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NARDA to administer APDA.

LOMBARD, Ill.--the North American Retail Dealers Association has added administration of yet another organization to its services, taking over the Appliance Parts Dealers Association's programs.

"The NARDA national office and staff became the the APDA national office and staff," said Jim Houtz, president of the parts-dealers group. "We are pleased to have one of the most highly regarded associations in the industry managing APDA member services, meetings and publications."

APDA members are factory-authorized wholesale distributors of repair parts, components, supplies and accessories for major appliances. Eighty members operate more than 400 branches in the United States and Canada. NARDA here has nearly 3,000 retailers on its rolls.

NARDA long has been affiliated with the National Association of Service Dealers, one of the largest of the organizations representing the repair-servicing businesses. Earlier this year, NARDA assumed administration of the Professional Audio-video Retailers Association. PARA members are high-end product and custom-installation dealers.

Houtz, who operates Dayton Appliance Parts Co., Dayton, Ohio, took note of NARDA's position when he observed that "there is a natural affinity between our two organizatons because we represent different segments of the same industry."

The parts organization runs two meetings a year emphasizing business education and conferences with manufacturers.
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Title Annotation:North American Retail Dealers Association, Appliance Parts Dealers Association
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Nov 13, 1995
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