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Schnitzer Reports Strongest First Quarter Earnings Since 2011

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. reported results for its first quarter of fiscal 2018 ended November 30, 2017. Its Auto and Metals Recycling (AMR) division achieved its best first quarter performance since fiscal 2011 with operating income of $35 million, or operating income per ferrous ton of $44, both of which are more than double the results of the first quarter of fiscal 2017

Another Million Cars Added To Recall

The Associated Press reported that Toyota and Honda are recalling more than 1 million additional vehicles in the United States to replace defective and potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.

Car, Truck and SUV of the Year Named at Detroit Auto Show

The Honda Accord, Volvo XC60 and the Lincoln Navigator were crowned as the winners of the 2018 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards at the North American International Auto Show.
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The Current State Of Freight

Five years ago, only a fraction of shipping companies’ forklifts had certified scales on them. Today it is rare to tour a national carrier terminal where 100 percent of its equipment does not have certified scales on board. These companies have also invested in laser scanners and have internal directives to spot-check 8 to 12 percent of all freight for re-weigh and re-class issues. And, if the computer recognizes your company as a “repeat offender,” your freight will be flagged for inspections every time.


Auto recyclers have always known that their businesses help the environment. Now a scientific study has proven it.


Lead batteries continue to be a recycling success story in the United States and abroad. In fact, according to a National Recycling Rate Study commissioned by Battery Council International (BCI) in 2017, more than 99 percent of lead batteries are recycled. This is equivalent to about 12 billion pounds of lead batteries recycled in a four-year period.
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Recycled Parts Buying Trends

The Locator's commitment to buyers and sellers of recycled parts has been the driving force for the company for more than 50 years. For the past several months, the data has shows a clear trend for purchasing smaller, easy-to-install parts. Headlights, tail lamps and side view mirrors have been popular among buyers. But buyers also continue to purchase the larger, more expensive parts including engines and transmissions.


Most Popular Parts Searches

PartsLocator's new late-model parts search allows users to find the parts they need, purchase them and have them shipped directly. The site is user friendly and completely responsive so access from any device - desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device - is seamless.