Summer 2018

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NMVTIS

NMVTIS is growing in use and activity. According to AAMVA (the group that operates and manages the NMVTIS database), 96 percent of all the vehicles in the United States are represented in the database. There are a few states that are not contributing data to the database but this year grants have been given to these states, so they should be contributing data in the near future.

An Interview with a Metallurgist

Edmund Schwenk is a Metallurgist and CEO of PGM Recovery Systems, Inc. For more than 30 years, he has been engaged in the processing/refining/manufacturing of precious metals. Schwenk shared his insight about precious metals and converter recycling in today’s market.

A Family Legacy

When the local high school needs a car as a prop for their school musical, they go to Erie Auto Salvage. When the local fire department needs a car to practice on, they head to Erie Auto. And when customers all over want a friendly face and a warm reception, they, too, turn to Erie Auto. This Colorado yard is known for its friendliness, community spirit and, importantly, having the right part.

Breaking Up Isn’t Hard to Do

Although Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield may have been right about love relationships when they penned their hit, “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” when it comes to business, that notion rings less true. Customers frequently break up with their suppliers, vendors and partners. And guess what? Most of them don’t find it hard.

Scrap Metal Prices "Peaking"

For those doing some cleaning, the old, nonworking metallic items in the discard pile might be worth something. Local salvage yards are reporting the price of scrap metal is up nearly 50 percent in the past few months.

Let’s Talk Recalls

The “Let’s Talk” Series is designed to help auto recyclers understand defective Takata Airbag Recalls and make good business decisions. It was developed by Katie Stark and Paul D’Adamo, who represent the Rebuilders Auto Supply (RAS) Recall Team.

Harper's Salvage

It was a picturesque lake and plenty of family memories that sold Jody and Zara Harper on Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Not only did they enjoy visiting there, the couple decided it was ideal for the newest location of their family business, Harper’s Salvage, Sales & Service. Now they’re firmly entrenched in a successful enterprise that’s in a neighboring state from the original location.
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The Locator Magazine April 2019
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