When Gilberto Uribe came to the United States, he initially set out to expand his family’s heavy vehicle parts distribution business, not create his own. The family needed someone who could coordinate American suppliers and funnel the parts back to Colombia. But by 1980, the office had found its own success and branched off into an independent company, Costex Corp.
Today, Costex distributes and manufactures replacement parts for heavy-duty diesel engines and heavy equipment to more than 130 countries and has offices in Miami, Dallas, China and Brazil. Costex sells to dealerships, machine shops and end users and its parts are used by the construction, marine, logging and mining industries. The more than 50,000 specialized components Costex provides include braking, hydraulics, engine components, power trains, fuel injectors, cooling systems, undercarriage, filters and more.