About - The Merrill Co.
IT ALL STARTED IN 1927.
Arnold Motor Supply got its beginnings in the Midwestern town of Spencer, IA in 1927. Founder E.P. Arnold witnessed firsthand the growth of the automobile industry and knew there would be a need to supply parts to the growing number of repair shops in the local communities across Northwest Iowa.
In 1960, The Merrill Company distribution center was established. Throughout the years, multiple expansions to the facility were necessary to house the ever-increasing number of parts needed to support the company stores. The most recent expansion in 2016 brought the overall facility space to 148,000 sq. ft.
Since its doors open in 1927, the company has grown to include 700 associates, 118 company and independent auto parts retail stores across five states; four distribution centers; 20 machine shops, 3 standalone paint, body, and equipment locations; one auto refinish solutions and industrial paint solutions warehouse.
Arnold Motor Supply is owned by 260 partners (A dozen of which are second or even third generation owners). Even as the company expands and diversifies, they stay true to the mantra of its founder: “You don’t build a business with buildings, brick, and stone. You build it with people.”
Arnold Motor Supply has a “grow your own” mentality that drives them to push the boundaries with their training and education offerings for associates and customers. The company puts its people first by investing in a variety of training and development resources, a training center equipped with a paint and blending room, underhood and undercar training, and refinish and industrial coatings application instructions; and much more.
The company services more than 518 dedicated Certified Service Centers and utilizes nearly 300 delivery vehicles that drive more than 7 million miles per year to deliver the necessary parts that keep customers on the road.
Arnold Motor Supply is a long-time member of the Auto Value network of independent distributors, auto parts stores and professional service repair shops located throughout the world.