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Sean Krause, Speedway Auto Parts, Ltd., Illinois


The cold winter months in Joliet, Ill. make it difficult to draw customers out to pull auto parts. Sean Krause, owner of Speedway Auto Parts, Ltd. (, found a way to make the experience a bit more comfortable for do-it-yourselfers.

Sean and his father Paul Krause received the go ahead from the Joliet City Council to turn an existing 60,000-square-foot building into an indoor self-service facility. It is tentatively scheduled to open in January 2011.

Mel Hunke, QRP Midwest ( general manager, said Sean is a leader in state and national auto recycling organizations, contributing to the development of industry legislation.

Hunke added, "Sean isn't flashy. [He's] down to earth and the recycling industry is better for it."

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