HDRG Names Camerota Truck Parts 2011 Heavy Duty Remanufacturer of the Year
The award is given to a company or individual who has demonstrated innovative ways to create and grow a successful business model and in the process supported industry efforts to advance the science of remanufacturing.
Camerota Truck Parts was awarded the
prestigious “Mike Hill Heavy Duty Remanufacturer of the Year Award" during the Heavy Duty Remanufacturing Group (HDRG) Summit, a division of the Automotive Parts
Remanufacturers Association (APRA), in Las Vegas on January 17, 2011.
According to APRA/HDRG President Bill Gager, the panel’s decision to award Camerota Truck Parts of Enfield, CT, this year’s prestigious award was because they are a leading independent remanufacturer in the aftermarket. “The recent emphasis of heavy duty engine parts remanufacturers as a constituent group within HDRG has expanded our horizons to an all encompassing view of the marketplace including independents, major OEM component suppliers, OEM service as well as the traditional rebuilders of electrical, drivetrain, brake, and steering,” said Gager. “With over 300 members within the current HDRG membership structure there seems to be plenty of room for growth and HDRG welcomes everyone involved in heavy duty remanufacturing.”
Celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2010, Camerota Truck Parts has been successful in executing a customer driven growth strategy, with numerous repair and installation facilities in the Northeast. The company was started in 1960 by Salvatore “Sam” Camerota (father of the current owners Frank, Salvatore, and Stephen). In 1974 the focus of the company shifted to remanufacturing transmissions, rear differentials, and steering boxes. Their remanufacturing, sales, service, and distribution facility is in Enfield, CT, with other facilities in North Haven, CT; Westborough, MA; Bow, NH; Bangor, ME; Valley Cottage, NY; and Hamilton, NJ.
Camerota Truck Parts has been a longtime member of APRA and its’ HDRG Division as well as the International Truck Parts Association. A core strength of Camerota Truck Parts is their flexibility and ability to capitalize on growth opportunities as well as the hard work by top management and all their employees.
In accepting the award, President Frank Camerota said: “As a culture we embrace change by focusing on continuous improvement. The next five to ten years will present a lot of opportunities for change and we need to be looking ahead and prepare our company and our employees for these changes.”
Frank Camerota accepted the award from Sandra Standley, HDRG Chairman. They become the 4th recipient of the award, joining past recipients Precision Rebuilders (St.Clair, MO), Weller Truck Parts (Grand Rapids, MI), and ArvinMeritor (Plainfield, IN).
“Having Camerota Truck Parts receive this award is a fitting tribute for a company that has long supported the remanufacturing industry,” said Standley.