The Denton Story
Joe and Tom Denton started Knox Auto Parts in 1995 along with their dad Joe Sr. who is now retired. Starting from scratch with only one employee they have come a long way since that first day in August 1995. Knox Auto Parts has been growing strong through the years and now employs over 70 people. The Denton brothers grew up in the salvage business in Long Island NY working at the salvage yard owned y their dad and two uncles. “We actually lived next door to the salvage yard and worked there every day during the summer and after school” says Tom Denton the youngest brother. In 1990 the Long Island business was sold and Jim Denton, the oldest brother moved to Nashville to pursue his dream of being a songwriter. In 1994 he was blessed with the hit song “Rope the Moon” by John Michael Montgomery but parts were in his blood and in 1996 he rejoined his brothers and dad in the business.
The automotive salvage business has changed a lot in the last 20 years. Corporate consolidators have really brought competition into the market. When asked about the competition Jim Denton had this to say. “Corporate competition has been really good for us. It has kept us on our game and has had a great affect on the way we do business” Knox Auto Parts has seen tremendous growth over the last 20 years even with the competition. In 1999, in an answer to compete, Knox Auto Parts became a founding member of Team PRP. Team PRP members are among the best of the best in the auto recycling business. Knox Auto Parts and its over 75 Team PRP partners dismantle and process over 8500 cars per month!
Sept 2015 brought about a new chapter in the Knox Auto Parts story with the purchase of their Nashville facility, formerly Express Auto Recycling located in LaVergne. The Nashville location is being headed up by Jim Denton and his nephew Kyle Denton a 3rd generation Denton who is in charge of production at the Nashville facility. “We have a great crew and integration between the 2 facilities is going really well” said Kyle when asked how things are going.
Knox Auto Parts is proud of its employees, many of whom have been with them for 10 years or more. “We hire quality people who care and we treat them the way we expect them to treat our customers” said Joe Denton. “The secret to our success really isn’t a secret… we just take care of our customers… ya know everybody has a problem at one time or another in this business, but its how you handle the problem that makes the difference and we put our customers first”.
Knox Auto Parts looks forward to the next 20 years of serving its customers and doing business in Middle and East Tennessee.