Fall 2017

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Classic Success

When Brian Smyth and Jason McClure were 14 years old, one of their favorite activities was to play tag among the cars in the recycling yard. Fast forward to adulthood and they’re still running around the yard - this time in a more official capacity, as co-owners of Desert Valley Auto Parts in Phoenix, Ariz. It’s been a journey propelled by a lifelong passion for cars and a powerful friendship.

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm, slammed Texas over the weekend of August 25 – 27. It made landfall on Friday between Port Arkansas and Port O’Connor, became a Category 1 storm by Saturday morning and was downgraded to a tropical storm by Sunday. Before Harvey was over, it made landfall twice more, hitting not only Texas, but Louisiana as well. Its effects will take years to recover from.

IRT 2017

Auto recyclers from around the world descended on Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada in early September for the 2017 International Roundtable on Auto Recycling (IRT). The event, held Sept. 6 - 8, 2017 at the Hilton Niagara Falls Hotel & Suites, was co-hosted by the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) and the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA).

Giving Back

Students at Northwest Iowa Community College’s two-year auto program are learning some valuable skills. Not only are they learning how to diagnose auto problems and repair both gas and diesel vehicles, they are also learning the importance of giving back to the community.

Parts Smarts

When Bob Fiegleman graduated with a business degree from Penn State, he had dreams of turning his passion for fun and laughter into a career as a comedian and writer. Instead, he founded Morgan Highway Auto Parts in Scranton, Pa. Would things have worked out differently if Bob’s dad had been in the entertainment business rather than the scrap business? Who knows? Thankfully the people of Scranton, as well as anyone with access to a phone or the Internet, can do business with Bob when they need to buy used auto parts and vehicles. And, if a customer is lucky enough to speak with Bob on the phone, they’re sure to get a couple of laughs too.

On Alert

Tim McMillon wants to spread the word about the Takata airbag recall – even if it means talking to just one Honda driver at a time. Tim McMillon wants to spread the word about the Takata airbag recall – even if it means talking to just one Honda driver at a time. McMillon, the President and CEO of M & K Used Auto Parts, Inc., in Orange City, Fla., said that whenever he sees someone driving a Honda – usually a customer at his yard – he’ll ask if they’ve checked to see if there is a recall on the vehicle’s airbag.
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