GPC History

In 1928, Carlyle Fraser founded GPC with the purchase of Motor Parts Depot in Atlanta, GA for $40,000. He renamed the parts store Genuine Parts Company. The original Genuine Parts Company store had annual sales of just $75,000, and only 6 employees.

For the next 50+ years, GPC in relationship with NAPA, grew rapidly as independent garages for car repair spread. From the beginning, GPC stressed swift, reliable service as a way to outflank the competition.

In the last 35+ years, GPC has continued to grow through the acquisition of other companies in the automotive industry, as well as the industrial, office and electrical industries.

Today Genuine Parts Company is a leading parts distributor with over 2,650 operations and approximately 39,600 employees.


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