Fall 2015

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Locator UpFront

15 Minutes With Mike Swift

If there’s one thing that Mike Swift is passionate about, it’s auto recycling. Maybe it’s because he grew up in the business, watching his grandfather and working alongside his father. Or maybe it’s because he enjoys building a vibrant, state-of-the-art facility as he and his brother Steven Swift have done at Swift’s Trails End Auto Recycling in Des Moines, Iowa.

FOR SALE

How would you go about selling your yard if you were to retire, or to sell for any reason?

SUNSHINE STATE

Greg Weaver is finally back at home. Weaver grew up in Florida and lived there until 2009, when he moved north to help his father, Bill Weaver, grow All Metal Auto Recycling, a business they co-own in Danville, Va. The father-son team also co-owns Weaver Industrial Equipment, also located in Danville.

Are You Ready?

Credit card companies are taking action against hackers by beefing up the security on their cards and card processing systems. Breaches, like the 40-million credit card breach at Target during the 2013 holiday season, have prompted the companies to create a new way to process transactions using EMV credit cards.

PROUD LEGACY

There are 15 auto recycling facilities in Cleveland County, North Carolina. But Standridge Auto Parts in Shelby, N.C. stands out as something special. In a male-dominated industry, it’s a facility run by three women.

THANK YOU

Employee recognition is an essential part of any healthy, productive work environment. Recognizing employees increases their productivity, morale, quality of work and customer service.

OMAR WAHID

There’s nowhere to go but up for Omar Wahid. He is the president of Gray & White Used Parts Company, based in Carrollton, Ga., which just opened its fourth location in June 2015. In less than 20 years the company has quadrupled in size at a steady pace. His employees claim that success is because of how Omar runs the business.

Good Job

We call them boss, manager, employers and they are the key to team building and team retention. This issue salutes one of the best of the best in our industry ... a boss who excels and is appreciated. Quite frankly I see the name boss as a “four letter word” and not always very complimentary. I would opt for company leader as opposed to boss. After all is leadership what we as employees or members of a company team expect from one whom we are accountable to?

SEEING GREEN

What do you do when you are faced with the worst winter in recorded history? Well, if you’re Dan Warila, owner of Nationwide Auto Recycling LLC in Lancaster, Mass., the solution is to install solar panels on the roof of your giant building. Dan has spent his entire life in the auto recycling business, an industry that by definition is one committed to sustaining a greener planet, so he wasn’t about to let a little record snowfall get in his way.
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