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October is Fall Car Care Month!
October 01, 2014

October is Fall Car Care Month, a great time to check your vehicles before the temperatures drop and a sensible way to avoid being stranded out in the cold and the unexpected expense of emergency repairs.

The Car Council has a great Fall Car Care Month checklist to make sure your vehicle is ready for the cold winter weather ahead.  You can find it at

“The last thing any driver needs is a vehicle that breaks down in cold, harsh winter weather. Winter magnifies existing problems like hard starts, sluggish performance and rough idling,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Whether you perform the check or maintenance yourself or go to the repair shop, it’s a small investment of time and money to ensure peace of mind, and help avoid the cost and hassle of a breakdown during severe weather.”

The Car Care Council recommends the following Fall Car Care Month checklist to make sure your vehicle is ready for cold winter weather ahead.

Genuine Foreign Nameplate line Beck/Arnley Added to Product Selection
January 03, 2014

The Arnold Group of Companies is proud to announce that they have added Genuine Foreign Nameplate line, Beck/Arnley to the product offerings.  Beck/Arnley is exclusively dedicated to servicing customers who maintain and repair foreign nameplate vehicles.  The Beck/Arnley® brand is a leading specialty supplier of premium, quality import parts for cars, light trucks and SUVs. They are committed to meeting our promise to provide the import parts by model and year to equal OE form, fit, and performance. Beck/Arnley's broad product offering for the aftermarket is organized into six modules: Brake & Chassis, Electrical, Clutch & Driveline, Engine Management, Engine Parts & Filtration, and Cooling Systems.


Initially, the products will be stocked at strategically placed locations. We are also currently offering FREE next day delivery of parts throughout our customer base. 

The Merrill Company Receives AAIA Award
October 22, 2013

The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) has announced that The Merrill Company of Spencer, IA has received the coveted 2013 Head of the Class Award for Large Warehouse Distributors.

     The Merrill Company was selected to receive the Head of the Class Award due to their continuous growth and cultivation of their associates.  With over 600 associates, The Merrill Company incorporates several different training methods into their program in order to provide the best training possible.  

     They have a stand-alone training center in Spencer, IA that is capable of offering underhood/under-car training, as well as refinish and industrial coatings application instruction.  In addition to their training center, The Merrill Company offers many online courses that are in conjunction with The Alliance University, as well as various manufacture’s technical and sales training programs. The Merrill Company supports both external and internal certification programs, holds extensive multiple-day training sessions at their training center, incorporates lunch & learns and monthly webinars, and pays the cost of tuition for their associates. They have over 90 ASE Parts Specialists and over 30 Master Machinists. Most of their sales associates have participated in the WIX Filtration School in Gastonia, NC, in which The Merrill Company is one of the leaders from The Alliance in attendance.  Through these efforts, they are constantly striving to develop creative methods of training that cater to all employee needs.    

     Training is a major factor in The Merrill Company’s business culture and is available to everyone, from managers to delivery drivers; they know that investing in their associates builds confidence of individuals so that they can perform at a higher level and impart knowledge to their associates.  This can be seen in their 86 years of training history, in which they have cultivated many 2nd and 3rd generation associates.  The Merrill Company promotes a permeating theme of leadership and encouragement throughout all their stores and distribution centers.  They provide individualized support to each associate’s level of development in order to give the appropriate guidance and training for that person’s career path. They encourage their associates to become leaders in training others.  The Merrill Company achieves management success, improves employee morale, strengthens customer service, reduces losses, and increases sales through their investment in their team members

Arnold Motor Supply started in Spencer, Iowa in 1927 by E.P. Arnold and is one of the largest partnerships in the United States with stores in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois, and Missouri.  The Arnold Group includes 38 Arnold Motor Supply stores, 11 Auto Value Parts Stores as well as two warehouses, an Auto Refinish division, a light industrial coating distributor, and a cylinder head re-manufacturing division.  Twenty-one store locations have complete machine shops located within the stores.  

Schipper Named Cedar Falls Manager
August 16, 2013

Dalen Schipper has been named the Manager of the Cedar Falls Arnold Motor Supply store. Dalen has been providing exceptional service to our customers since 2001, both inside the store at the counter and traveling with a sales route. Congratulations Dalen.

New Book Tells Story of Company Founder
July 19, 2013

Author Eric M. Johnson has released his new book You Build a Business with People detailing the rise of the well known Iowa based jobber Arnold Motor Supply. The book chronicles entrepreneur E.P. Arnold as he built his business from depression era Iowa through the 1970’s. Today the business has grown to include 60 locations across five states and employs over 600 people.


You Build a Business with People explores the concept of the American Dream as it existed in the early 20th century and how E.P. Arnold overcame obstacles through the depression and war years. Johnson says, “The majority of the book tells the story of Mr. Arnold. I wanted to put him in the context of the history. The book is about him and what was going on around him at the time. It is relevant today because the challenges faced by Mr. Arnold are similar to those faced by entrepreneurs and small businesses today in a challenging economic environment.”


Eric M. Johnson discusses the organization of Arnold Motor Supply as a partnership and the traits about Mr. Arnold that made him an effective leader and businessman. John R. Washbish, President and CEO of Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance said, “As big as the automotive aftermarket is there's a dearth of literature available about its history.  Eric M. Johnson helps remedy this with his book You Build a Business With People.  It spins the tale of the Arnold Motor Supply stores and the ensuing Merrill Company.  Mr. Johnson's characterization of the visionary E.P. Arnold, who over the years sold the company to its employees, is fact-filled and fascinating.”

Eric M. Johnson has a Bachelors degree in Economics and a Masters degree in Information Systems. He and his wife live near Spencer, Iowa and have two teenage sons. You Build a Business with People is available on the author’s website, or from The author can be contacted at 712-264-4023.

Brandis Recognized as Counter Professional of the Year
April 30, 2013

The Arnold Group of Companies, headquartered in Spencer, Iowa, recognized Jason Brandis from APW Omaha, an Auto Value Parts Store, at the company's Counter Professional's Meeting held in Omaha on February 23, 2013.

Brandis was awarded the prestigious 2012 Counter Professional of The Year Award that honors the top counter professional of the company for their contribution, unselfish attitude, and dedication to their store. He is a 17-year veteran of the industry and has been a counter professional with the company for 14 of those years. Jason is noted for his exemplary customer service and positive attitude.