Manufacturer Takes On New Role as Distributor to 419 Service Centers
BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc. (NYSE: ARM)
today announced that its Light Vehicle Aftermarket (LVA) business group, a
manufacturer of automotive aftermarket products, has been selected to become a
distributor of LVA products for 419 Jiffy Lube company-owned service centers.
The three-year contract will take effect on Nov. 1, 2004.
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Jiffy Lube International's parent company, SOPUS (Shell Oil Products US),
selected ArvinMeritor LVA as a distribution partner after its decision to
close Heritage, a Shell-owned distribution company. The new contract will
encompass approximately 2,800 product parts. ArvinMeritor LVA will provide
consumable products for shop use, such as paper towels, as well as tools and
office supplies, as well as provide auto filters for retail use. This
contract marks the company's most comprehensive venture into the field of
"Including distribution in our portfolio of customer services was the next
logical step for us as a company," said Rob Malone, ArvinMeritor LVA's vice
president and general manager of Filters and Ride Control, North America.
"The opportunity to have Jiffy Lube, the leading brand in the fast-lube oil
change category as our first distribution customer was very appealing. We're
confident that building new business relationships with organizations such as
Jiffy Lube will drive ArvinMeritor's strategy to become a 'one-stop shop' for
"This is a new relationship we are putting into place," said Scott
Ciurana, manager of products and services for Jiffy Lube International. "We
have been a customer of ArvinMeritor LVA for several years, and they have
demonstrated they have the infrastructure and network to make distribution
successful. I am excited about what our two organizations can do for each
ArvinMeritor plans to explore other distribution opportunities within the
installer community in the future.
Jiffy Lube, with more than 2,200 service centers in North America, serves
approximately 30 million customers each year. Jiffy Lube pioneered the fast
oil change industry in 1979 by establishing the first drive-through service
bay, providing customers with faster professional service for their vehicles.
The company is proud to be an affiliate sponsor of the Be Car Care Aware
Campaign, an annual effort of the Women's Board of the Car Care Council.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Jiffy Lube International is a wholly owned,
indirect subsidiary of Shell Oil Company. Visit http://www.jiffylube.com to
learn more about Jiffy Lube and vehicle care.
ArvinMeritor's Light Vehicle Aftermarket (LVA) business group supplies
exhaust systems, filters and ride control products to retailers, jobbers and
distributors around the world. LVA posted more than $0.8 billion in sales
during fiscal year 2003, and employs approximately 5,000 people at 21
facilities in seven countries. The strong family of LVA brands has earned
customer confidence for quality and value for close to 100 years.
ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier $8 billion global supplier of a broad
range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle
industry. The company serves light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and
specialty original equipment manufacturers and related aftermarkets.
Headquartered in Troy, Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 32,000 people
at more than 150 manufacturing facilities in 27 countries. ArvinMeritor
common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol
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