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PPG Announces 2012 Platinum Distributor of the Year

Gipe Automotive Inc., Owensboro, Ky., received award during the PPG Platinum Distributor Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.

From left to right: Jay Eberlin, refinish sales manager, Gipe Automotive; Tom Gipe, president, Gipe Automotive; Alex Gipe, business development director, Gipe Automotive; Greg Benckart, PPG vice president, Automotive Refinish Americas.Kentucky-based Gipe Automotive Inc. has been named the PPG 2012 Platinum Distributor of the Year. The announcement was made by Bob Wenzinger, director of the PPG Platinum Distributor program, during the awards banquet at the annual PPG Platinum Distributor Conference held Feb. 14-17, at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Wenzinger and Greg Benckart, vice president, PPG Automotive Refinish Americas, presented the award to Gipe Automotive president Tom Gipe and key members of his management team.

“It is always a pleasure to recognize the Platinum Distributor of the Year, and this year is no exception,” said Wenzinger. “Gipe Automotive has been an outstanding, customer service-oriented PPG distributor for years and deserves to be honored for its growth and success and the contribution it has made to supporting the PPG brand, our products and its customers. We are proud to recognize the Gipe team tonight.”

Added Gipe, “To be named Platinum Distributor of the Year is quite a surprise and very humbling. I’m accepting the award on behalf of our entire company. I’m happy for all the people at Gipe Automotive. They’re top quality, great to work with and the reason we’ve received this honor. We all focus on the success of our customers; that’s the key to our success. I thank PPG for recognizing Gipe Automotive.”

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