August 2014

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Pull-A-Part To Build Retail Superstore In Pittsburgh

Pull-A-Part, (, announced it will open a retail facility for used auto parts in West Mifflin, Pa., a borough of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Pull-A-Part, based in Atlanta, Ga., acquired a 72-acre site at 1451 Lebanon School Road. The company announced in a statement that it will build a retail facility and service areas for self-service parts. The new location also marks the company's expansion into the Northeast. When the new Pittsburgh used parts superstore opens, Pull-A-Part will operate a network of 29 DIY used auto parts superstores in 13 states.

The new Pull-A-Part retail location in West Mifflin, expected to be open for business by early 2015, is projected to create approximately 20 to 25 new jobs. The company currently is developing a site plan as part of the construction permit process.

At its new West Mifflin location, Pull-A-Part will have approximately 2,000 end-of-life vehicles available to Pittsburgh-area consumers who want to remove and buy high-quality used auto parts while contributing to environmental sustainability.

“The greater Pittsburgh area represents a strong market opportunity for Pull-A-Part, and the officials in West Mifflin have been extremely cooperative in helping us select their community as the best location for Pull-A-Part to make its first investment in Pennsylvania,” said Ross Kogon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pull-A-Part. “By expanding into Western Pennsylvania, Pull-A-Part will be able to help more customers save money on used auto parts and be able to recycle more vehicles in an environmentally responsible way. We look forward to serving new customers and being part of the community fabric in Pittsburgh.”

ARA Postpones NASCAR Branding Campaign

ARA’s Executive Committee recently sent a letter to its members announcing that its Green Recycled Parts marketing campaign that uses the NASCAR platform won’t be launched this NASCAR season.

The campaign planned to promote the Green Recycled Parts logo on cars driven by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Regan Smith, but a lack of corporate support has put the plan on hold.

“In an effort to obtain the necessary resources to adequately fund the Green Recycled Parts Motorsports Campaign involving NASCAR we reached out to large corporate donors from the automotive insurer market. A contribution program for ARA members interested in supporting the Green Recycled Parts® Motorsports Campaign was also developed with multiple levels of participation. For a variety of reasons beyond our control the necessary financial support from these outreach efforts was not realized, causing ARA to suspend its efforts on this project until sufficient funding is obtained,” the letter stated.

The Green Recycled Parts Motorsports Campaign sought to drive more parts sales and increased parts utilization through consumer awareness. Promoting the use of recycled OEM parts is one of the five objectives of ARA’s five-year strategic plan.

“ARA will continue its outreach to corporate donors to fund this public awareness campaign. As in the past, only corporate donations and voluntary member support will be solicited. We look forward to securing sufficient funding from automotive insurers so that this Campaign can be implemented to enhance the public perception of genuine, recycled OEM auto parts among the NASCAR fan base of nearly 100 million people.”

Ed MacDonald of Maritime Auto Parts, Ricky Young of Young’s Auto Center, Mike Swift of Swift's Trails End Auto Recycling, RD Hopper of Sonny's Auto Salvage, and Chris Wright of Capital Auto Parts, Inc., make up the 2013 - 2014 ARA Executive Committee.

Weitsman Recycling Buys Another East Coast Location

Upstate Shredding - Weitsman Recycling has acquired its 17th location, Eastside Metals & Recycling Corp., located in Fort Ann, N.Y.

“Washington County and the Northeast region of New York is an area I have been exploring and interested in for quite some time,” said Adam Weitsman, owner of Upstate Shredding - Weitsman Recycling. “While we had several scrap companies in the region that approached us for acquisition, we feel that Eastside has the best synergy and is the best location for our strategic plans for the rest of this year as well as 2015. Eastside has had a very hard time competing in this tough scrap economy and we look forward to bringing the financial strength needed to contend in this market. This is our third acquisition within this region of the State in the past year and we plan on opening two more in the area. With close proximity to Saratoga Springs and our current Albany retail scrap yard and port facility, we feel this location will be a perfect fit for our current and future expansion endeavors.”

Eastside Metals & Recycling is a family-owned and operated business that was founded in 2003 as a recycled auto parts vendor. Over the first few years of operation, the company grew into the region’s premier full-service scrap metal recycling and auto part center. Eastside Metals & Recycling will receive a beautification treatment that includes landscaping, new fencing, renovation of existing facilities and brand new equipment.  The staff of more than 20 employees will stay on under the new ownership and the location will be renamed Ben Weitsman of Kingsbury.

“Since 2003, we have proudly served Fort Ann and the surrounding communities. Through this acquisition, we will have the ability to pay customers higher prices for their scrap, give them longer more convenient hours, and serve them with brand new equipment. We look forward to the positive impact that the Weitsman brand and reputation will bring not only to our customers, but to the entire area who will benefit from a company that is community conscious and genuinely concerned with being a good neighbor,” stated Anthony Marro, owner of Eastside Metals & Recycling Corp.

Upstate Shredding - Weitsman Recycling ( is the East Coast’s largest privately held scrap metal processor. The company expects to process more than 1 million tons of ferrous and 250 million pounds of nonferrous this year as it continues towards its goal of $1 billion in annual debt free sales.

Indiana & California Plan Member Events

Members of the Auto Recyclers of Indiana (ARI) will get together on August 23, 2014 for a conference hosted at the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Facility in Speedway, Ind.,

Catch up with other recyclers, exhibitors, agencies, speakers and find out about all the great things happening in the industry. For more information, contact Sandy Blalock, executive director,, 505-228-0401.

SCADA, the State of California Auto Dismantlers Association will hold its 2014 Convention & Trade Show on Sept. 11 - 13. The event will include meetings, seminars, round table discussions, a golf tournament and trade show. It will be held at the Silverado Resort in Napa, Calif.

For more information go to or call 916-979-7088.

Don’t Forget - Boss of the Year Nominations Taken Now

Do you go above and beyond for your employees? Is your boss one-of-a-kind? Nominations for the Locator UpFront’s 2014 Boss of the Year are being accepted now.

Go to to nominate your boss.

The winner will be announced in the Autumn 2014 issue of the Locator UpFront.

September Deadlines

  • August 27, 2014: Listings for The Locator Magazine.

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  • September 4, 2014: The Locator Magazine goes to press.

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