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Recycler’s Point of View – Mike Swift

Recycler’s Point of View – Mike Swift

“I still inventory cars and sell parts. I wear a million hats. In other words, I understand the issues facing recyclers, and I will represent them with their voice.” – Mike Swift, ARA President

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A Unique Legacy

A Unique Legacy

In the male-dominated automotive recycling industry, the Standridge sisters are making a name for themselves.In the Autumn issue of Locator UpFront, Felicia Lowenstein Niven introduced us to sisters Jody, Deedra and Stacey, who are continuing the legacy started by their father at Standridge Auto Parts in Shelby, N.C. Along with the sudden passing of their father, working in a male-dominated industry has created challenges wihtin this family-run operation.

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Flashback: Overcoming Zoning Regulations

Flashback: Overcoming Zoning Regulations

There’s something missing at the Auto Sports Unlimited warehouse: vehicles. The Summer 2010 edition of UpFront introduced us to Kirt Koeller and Scott Bosgraff from Auto Sports Unlimited. Due to zoning restrictions in their community of Zeeland, Mich., the company had to find a unique solution for storing their vehicles.

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Visit The Locator at ARA

Visit The Locator at ARA

The annual ARA Convention & Exposition is just a week away. Make plans to stop by The Locator’s Booth (#521) to say hello to Cindy and Erin. You can see the latest Locator publications, have your photo taken and catch up on everything The Locator has been up to throughout the past year. We’d also love to hear about your business, and any ideas for articles in The Locator Magazine, UpFront or our monthly newsletters.

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Recycler’s Point of View: Marty Hollingshead

Recycler’s Point of View: Marty Hollingshead

“We don’t have a big retail presence or walk-in customers, maybe 10 percent of our customer base is retail. The majority of our business is wholesale. But it is still important for us to look professional for ourselves, our customers and for the community. We try to overcome the image of a junkyard. This is no different than any other profession, in that you want to take pride in what you’re doing. People who do visit say that it reminds them of a lawyer’s office.” – Marty Hollingshead, Northlake Auto Recyclers, Inc.

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The Power Of The Sun

The Power Of The Sun

During one of the worst winters on record, Dan Warila, owner of Nationwide Auto Recycling, LLC, in Lancaster Mass., installed solar panels to power all of the business’ electrical needs. The cost to install the 600 solar panels was about $550,00, but Dan estimates the upgrade will have a postiive impact on the environment as well as his bottom line

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Flashback: Wind Power

Flashback: Wind Power

Just a few short years ago, Jon Kaplan made history when his company, Pearl Road Auto Wrecking & Salvage, Inc., became Cleveland’s first business with a wind turbine. Since that time, wind turbines have been springing up across the country. In 2014, it was estimated there were more than 48,000 turbines operating in the U.S.

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Traffic Alert: Industry Search Speeds Ahead

Boasting a 50-percent increase in traffic over the same period in 2014, the Industry Search is a proven marketing tool at PartsLocator.com. Companies can be included based on monthly or annual contracts, starting at less than $25 per month. So far, in 2015, top categories searched include Engine Specialists, 4x4 Specialists, Auto & Truck Parts, Diesel Pickups and Body Parts, Panels & Fillers. Top locations searched included California, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Ohio.

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Recycler’s Point of View – David Gold

“There is a trend right now of companies coming together to provide customers with greater product availability and enhanced capabilities. Each of the founding companies saw this growing trend in the auto recycling industry and wanted to be a part of it.” – David Gold, Fenix Parts, Inc.

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State Farm Lawsuit Moves Forward

State Farm Lawsuit Moves Forward

There’s a lot of controversy over insurance companies dictating how repairs on vehicles should be done and what types of parts should be used. The automotive recycling industry will be watching closely as the lawsuit against State Farm is heard in Louisiana. For the latest details on the case, read the article here, and stay tuned to The Locator for the latest as this case progresses.

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