Boucherville (Québec), March 3, 2016 – Uni-Select Inc. (TSX:UNS), a leading distributor of automotive products in Canada and parent company of FinishMaster, Inc., a leading distributor of paint and related products in the United States, unveiled today the new identity of its “national brand” for its growing network of Canadian independent automotive wholesalers and corporate stores: Bumper to Bumper – Canada’s Parts People.
In the coming months, the Corporation will be rebranding all of its corporate stores under one unified banner: Bumper to Bumper. In the Canadian Prairies there are currently over 100 independent customer Bumper to Bumper locations, most of which will be re-imaged with the new Bumper to Bumper brand over time. In addition the Bumper to Bumper brand will be available to our 1,150 independent wholesalers across Canada, which expands the brand’s presence nationally. The brand will provide a higher level of product consistency as well as enhanced merchandising, marketing and advertising programs.
“The launch of our new national brand represents an important milestone for our Canadian Automotive Group. With this new brand strategy, we will create a national synergy and identity, consistent from coast to coast. Bumper to Bumper, is not just about an image, it is everything that Uni-Select stands for: the quality of its products and the customer experience,” said Gary O’Connor, President and Chief Operating Officer of Automotive Canada.
“Today’s announcement reaffirms our commitment to aggressively expand our Canadian automotive business and build for the future. This is the next step in the evolution in supporting our long-time independent customers across the country by building a national brand supported by our national distribution network. We are better positioned than ever to be the leader in the automotive aftermarket from coast to coast,” added Henry Buckley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Uni‑Select.
Much more than a brand name, Bumper to Bumper is also a program offering auto parts distributors a broad range of solutions. The Bumper to Bumper banner is a turnkey program for wholesalers looking for complete program support, a strong brand image and a very aggressive go-to-market approach. Our Auto Parts Plus store brand remains an important part of our strategy supporting those independent customers who prefer a menu driven approach.
The beginning of a new era for a long-standing Canadian brand
Bumper to Bumper was introduced to the Canadian automotive aftermarket in 1977 and began with two stores. Over the years, the brand presence expanded to the Prairies and entered the Uni-Select fold in 2006. Today, over 100 auto parts stores operate in Western Canada under the Bumper to Bumper banner.
“The new logo features a strong and clean word mark. Bumper to Bumper is complemented by an icon that represents two bumpers coming together, from front to back, thereby illustrating Uni-Select’s commitment to covering all parts for a wide range of vehicles. We are Canada’s Parts People, and this new image will help us communicate the message that we value our Canadian roots and values” added O’Connor.
Uni-Select is a leader in the distribution of automotive refinish and industrial paint and related products across North America, as well as in the automotive aftermarket parts business in Canada. Its over 2,700 team members, spread across a network of 13 distribution centres and over 235 corporate stores, are dedicated to supplying its customers the right products, at the right place, and when they need them. Uni-Select also offers advanced solutions and first-rate service to enable its customers’ success. In the United States, FinishMaster, Inc., a subsidiary of Uni-Select operates a network of automotive refinish corporate stores from coast to coast under the FinishMaster banner and supports more than 6,000 collision repair centre customers. Uni-Select’s Canadian automotive aftermarket parts and automotive refinish business supports a growing national network of more than 1,150 independent customers and corporate stores, several of which operate under Uni-Select store banner programs including Auto Parts Plus®, Auto-Plus® and Bumper to Bumper®. In Canada, Uni-Select supports over 3,900 shops and stores through its automotive repair/installer shop banners and programs including Auto-Select®, Uni-Pro®, and SAX (SelectAutoXpert), as well as through its automotive refinish banner, Carrossier ProColor®. Uni-Select is headquartered in Boucherville, Québec, Canada, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol UNS.
The information provided in this press release may include some forward-looking information, which could include certain risks and uncertainties, which may cause the final results to be significantly different from those listed or implied within this news release. For additional information with respect to risks and uncertainties, refer to the Annual Report filed by Uni-Select with the Canadian securities commissions. The forward-looking information contained herein is made as of the date of this press release, and Uni-Select does not undertake to publicly update such forward-looking information to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities laws.
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