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John Harty

John Harty

Each day, Noreen Harty takes orders, packages them up and ships them out. It may seem like a normal process — with one exception. There’s no technology at all at her family’s business, John Harty Tools in Barre, Mass. That means no email, no website and no credit card machine. Orders are processed C.O.D. the old-fashioned way - the way they’ve been done since the business started back in the late 1950s.

Let’s Talk Recalls

There is a lot of “fake news” relative to the airbag recalls and in many cases auto recyclers are not recovering them. There are three main reasons why auto recyclers should remove defective airbags.
Plastics Parts

Plastics Parts

With plastic playing a bigger role in vehicle design, due to its ability to improve safety, comfort and reducing emissions, more plastic parts end up being thrown away. In fact, very few plastic parts are recycled. The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) set out to see if plastic parts could also be as viably-recycled as metal parts. To do this, the association created the End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) Recycling Demonstration Project.
Since 1956

Since 1956

Some auto recyclers find success by specializing and cornering a small niche. Johnson’s Auto Wrecking has found success by taking exactly the opposite approach.
Packaging Prowess

Packaging Prowess

I have been working in the shipping and logistics arena for nearly 20 years now – long enough to know that every day brings a new challenge and that I have NOT yet seen and heard it all.
135 Auto

135 Auto

With just six cars on opening day, and 35 acres of land, Stanley Kingsley had a lot of ground to cover. It would take a little while, but with hard work, perseverance and a family that stood behind him - and ultimately staffed the business - 135 Auto in Mauckport, Ind. would grow to be a family legacy. Today, it’s one of the largest auto recycling yards in Indiana and involves three generations.
The Current State Of Freight

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.
SCIENCE PROJECT

SCIENCE PROJECT

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

BATTERY BEWARE

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.
DRIVEN TO SUCCEED

DRIVEN TO SUCCEED

In the southeastern corner of Missouri, in the part of the state that resembles a boot heel, you’ll find the last of the agricultural tractor recycling start-ups. Named for the location’s unique shape on the map, Bootheel Tractor Parts was started by Shawn Archie in 1999 out of a shop at his house. Fast forward 18 years, and Bootheel is a thriving business employing 22, and occupying a 100,000-square-foot warehouse and dismantling bay in a town of 3,000 known as East Prairie.
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