Genuine Parts Co is a Georgia corporation incorporated on May 7, 1928. The Company is a service organization engaged in the distribution of automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products and electrical/electronic materials through its four operating segments. The Company conducts from approximately 2,650 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. The Company operates in four segments: Automotive Parts, Industrial Parts, Office Products, and Electrical/Electronic Materials. The Automotive Parts Group, the division of the Company, distributes automotive parts and accessory items and also offers complete inventory, cataloging, marketing, training and other programs in the automotive aftermarket. The Industrial Parts Group is operated as Motion Industries, Inc. ("Motion"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Motion distributes industrial replacement parts and related supplies such as bearings, mechanical and electrical power transmission, industrial automation, hose, hydraulic and pneumatic components, industrial supplies and material handling products to MRO (maintenance, repair and operation) and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) customers throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Office Products Group, operated through S. P. Richards Company ("S. P. Richards"), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. S. P. Richards is engaged in the wholesale distribution of a broad line of office and other business related products through a diverse customer base of resellers. These products are used in homes, businesses, schools, offices, and other institutions. Office products fall into the general categories of computer supplies, imaging products, office furniture, office machines, general office products, school supplies, cleaning, janitorial, sanitation and breakroom supplies, safety and security items, healthcare products and disposable food service products. The Electrical/Electronic Materials Group was formed on July 1, 1998 through the acquisition of EIS, Inc. ("EIS"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. This Group distributes materials to more than 20,000 electrical and electronic manufacturers, as well as industrial assembly and specialty wire and cable markets in North America. The Company competes with automobile manufacturers, automobile dealers, warehouse clubs and large automotive parts retail chains. In addition, the Company competes with the distributing outlets of parts manufacturers, oil companies, mass merchandisers, including national retail chains, and with other parts distributors and retailers.
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