Winter 2012

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Georgia First

Georgia auto recyclers will have one less monthly bill to pay come early 2012. The state will report VINs to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) on behalf of auto recyclers for free.

Leading Role

Ted Smith, past president of the State of California Auto Dismantlers Association ( and owner of three auto-recycling facilities in California, including Hillside Truck & Auto Recyclers in Riverside (, was in a life threatening motorcycle accident during the spring of 2010. When Smith's injuries rendered him unable to continue his SCADA role, the association needed a substitute.

15 Minutes With Sue Schauls

Auto recyclers in Iowa are on a mission. They're working to separate professional auto recyclers from hobbyists with one requirement: all members of the Iowa Automotive Recyclers association (IAR, become certified through the Iowa - Certified Automotive Recyclers Environmental (I-CARE) Program. Sue Schauls is the IAR executive director, owner of Sue Schauls Consulting ( in Waterloo, Iowa and developer of the I-CARE Program.

Asian Option

As part of the auto repair industry, C. Chanthakhammy and his brother Ray Chanthakhammy patronized their share of auto recycling facilities. Over the years, they discovered that many of those facilities catered to Spanish-speaking customers, but not to an Asian-speaking clientele.

Ready, Set, Go!

When Brian Shell and Jason Finley opened GO Auto Recycling in Jacksonville, Fla. in 2009, it seemed the odds were stacked against them.

Sonny Shines

Denis Desjardins learned a lesson at age 39; he's better at running an auto recycling business than he is at playing golf.

Big Cheese

It's common knowledge that a successful business needs an informed, educated leader to set the business' goals and strategies. The owner of the company is the business' navigator, responsible for setting the destination, researching the route and executing the trip.

Fenced In

A-1 Auto Salvage ( is located on County Road 6100 near Farmington, N.M., and has been an auto recycling facility for nearly 50 years. However, if owner Brian Overturf doesn't spend nearly $200,000 on an 8-foot privacy fence by June 1, 2013, the business may close.

Your Voice

Associations unite professionals to continue their industry education, to inform members of changes and to alert businesses of critical government regulations. Whether the association is in Canada or the United States, locally based or nationally based, it is critical for auto recyclers to participate actively in a trade organization. Paying dues doesn’t make a business more informed; involvement does. Locator UpFront asked Ian Hope, AARDA executive director, to share his thoughts on the benefits these organizations provide.

Big Business

During his 40 years in the industry, Frank Heckenast Sr. has contributed to the creation of eight auto-recycling facilities, and has provided advice in the building of several others. While that may appear to be a sufficient body of work for many businessmen, Frank insists he's not done.
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