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BLOCK PARTY

Wren Sleyster of Avenue Auto Wrecking in Kansas City, Mo. (www.avenueautoparts.com), has found an innovative way to protect his auto recycling facility, as well as the environment.

15 MINUTES WITH ED MACDONALD

When Ed MacDonald takes over the ARA presidency in November, he will be the fourth Canadian in that role. But, the owner of Maritime Auto Salvage in Debert, Nova Scotia, will be the first with a truly global, rather than American, focus. Here’s more of what he revealed in a 15-minute interview with The Locator.

JIM BUTLER

Jim Butler has been in the auto recycling industry for decades. He is co-owner of Butler’s Auto Recycling, Inc. in Pensacola, Fla. He’s been an ARA regional director, FADRA president (twice) a two-time Locator Most Influential and he worked with the Florida DEP to start the state’s prestigious Green Yards program. Now, he’s Locator UpFront’s 2013 Boss of the Year.

ALTERNATIVE PARTS

Three members of the collision repair industry, three auto recyclers and one insurance representative sat down together for an hour and a half at the 2013 Hollander International Innovation Summit for a panel discussion on the utilization of alternative parts.

WORK SMARTER

Jason and Carrie Fisher are third generation owners of J & R Truck Parts (www.jandrtruckparts.com). Founded in 1982 by Jason’s grandfather, Jason and Carrie bought the business from Jason’s parents in 2008. They evolved the business from, as Jason and Carrie described, an “old-school junkyard” to a “full-service, state-of-the-art automotive recycling facility.”

MARKET SAVVY

You’ve spent years building your company’s reputation. Now, with social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, etc.) one bad review can possibly deter dozens of potential customers from doing business with you.

ALL-PURPOSE RECYCLER

Leveille’s Auto Recyclers, located in Somers, Conn. (www.leveilles.com), has been around since John Leveille founded it in 1956, but that tidy used auto parts business has kept up with a changing industry. The late Stanley Jablonski purchased Leveille’s Auto Recyclers in 1995, and quickly expanded it to a metals recycling facility.

INDUSTRY LEGEND

Don Phelps could have retired a decade ago. But when your job is your hobby, you don’t need to give it up.

TRADING PARTNERS

When we started this our new facility two years ago, we knew that it was very important that we started with the correct yards to trade with. Not just the best prices, but the best quality, business practices and warranty along with the highest ethical standards. When looking to build a trading network I have found the most important keys to success are communication, trading agreements and evaluation of trading partners.

BUSINESS SMARTS

How do you gain a reputation as one of the smartest guys in the industry? Don’t be afraid to look dumb. “Don’t let your ego get in the way of getting advice, either from industry consultants or peers,” explained Kent Rothwell, president and CEO of Weaver Automotive, headquartered in Carnesville, Ga. “Don’t be scared to have people tell you how dumb you are. We are all human, and from time to time we all do dumb stuff. The key is having relationships with folks that will point those times out for you.”

IRT 2013

The International Roundtable on Auto Recycling (IRT) gives auto recyclers from around the world to come together to discuss industry topics, best practices and exchange national information. Held roughly every 18 months, this year’s event - the seventh held - takes place in conjunction with the ARA Annual Convention & Trade Show in Phoenix, Ariz. (www.ARAExpo.com) on November 10 - 12, 2013.
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