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Arnold Motor Supply Purchases Central Parts and Machine Stores

February 1, 2021

Spencer, Iowa — Arnold Motor Supply, a Midwest-based automotive parts chain, has purchased the Central Parts and Machine stores in Central Nebraska.

Central Parts and Machine has been in business since 1963, with locations in Columbus and Albion, Nebraska. The previous owner, Al Kluever, said the decision to sell to Arnold Motor Supply was an easy one. “As I began to look towards the future, I realized that we needed to formalize a plan to ensure that our customers are taken care of today and in the future,” noted Kluever. “Arnold Motor Supply has the same dedication to customer service that we do. They also started as a family-owned business and have built a strong presence in Nebraska.”

“We are expanding our family of stores and are thrilled to have the current Central Parts team members be a part of it,” said Mike Molle VP of Store Operations. The same friendly and knowledgeable team the Columbus and Albion communities have relied on for the last several decades will stay on, including Al Kluever who will run the machine shop operations at the Columbus location.

The Central Parts and Machine stores will be re-branded to Arnold Motor Supply, joining over 60 other locations throughout the Midwest. In addition to the rebrand, the stores’ inventory is expanding with replacement parts from national brands like Bosch, USA-made Deka batteries, and Perfect Stop brakes and high-carbon rotors.

Al built his almost 60-year old business on relationships and the dedication to having the right parts on-hand for his customers. Now the customers of Albion and Columbus will have access to an even greater supply of parts with the backing of the Arnold Motor Supply distribution centers in Omaha, Nebraska and Spencer, Iowa. “The stores will receive daily mid-day and overnight stock deliveries, so if a part is not on the shelf right now, we can get it in a matter of a few hours.” Molle said.

Arnold Motor Supply

Arnold Motor Supply is a member of the Auto Value network of independent distributors, auto parts stores, and professional service repair shops located throughout the world.

The Arnold Group of Companies includes Arnold Motor Supply, Auto Value, Industrial Paint Solutions, Auto Refinish Solutions, Midwest Cylinder Head and Machine, Specialty Sales of Omaha, and The Merrill Company. The Arnold Group is one of the nation’s premier suppliers of replacement parts, accessories, and supplies for virtually all makes of automobiles, light to heavy-duty trucks, off-road equipment, marine and agricultural equipment. The Arnold Group of Companies also distributes the highest quality tools, equipment, paint and body supplies, and collision parts available in the auto care industry. Visit to find a location near you. 
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