General Parts Group President Bruce Hodge to Retire; Gary Schermann Named as Successor
Bruce Hodge announced today that he will be retiring from General Parts Group on September 30th. Bruce has been the company’s President since 1998 and has worked within the foodservice industry for over fifty years. During his tenure, Bruce oversaw significant transformation at General Parts, developing its ‘whole kitchen’ service offering to include refrigeration and HVAC equipment as well as all foodservice equipment. Bruce also oversaw the company’s market expansion to the present twenty-nine locations, serving all or part of twenty-six states, and the opening of the company’s O.E.M. parts distribution division GP-PartsDirect.
In line with the company’s succession plan, General Parts Group is pleased to announce that Gary Schermann, the company’s Vice President of Operations, will be promoted to President. Gary has twenty-one years of experience working for General Parts Group alongside Bruce and will continue the development and expansion of the business in conjunction with the company’s strategy of becoming a national service provider.
General Parts Group thanks Bruce Hodge for his years of service not only to the company but also as a highly respected industry leader who leaves General Parts Group in a strong position for future growth.
About General Parts Group
General Parts Group is a provider of commercial kitchen equipment repair services. Founded in 1939, the company has grown to be a distributor of O.E.M. parts and provides service for over 60,000 customers and 400 manufacturers of commercial foodservice equipment. Corporate headquarters are located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and with major branch operations strategically located in Arizona (3), Colorado, Florida, Idaho (2), Illinois, Indiana (2), Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri (2), Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma (2), Oregon (2), Tennessee, Texas (2), Washington and Wisconsin (2), we are ideally positioned to provide quality service for over one third of the United States. We are viewed as the market leader in most of the markets we serve and in terms of overall sales, General Parts Group ranks in the top five of independent service companies nationally.