PPG has named Ohio Auto Kolor of Columbus, Ohio, its 2011 Platinum Distributor of the Year. The award was presented to Gary Bumgarner, Ohio Auto Kolor president, at the annual PPG Platinum Distributor Conference held February 23-25, in Orlando, Fla., at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Bob Wenzinger, director of the PPG Platinum Distributor program, and Greg Benckart, vice president, automotive refinish USCA, made the presentation.
Bumgarner attended the conference with his brothers Glenn, Curtis, and Keith—all vice presidents of Ohio Auto Kolor—and his parents Charles and Ann Bumgarner, founders of the company. Other key business members were also on hand.
“We were all surprised and excited to find out we were Platinum Distributor of the Year,” said Bumgarner upon accepting the award. “We’re celebrating our fiftieth anniversary this year so we’ve been focusing on that. This award is something we will take great pride in, and I’m glad we—especially my mom and dad—were all here to accept it. And, of course, this honor belongs to everyone at our company. Thank you, PPG.”
Ohio Auto Kolor opened in 1962 in Dayton, Ohio, as a branch outlet of another local distributor. Charles Bumgarner managed the store with the help of two employees, one of whom—Paul Snyder—is still working at the company’s Springfield, Ohio, location. Charles bought the business in 1975, purchased several other stores in the area over the next few years, and successfully expanded the enterprise. The company became a single-line PPG distributor in 1962 and has consistently participated in key Platinum initiatives. In addition, Gary Bumgarner was active in the development of the Platinum Distributor program. Today, Ohio Auto Kolor has eight locations and 65 employees across central Ohio.