BEAVER DAM, Wis. — When dealership service departments need older, genuine repair parts that automakers no longer stock, their best hope often lies inside the giant, meticulously organized warehouses operated here by Vintage Parts Inc.
Tucked amid farm fields on the outskirts of this bucolic southeast Wisconsin town (population 16,355), Vintage Parts is one of the country's largest repositories of older parts. The company's 12 warehouses in Beaver Dam and three more in nearby Columbus comprise 25 million cubic feet of storage space and 700,000 square feet of floor space, says CEO Rick Hiltunen.
Vintage's auto parts inventory includes more than 300,000 unique parts and 2.6 million parts overall, says CFO Jim Butterbrodt. Vintage Parts' automaker partners, which sell parts to the company, include General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Honda, Toyota, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Isuzu and Mitsubishi.