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4Wheel Drive Hardware Company History

Established in 1977, 4 Wheel Drive Hardware (4WD) is the leading mail order and Internet distributor of Jeep parts and accessories. As a division of Transamerican Auto Parts, 4WD is headquartered in Columbiana, Ohio.

In January of 1977, Tom Kennedy, the founder of 4WD, conceived the idea for his company out of his own need for Jeep parts and accessories. Tom was a "jeeper" himself and frequently needed quality replacement Jeep parts that were often hard to find. His search for good suppliers resulted in the creation of 4WD. Born out of what started in his two-car garage more than 30 years ago, 4 Wheel Drive Hardware continues to service the "jeepers" of the world, in the spirit Tom was inspired by many years ago!

In 2006, 4WD was acquired by Transamerican Auto Parts Company, LLC. A company created much the same way 4WD was, by George Adler some 55 years ago in his own small garage. Today, George's son Greg Adler carries on the tradition at TAP LLC. In the years since then, Transamerican Auto Parts has become one of the largest automotive aftermarket parts and accessories companies in the country. With divisions like: 4 Wheel Parts Performance Centers, The Manufacturing Group, Dealer Services International and Transamerican Wholesalers.

4 Wheel Drive Hardware prides itself in providing innovative and unique parts, from vendors and manufacturers across the world, directly to our customers. We are committed to deliver the best service from our sales and customer service center located in Ohio. 4Wheel Drive Hardware continues to be at the front of the Jeep aftermarket world, because that's who we are, "jeepers helping other jeepers".

As 4 Wheel Drive Hardware moves into this new century, we find ourselves reaching out to new markets through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets. As the needs of our customers have changed from mostly Mail-order based to Web and mobile, we find ourselves changing to meet those needs too. But one thing we will never forget is our customers. YOU make us everything we are and to that we are very grateful to each and every one of you "jeepers" out there!

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