March 2014

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Jerry Brock Honored For Charitable Giving

Jerry Brock of Brock Supply Co. was presented with the Spirit of Tempe Award by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. The award was given in recognition of what the Tempe Chamber describes as a “lifetime achievement of service, dedication and contribution to the community and honors hard work and strong commitment to improving the quality of life in Tempe,” and is given annually to only one recipient.

“Jerry embodies just what this community is about: Do good, help others do good and don’t worry about who takes credit. He measures success not simply in reaching his goals but in helping others reach theirs as well. His unheralded involvement in local charities and causes has made a powerful impact on Tempe, and we are proud to honor him,” said Mary Ann Miller, president and CEO of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, in their announcement.

For years, Brock has been involved in various charities including the Boys and Girls Club, the American Cancer Society, the Center for Hope, and the Tempe Community Council. Brock continues to donate and has thus far given over $1,000,000.

“I am touched and humbled by this award. Contributing to our community has been and continues to be very gratifying. I am especially thankful for the key people who have helped me accomplish my goals. I encourage everyone to find a way to help those in your community who are in need,” said Brock.

Brock Supply Co. is a leading national auto parts and supplies wholesaler based in Tempe, AZ. Founded in 1960, Brock Supply serves the automotive recycling, repair, service and body shop industries with new aftermarket auto parts and supplies. Brock Supply has a catalog of over 12,000 products and delivers from three national distribution centers located in Arizona, Texas and Virginia. More information can be found at

80-Acre Classic Yard For Sale

A recent for sale ad has put classic vehicle owners and enthusiasts on high alert. Hemmings Daily ( has posted a for sale listing for L&L Classic Auto in Wendell, Idaho. The classic salvage yard sits on 80 acres and includes more than 8,000 vehicles. News sources from across the country, including AutoWeek, Fox News and the New York Times, reported on the sale.

The listing is enticing to buyers and restorers of classic vehicles because L& L Classic Auto features 8,000 parts cars, but also more than 1,000 warehoused parts and 400 project cars. The vehicles range from the 1920s to the 1980s. The yard has been open for more than 50 years.

The description mentions that the owner, Larry Harms, is ready-to-retire and wants to sell. The yard is one of the largest in the northwest. It contains mostly domestic vehicles and is 75 percent inventoried. Harms is asking for $3 million.

Four-Alarm Fire Damages Standard Auto Wreckers

Standard Auto Wreckers in Toronto, Canada ( is on the rebound after a four-alarm fire broke out at the facility on Mar. 3, 2014.

Collision Repair Magazine ( reported that the fire started around 1:30 a.m., while the business was closed. Three people were at the business but none were harmed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The business rebounded quickly and announced on Facebook that it was open a day later. The office area was not touched by the flames. David Gold, owner, told Collision Repair Magazine that the fire probably started in the dismantling and warehouse area. The company’s 24-hour personnel saw the fire and reported it.

Visit Us At GMARE

The Greater Midwest Automotive Recyclers Expo (GMARE) will be held at the Marina Inn Conference Center in South Sioux City, Neb. on March 20 - 22 and The Locator will be there. Stop by our booth and say hi to Locator Sales Representative Cindy VanAuken.

The event is sponsored by the Automotive Recycling Industry of Nebraska (ARIN). This is the 21st GMARE event. It features a vendor expo, yard tours, training and a banquet. Contact ARIN at 402-476-1528 or for more information.


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  • March 26, 2014: Listings for The Locator Magazine.

  • March 31, 2014: Display ads for The Locator Magazine.

  • April 3, 2014: The Locator Magazine goes to press.

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