryl Morrison in 1978, who instituted an employee share ownership program several years ago.
The team at KC Automotive has been very involved in many industry projects, but tragically lost general manager Paul Dossman earlier this year in a scuba diving accident.
“Paul Dossman had spearheaded a lot of those things,” says Tim Cox, general manager. The tragedy also came as the company was expanding its main operation in Owen Sound, and had recently added a branch in Mt. Forest.
“But there are 51 of us who rely on moving things forward,” Cox says. “He was working on getting an apprenticeship program in Owen Sound with Georgian College, instead of having to ship the techs to London or Kitchener. He focused on growing groups like Grey Bruce Automotive Repairers Association, getting garages to get together to talk.”
Cox says that while Paul Dossman is missed terribly, everyone at the KC Automotive has pulled together to fill the void. Even Ken Morrison has stepped back in temporarily to lend a hand during the unexpected transition.
“Of course, everybody here has stepped up to the plate with his passing.”
“This year’s winner exemplifies the qualities of giving back that we value so much in the automotive aftermarket,” says Andrew Ross, publisher and editor of Jobber News Magazine. “And as an employee-owned company, it has a special quality that can serve as an example for businesses across Canada that may be struggling to deal with issues of business succession.”
Cox says that the award is a bit tough to assimilate for a company like KC Automotive.
“We have always had a hard time tooting our own horn. We don’t advertise our selves. We work for the garages to support our wholesale accounts. We are growing and trying to diversify.
“That was part of Paul’s vision. He was always a tomorrow guy,” says Cox. “We have a great team. Everybody is on board with expanding and growing and because it is an employee-owned business, everybody works hard at it.
“This award is really quite an honour.”

A full profile of KC Automotive will be published in the July 2010 issue of Jobber News Magazine.
Please contact your Jobber News Rep  through www.autoserviceworld.com for more information.

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