Most Influential Environmentalists

Jay Brosten & Larry Brosten, Auto Parts City, Inc., Illinois


It took 20 years to become a reality, but Auto Parts City, Inc. in Gurnee,. was worth the wait. Brothers Larry Brosten and Jay Brosten opened their 21st century auto recycling facility in 2010. The complex is heated with recycled oil, operates with natural lighting, uses sophisticated drainage systems, employs an electrical crusher and functions with low-flow plumbing.

"In our business we've seldom seen any operator more concerned about the environment than Jay and Larry Brosten," said George Metos, S3 Software Solutions LLC ( "They are as forward thinking as any operator we've seen."

The Green Business League named Auto Parts City ( its Green Business of the Year on Earth Day, April 22, 2010.

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