Fall 2011

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PAM's Auto, Inc. in St. Cloud, Minn. can now say it holds company with Microsoft, 3M Co., General Mills and the Mayo Clinic. That's because all four of these companies made the Minneapolis / St. Paul Star Tribune's 2011 Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota (StarTribune.com/topworkplaces2011). The Star Tribune published the annual list in the June 19, 2011 edition. PAM's Auto was ranked 24th in the list's small business category.

Crime Stopper

Auto recyclers in South Carolina are now officially in a position to help cut down on metal thefts, a crime which they are often victims of themselves.

Ask Arnold

James Battista knew his vehicle was having transmission problems, but didn't know where to go for advice. By chance, he found Arnold Zalon's free auto advice web page.

Fresh Start

Randy Reitman is preparing to take on the role of ARA president, a responsibility that would stir up some apprehension in most candidates. But while Randy is feeling some butterflies in his stomach, the challenge pales in comparison to what he faced over the past 18 months.

Doug Ruppel

As far as general manager Gary Travers is concerned, no one deserves to be the Locator UpFront 2011 Boss Of The Year more than Doug Ruppel does, owner of Chevytruck Parts, LLC located in Denver, Colo. (ChevyTruck-Parts.com).

Done Right

Every part sold from Raceway Auto & Truck Parts in Savannah, Tenn. has been through at least four pairs of hands before it reaches the customer. Quality control is something sales manager (and future owner as of January 2012) Gary Coln takes very seriously for his late-model business. He set up a four-point checklist to make sure the delivered or shipped parts arrive as expected.

Living Legend

Everett "Cotton" Owens was a fixture in the auto-racing world from 1950 to 1973 as both a driver and owner. During the 1950s, he won more than 100 modified races, earning him the moniker "King of the Modifieds."He had nine victories in NASCAR's premier series, now called the Sprint Cup. Some of racing's biggest names drove his racecars, including, David Pearson (2011 Hall of Fame inductee), Buddy Baker, Ralph Earnhardt, Junior Johnson (2010 Hall of Fame inductee) and Mario Andretti. NASCAR named Owens one of its 50 greatest drivers of all time to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 1998 and nominated him as a possible inductee for the 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame. It's an impressive career and one that begins with auto salvage.

ARA's Pick

Ricky Young starts his day at 4:30 a.m., which may be early for some people, but is necessary considering the ground he has to cover. Young owns and operates Young's Auto Center & Salvage in Benson, N.C., which consists of six locations throughout North Carolina.
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