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Quantity Is Quality At American Dismantlers

Brad Ellis, Aron Ellis, Jordan Ellis and George Ellis are part of three generations who run American Dismantlers & Recycling.



Irving Maldaver and Suzanne Ellis started Maldaver Co Inc., an automotive surplus company, in Detroit, Mich. in 1942. It evolved into American Dismantlers & Recycling, Inc. with the help of sons George Ellis and Brad Ellis.

“My parents were ‘old school’ and extremely conservative,” stated George, current owner. “They were strictly wholesale. My brother Brad and I knew that we wanted to expand, to buy more product, reach a larger audience, and purchase and renovate more warehouses in order to stay competitive and survive.” 

As a result, American Dismantlers & Recycling currently has about one million-square-feet of indoor space plus 20 acres of outdoor storage.

The space is needed because buying in large quantities is one of the selling points at American Dismantlers & Recycling. Customers are likely to find the part in stock and the company is able to pass along the savings that comes with bulk purchases. 

American Dismantlers & Recycling ( purchases surplus parts, past model parts and parts that are functional but have small cosmetic defects. It’s a winwin for both parties and a plus for the environment since the parts are recycled and not landfilled. 

“Our unique selling points are pricing and quality,” stated John Kerstetter, general manager. “We give customers an alternative to buying aftermarket parts.”

“We also approach manufacturers and OEM suppliers with perspective asset recovery programs,” noted George Ellis.

One successful program was North American Parts, Inc., a joint venture that American Dismantlers & Recycling had with Ford Motor Company.

“We managed all of Ford’s parts distribution centers, handled all of the body and assembly, basic manufacturing, engine and transmission plants, and so on,” explained Brad. “The arrangement lasted about a decade, until it was taken over by Greenleaf.”

The company ensures things run smoothly for its customers, primarily automotive recyclers and exporters.

“Domestic automotive recyclers can search our inventory via the Hollander system,” said Brad. “Exporters are always welcome to come visit our facilities and put together a semi-load or container.” 

American Dismantlers & Recycling’s customers remain first and foremost.

“Our father taught us never to burn bridges,” said George. “This is the important premise behind this family business that is seven decades strong.”

Suzanne, their mother and co-owner agrees. At 86, her vitality and knowledge continue to be assets to the business. Jordan Ellis and Aron Ellis, the youngest family members in the business, work in purchasing and sales.

“Our customers are now second and third generation, too,” said Jordan. “Aron and I are so proud to be a part of this viable family business, and like our grandparents and fathers before us, plan to continue to expand and make positive innovations to promote a successful business environment here in Detroit.”

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