Family-run auto parts shop nears 65 years in business

NEW BRITAIN — Brian Teske of Southington stopped by Dalena Auto Parts on Glen Street the other day to pick up a couple of headlights for his minivan.

“I always head here when I need something like this,” he said. “My family has been coming to Dalena’s for 60 years. There’s no better place in the state to get auto parts.”

Apparently, others agree. Ever since 1953, when Dalena Auto Parts opened, the three-generation family-owned company with Plainville roots has built a loyal clientele. Dalena offers a full line of parts for domestic and foreign cars, trucks and buses. It also runs a complete machine shop for commercial customers including Tilcon, Manafort, Dattco and the city of New Britain.

“New Britain is incredibly fortunate to have such dedicated businesses like Dalena Auto Parts, which has called our city home for more than six decades,” Mayor Erin Stewart said recently, while noting the business’ 54 years in the…

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