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.
According to Bill Gager, President of APRA/HDRG, the panel's decision to award Camerota Truck Parts this year's 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," Gager said.
Camerota Truck Parts has numerous repair and installation facilities in the Northeast. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2010. 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 large remanufacturing, sales, service, and distribution facility is in Enfield, Connecticut.
Camerota Truck Parts has been a longtime member of APRA and its' HDRG Division as well as the International Truck Parts Association.
"As a culture we embrace change by focusing on continuous improvement," said President Frank Camerota. "The next five to 10 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."