The Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association have reached an agreement whereby AAIA will provide management services with a focus on government affairs representation to CVSN, effective immediately. The agreement will unify commercial vehicle aftermarket distributor members of CVSN with the Heavy Duty Distribution Association, a segment of AAIA on key issues and challenges in the heavy-duty aftermarket.
“CVSN is very excited about its new management agreement with HDDA and AAIA,” says Ken Duval, president of Canadian Wheel and outgoing CVSN president. “Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week has shown us that by working together, we can bring enhanced value to our members.”
The announcement was made this week during the Aftermarket Distribution Summit, presented by CVSN, Truck Parts & Service magazine and HDX, held in Amelia Island, Fla.
“By uniting CVSN and HDDA under the AAIA government affairs umbrella, commercial vehicle aftermarket distributors will have a single and more powerful voice in the legislative and regulatory arena, both at the state and national levels,” says David Scheer, HDDA chair and president of Inland Truck Parts Co.
Tom Stewart, president of Carolina Rim & Wheel and incoming president of CVSN, says that besides Right to Repair’s fight for access to information, there are other initiatives such as education and training, best practices and a host of other challenges facing the industry that will benefit from a stronger and more focused independent channel.