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The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) recently held its 2014 Convention & Expo in Nashville, Tenn. The association gave out several industry awards and revealed new appointments. The announcements were made at the Friday night awards dinner on Oct. 24, 2014.
Jerry Brock, owner of Brock Supply Co. a national auto parts and supplies wholesaler based in Tempe, Ariz., was awarded the 2014 President’s Award. The ARA President’s Award is an honor bestowed by the association’s president to an individual who has shown exemplary dedication to the industry through their service and work on behalf of the association.
Ed MacDonald, now the Immediate Past-President of ARA, said about his choice for the 2014 President’s Award, “Jerry Brock and Brock Supply have exhibited at every ARA Convention since 1967. His history of support to ARA, the culture of giving back that is instilled within his company, and service within his home state of Arizona speak volumes about the kind of man Jerry is. His enthusiasm and passion for the industry is contagious. Jerry is a true asset to the automotive recycling industry and we are lucky to have him.”
“I am very grateful and humbled to receive this award,” said Brock. “The association has benefited me as an automotive recycler and an associate member. The support of ARA, as well as the many friendships we have made, has been priceless. I dedicate this honor to past and present members of the ARA.”
Reitman Auto Parts & Sales, Inc., located in Melbourne, Ky., was given the 2014 CAR Member of the Year award. The award honors an ARA member business that has shown exemplary dedication to the industry and the Certified Automotive Recycler (C.A.R.) program. Established in 1927, Reitman Auto Parts & Sales is a family-owned professional automotive recycling facility in its 3rd generation of successful operation. “Its owners, the Reitman family, have always made the safe and environmentally friendly process of recycling vehicles the basis of their business model, and have served as a role model to their colleagues on the importance of certification,” said MacDonald.
Steve Holland, co-owner of Brandon Auto Salvage, in Valrico, Fla., was named the 2014 Member of the Year. The award honors an ARA member who has shown exemplary dedication to the industry through their service and work on behalf of the Association.
“Steve has been at the forefront of the legislative arena, is a strong and dedicated advocate on behalf of ARA member businesses, his state affiliate chapter, and ARA,” said MacDonald. “He has spent countless hours in the statehouse fighting to level the playing field for professional automotive recyclers, is active in his local community and numerous civic organizations. His warm personality, industry knowledge, positive attitude and willingness to give back to the ARA community are true asset to our Association.”
Holland currently serves as chairperson of ARA's Events Advisory Committee and is a longtime member of the Governmental Affairs Committee. Since 1971, Holland and Ken Anderson have taken pride in building Brandon Auto Salvage into one of the most progressive and organized salvage operations in the world. The company is an active community supporter, participating in numerous civic organizations and sponsoring youth activities.
The new members of the 2014 - 2015 ARA Executive Committee were also announced. Ricky Young, owner of Young's Auto Center & Salvage in Benson, N.C, gave his inaugural speech as the next president of ARA. Mike Swift, co-owner of Swift's Trails End Auto Recycling in Des Moines, Iowa, stepped into the first vice president position. RD Hopper, of Sonny’s Auto Salvage in Jacksonville, Ark., is now the second vice president and David Gold, co-owner of Standard Auto Wreckers in Toronto, Ontario, is the newest member as secretary.
ARA also announced that Dwight Howard will be the association’s Director of Industry Relations for ARA and consultant for ARA’s for-profit subsidiary, ARA Product Services. Howard has a long history in the industry. He has worked for GreenLeaf Auto Recyclers, APU Solutions and Hollander, Inc.
The Automotive Recyclers of Minnesota (ARM) is inviting its member-yards to become part of the MN-CAR Program (Minnesota Certified Automotive Recycler Program). The MN-CAR program can help facilities navigate storm water reporting and testing, HazCom training requirements and other regulations and requirements.
The program is designed to help members improve their performance as professional recyclers and will recognize and certify that enrolled members, passing an audit, meet specified general business, environmental, safety, licensing and regulatory standards. Participants will improve their compliance with applicable environmental and safety regulations and reduce their risk of an enforcement action.
The MN-CAR program has been approved and accredited by ARA, so MN-CAR certified members, who are also ARA members, will be considered to be participating members of ARA’s CAR program and eligible to participate in ARA’s Gold Seal program.
To enroll in ARM's MN-CAR Program, go to www.autorecyclermn.net and fill out and sign the MN-CAR application form. There is also an annual $350 MN-CAR fee. Participation is completely optional.
Urban Mining, a 2014 ARA exhibitor, launched a new app for catalytic converter processing at ARA’s 71st Convention & Expo in Nashville, Tenn. The app, called Converter Data, offers suppliers the chance to view information about catalytic converters in real time. It provides users with professional images of catalytic converters and is search with general descriptions, years, makes, models, manufacturers and part numbers, as well as group values and market values. Users can monitor the Platimum Group Metals market prices, which allows them to create accurate price lists.
"This will prevent businesses from making poor buying decisions and make purchases more profitable," said Chief Information Officer Wesley Riley.
The app is currently available on Android smartphones and tablets and will be available in the iTunes store. For more information, visit www.urbanmining.works or call 844-533-5055.
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