Doug Lane of Motor State Distributing accepts the award for WD of the Year.
Motor State Distributing, a worldwide warehouse distributor of high-performance automotive parts, was presented with the 2008 Warehouse Distributor (WD) of the Year Award at the 2008 SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet held in Las Vegas.
Motor State Distributing was founded in 1964 in a tiny garage by longtime racer and enthusiast George Lane. The company has since grown to become one of the most successful warehouse distributors of high-performance automotive parts in the world. In 1970, Motor State Distributing was officially founded as the warehouse distribution division of Lane Automotive, selling high-performance parts to speed shops throughout the Midwest. The company grew steadily during the next three decades and eventually expanded its customer base to include shipping to all 50 states, as well as Canada and several international accounts.
Motor State distributes millions of accessories and performance parts representing over 520 product lines from its new 153,000 sq.-ft. facility located in Watervliet, Michigan. To fulfill the needs of walk-in customers, Motor State converted 10,000 sq. ft. of its facility into a showroom dedicated to high-performance parts and accessories with personalized resources for hot-rodding advice.
Motor State’s customer base consists of jobber-owned speed shops, auto parts merchants, machine shops and chassis and engine builders. The company is recognized for providing world-class, personalized service to its jobber base and working very closely with its manufacturer reps to ensure the best programs and current product information are always available.
The WD of the Year Award, presented annually at the SEMA Show, recognizes the accomplishments and contributions to the specialty-equipment industry by one outstanding warehouse distributor each year.