March 2013

March 2013: In this issue ...

ARA Preparing “Automotive Recycling 101” Briefing For Congressional Staff

ARA is preparing a historic briefing for Congressional staff during the March Mid-Year Board Meeting, Business Conference, Hill Day and Legislative Summit on March 12 - 15, 2013.

This Briefing will help the staff that writes policy for members of Congress to better understand the automotive recycling industry and be more educated about the facilities of professional automotive recyclers.

With extensive staff turnover every election cycle, ARA’s efforts to educate are never-ending. Auto recyclers will present the briefing in three parts: how a recycler manages and processes end-of-life vehicles, the legislative issues that affect the auto recycling industry and a discussion segment.

ARC Launches Gold Seal Certified Auto Recycler Program

The Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) has launched its Gold Seal Program to provide high-quality recycled auto parts, with no surprises on delivery.

The Gold Seal Program is a voluntary quality assurance accreditation program for ARC Members that utilizes a series of standards, audits and CSI requirements to help ensure high quality recycled parts are reliably provided to repairers, insurers and the motoring public. All ARC members are already audited to the Canadian Auto Recyclers Environmental Code (CAREC), and now Gold Seal certification takes those qualified members to the next level.

Successful applicants will lead the automotive recycling industry by implementing industry standards for customer service and recycled part quality based on the highest professional service goals and ethical business practices in the automotive recycling industry.

“This was the natural evolution of our industry,” said Steve Fletcher, ARC Managing Director. “Recyclers have seen the benefits of their CAREC certification and Gold Seal addresses the needs of our key customers to ensure a smoother interface and experience with our industry.”

Modeled after the Automotive Recyclers Association’s (ARA) successful Gold Seal Program, the ARC version of the business certification model plays off of the strength of the ARC recycler network and the unique characteristics of the Canadian market.

“We are pleased to be the first international association to support ARA’s efforts to enhance the auto recycling industry on a global scale. Adding on to the existing Gold Seal model has meant a smooth transition for our Members,” added Fletcher.

The program will be tested in Ontario and launched nationally in the Spring of 2013.

For more information on the Gold Seal Program or to find local Gold Seal recyclers visit or contact Steve Fletcher at or 519-858-8761.

Spanglers Get Their Auto Recycling Facility Back

The Citizen Telegram in Rifle, Colo. recently published an article about Ken and Jinx Spangler and their facility, Spangler's Auto Salvage, also in Rifle.

The couple sold the facility in 2007, after running it for 30 years, for personal health reasons. But, when the new owners didn’t keep up with the payments, the Spanglers repossessed it in late 2012.

“Their idea of a salvage yard is different than the one we have,” Jinx Spangler was quoted in the article. Jinx said the former owners, who changed the business’ name to CARS - Creative Auto Recyclers & Salvage, crushed more vehicles because of high metal prices.

“We couldn’t believe it when we saw what they had done,” she added. “They had crushed so many old cars and trucks, appliances, there wasn’t anything left.”

The newspaper wrote that the Spanglers hope to build inventory back up, but perhaps not quite as large.

“We think a community needs a salvage yard,” Jinx was quoted. “People come to us for parts and such and that’s important.”

“We made two mistakes,” Ken added in the article. “We sold the business and we financed it with the wrong people. But I don’t want to say anything bad about them. They just had a completely different idea of what a salvage yard should be.”

Since the couple resumed operating the salvage yard, the response has been very positive, Ken Spangler added.

You can read the entire article here.

General Motors Launches Recycling Partnership

General Motors (GM) intends to boost the automotive recycling infrastructure in the south-eastern United States through its new Suppliers’ Partnership for the Environment Southern Network. The company aims to increase its number of non-landfill facilities from 104 to 125 by 2020, through sharing best practice in recycling and reuse.

The project went live on February 19, when GM invited a group of carmakers, suppliers, recycling partners and government officials to discuss waste reduction challenges and recycling opportunities at its complex in Spring Hill, Tenn.

“Compared to other regions where GM has plants, the southeast has opportunity to build up its recycling economy,” said John Bradburn, GM’s manager of Waste Reduction Efforts. He claimed that by connecting local recyclers with influential companies in the area, “we can start to address the gaps and build a more robust infrastructure that will help the auto industry and beyond to leave a smaller footprint.” He added, “No one entity can solve this challenge; it will take many people to help transform how businesses manage their waste.”

GM said all its byproducts are useful and marketable, currently generating revenues of around $ 1 billion each year, as collaboration with the Suppliers’ Partnership network had already produced tangible benefits, such as the idea of converting oil-soaked booms into parts for the Chevrolet Volt electric car.

For more information, visit

Locator Offering Multiple Association Ads In April

The Locator is selling April association ads for the ARM - Auto Recyclers of Michigan Road Show, the Upper Midwest Auto & Truck Recyclers Convention & Trade Show and the OATRA - Ohio Auto & Truck Recyclers Association show. The ads cost $185 is inclusive of two ads, normally priced at $395.

Contact Cindy or Dennis at 800-831-0820 to order yours for the April 2013 Locator Magazine.

April Deadlines

March 27, 2013: Listings for The Locator Magazine.
April 1, 2013: Display ads for The Locator Magazine.
April 4, 2013: The Locator Magazine goes to press.

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