Fall 2012

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Car Tech

Like so many auto recyclers, Chad Counselman depends upon a computerized system to manage his business. But unlike the others, he had a hand in developing it.

Right Is Right

New licenses and regulations for Texas auto recyclers have been in place for two years and while the processes are propelling the industry forward, the Texas Automotive Recyclers Association (TARA) wants to make sure everyone is adhering to them.

Alvin Collier

When Alvin “Flash” Collier bought Alvin’s Auto Recycling in 1985 he only had two things to his name, a Chevrolet El Camino and his last paycheck. But, that didn’t stop him from fulfilling his dream to run his own auto recycling facility, something he wanted since his childhood.

15 Minutes With

When Chris Wright assumes the ARA presidency this fall, he’ll be continuing a longstanding family tradition. Twenty-four years ago, his father Ken Wright stepped into the very same position. Now, armed with some good advice from dad, Chris is ready to get started.

Hard Drives

Proper recycling techniques protect the environment. At A & A Auto & Truck in Shelby Township, Mich., proper recycling techniques also protect customers from identity theft.

What Now?

You’ve just been informed that the new employee you just hired fell off the ladder at a worksite and the paramedics are pretty sure he has a really bad shoulder injury, his arm may be broken and his head was bleeding pretty heavy too. The paramedics took him to the hospital.

Super Star

Neil and Sharon Harrow owned and operated Michael Auto Parts, in Orlando, Fla., for 27 years before accepting an offer from LKQ Corporation. The coupled decided it was the right time to retire. It wasn’t.

Big Event

At Off-Road Motorsports, Inc., in Wichita, Kan., you’ll find the largest inventory of used Jeep parts in the Midwest. Come October, you might also find Batman, a few pirates or maybe even a witch.

Cat Cons

Core handling is big business. Multiple core components can be sold off each vehicle. Multiply that by the millions of vehicles recycled every year, and that’s a lot of cores, more than 20 million. With an industry segment that large, auto recyclers are bound to face some problems when it comes to selling cores.

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