Prior to 1955, independent garages were just that: hardy individuals on their own with little cooperation within their industry. However, in 1955, a group of garage owners in Lancaster County formed IGOP, the Independent Garage Owners of Pennsylvania, Inc. The goals of these early movements included educational, technical and management programs, bonding of shops, registering of mechanics, safety inspection law, mechanic’s lien law, group advertising, group insurance of all types, and liaisons with the government and other associations.
Over the next few years chapters were formed and the association continued to grow. Over the years, the association merged and changed names a number of times and in 1999 settled on the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Pennsylvania, or AASP-PA; with a national affiliation to AASP.
Much has changed over the past six decades. One thing has remained constant, our commitment to our members and their concerns. AASP-PA will continue to be proactive on behalf of our members – now and in the future.