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  • ARA 2016 Photo Highlights

    ARA 2016 Photo Highlights

    ARA held its 73rd Convention & Expo in Baltimore, Md. on October 27 - 29, 2016.

  • IAR 2016 Summer Outing

    IAR 2016 Summer Outing

    IAR members met up in Kensett, Iowa for the 2016 IAR Summer Outing. The event was held on June 3- 4, 2016.

  • ARA 2015 Photo Highlights

    ARA 2015 Photo Highlights

    ARA held its 72nd Convention & Expo in Charlotte, N.C. on October 7 - 10, 2015.

  • IAR 2015 Summer Outing

    IAR 2015 Summer Outing

    Iowa auto recyclers gathered at the Prairie Meadows Convention Center in Des Moines, Iowa for the 2015 IAR Summer Outing.

  • ARA 2014 Photo Highlights

    ARA 2014 Photo Highlights

    ARA held its 71st Convention & Expo in Nashville, Tenn. on October 22 - 25, 2014. Sales Representative Cindy VanAuken and Senior Editor Erin Sandage attended for The Locator.

  • Automotive Recyclers Of Indiana Tradeshow

    Automotive Recyclers Of Indiana Tradeshow

    The Indiana Auto Recycling Summit and Training was held on August 23, 2014 at Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. Thanks to Northlake Auto Recyclers and ARI Executive Director Sandy Blalock for the photos.

  • IAR 2014 Summer Outing

    IAR 2014 Summer Outing

    Members of the Iowa Automotive Recyclers (IAR) association gathered in Carroll, Iowa at Quandt Auto Salvage, Inc. for the 2014 IAR Summer Outing.

  • 2014 GMARE

    2014 GMARE

    Auto recyclers from Nebraska and Iowa attended the 2014 Greater Midwest Automotive Recyclers Expo at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City, Neb. on March 21 - 22, 2014.

  • ARA 2013 Photo Highlights

    ARA 2013 Photo Highlights

    Members of the auto recycling industry gathered in Phoenix, Ariz. on Nov. 6 - 9, 2013 for ARA’s 70th Annual Convention & Expo. The event featured educational sessions, entertainment and a trade show. The Locator was one of more than 90 exhibitors to have a booth at the show. Sales Representative Cindy VanAuken and Senior Editor Erin Sandage represented the company. ARA also announced that the 2014 show will be in Nashville, Tenn.

  • Sioux City's 2013 RockN Rods Show

    Sioux City's 2013 RockN Rods Show

    On Saturday, July 20, 350 to 400 classic and hot rod vehicles cruised the loop in downtown Sioux City, Iowa for the third annual RockN Rods event. The event also featured a free Show N Shine, live bands and a beer garden. Organizers estimate 7,000 to 10,000 people attended. The event previously featured drag races through downtown Sioux City, but construction forced planners to move the event. They hope to have the drag races back in 2014.

  • IAR 2013 Summer Outing

    IAR 2013 Summer Outing

    The Locator attended the Iowa Automotive Recyclers (IAR) Summer Outing on May 31 - June 1, 2013. The event was held at the Jackson County Fairgrounds Expo building in Maquoketa, Iowa. This year’s event featured a two-day trade show, presentations by Hollander, Inc., and Car-Part.com, plus equipment demonstrations. Saturday’s entertainment included a beach volleyball tournament and steak fry, auction and band held at Nugent Auto Sales in Maquoketa. Brent Nugent, owner of Nugent Auto Sales, is the current president of IAR. Auction funds were donated to support the Charitable Chariots, a Northwest Iowa Community College student-created program, and the IAR scholarship program and PAC fund.

  • 2013 URG Training Conference

    2013 URG Training Conference

    The United Recyclers Group, LLC hosted more than 600 attendees at its 2013 URG Training Conference on April 11 - 13 at the Inverness Hotel & Conference Center in Englewood, Colo. The conference featured 50 break-out sessions on topics ranging from tracking inventory to data mining. CCC Information Services, Inc. representatives attended the show and delivered the keynote address on Friday, April 12. The company highlighted its recent partnership with URG to deliver recycled part options for body shop estimates through its CCC ONE Estimating software. The Locator attended the show as an exhibitor. Cindy VanAuken, sales representative, and Erin Sandage, senior editor, manned the booth at the event. “This was my first URG show,” said Sandage. “It was great to see in person so many faces that have graced the pages of our publications.” “The 2013 show was bigger than the 2012 show,” noted VanAuken. “And it’s always action-packed. We had a great time. Plus, it is a pleasure to see my customers face-to-face.”

  • 2013 Midwest Autobody Show

    2013 Midwest Autobody Show

    Iowa collision repairers converged in Des Moines, Iowa at Prairie Meadows Events and Conference Center on March 28 for the 2013 Midwest Autobody Show. The show, sponsored by the Iowa Collision Repair Association (ICRA), featured a lunch, trade show and multiple training sessions. Iowa State Sen. Brad Zaun was the special guest speaker at the “No Free Lunch” luncheon. Zaun recently introduced legislation to study “steering” and automobile insurance direct repair programs. Zaun pledged his support to the Iowa autobody industry and to continue pushing his legislation. He also urged ICRA members to call their state representatives and senators when they are not in the capital, but rather when they are at home. Dale Sayler, Parts Trader executive vice president of Business Development, also spoke at the luncheon. Sayler gave the repairers in attendance a breakdown of Parts Trader and how the program works. He spoke about the company’s core principles for its online parts procurement program and responded to audience questions. He also invited a shop owner from the Chicagoland area to talk about how his working experience with the program. This was the third annual show.

  • NACE 2012 Photo Highlights

    NACE 2012 Photo Highlights

    The Locator attended the 2012 NACE show in New Orleans, La.

  • ARA 2012 Photo Highlights

    ARA 2012 Photo Highlights

    Hurricane Sandy couldn’t dampen the annual ARA Convention & Expo in Orlando, Fla. In fact, the storm off the coast gave way to wonderfully-cool breezes and comfortable temperatures in the low- 80s. When attendees and exhibitors were inside the Gaylord Palms Convention Center, they were treated to numerous educational sessions and, of course, the trade show.

  • IAR 2012 Summer Outing

    IAR 2012 Summer Outing

    More than 250 auto recyclers, vendors and sponsors gathered in Waterloo, Iowa for the 2012 Iowa Automotive Recyclers (IAR) annual Summer Outing on June 8 - 9.

  • 2012 Upper Midwest Auto & Truck Recyclers Convention

    2012 Upper Midwest Auto & Truck Recyclers Convention

    Photos from the 2012 show held in Minneapolis, Minn. on April 27 - 28.

  • 2012 URG Training Conference

    2012 URG Training Conference

    Hundreds of United Recyclers Group (URG) members and nonmembers geared up for success at the 2012 URG & Pinnacle Training Conference on April 12 - 15 in Englewood, Colo.

  • Sioux City's 2012 RockN Rods Show

    Sioux City's 2012 RockN Rods Show

    For two nights only, hot-rodders from around the Midwest got the chance to roll up to a starting line, do a couple burnouts and then race head-to-head through the heart of downtown Sioux City, Iowa - and it was all legal.

  • 2011 ARA Photos

    2011 ARA Photos

    Photos from the 2011 ARA convention and trade show.

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