October 2014




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Tennessee Chamber Recognizes Pull-A-Part

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry has acknowledged three Tennessee Pull-A-Part locations for preventing water and air pollution, reducing waste sent to landfills, conserving resources and overall environmental excellence.

The company’s Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville locations were given the 2014 award for water quality, the 2014 award for air quality, a certificate of recognition in solid and hazardous waste management and a certificate of recognition for environmental excellence.

The Tennessee Chamber’s Environment and Energy Awards ceremony was held on October 2, 2014 at the Nashville Renaissance. Steve Levetan, Executive Vice President of Pull-A-Part, participated in the event, accepting the environmental awards on behalf of the company.

Since its founding in 1997, the company has made a commitment to resource conservation, waste reduction and pollution prevention, earning acclaim for outstanding corporate and environmental citizenship from a number of federal, state and local organizations. In Tennessee alone, the company has been recognized by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Keep Tennessee Beautiful, the Memphis Fire Services Division and the Rural / Metro Fire Department in Knoxville.

“The management of end-of-life vehicles in Tennessee directly affects air quality, water purity and the volume of waste in state landfills, and Pull-A-Part, at its three Tennessee locations, prevents water pollution, reduces waste sent to landfills and conserves resources,” said Amy G. Martin, Associate Vice President, Environment & Energy Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry Tennessee Manufacturers Association. “Pull-A-Part sets the standard for handling and recycling end-of-life vehicles because of its intentional commitment to resource conservation, waste reduction and pollution prevention.”

“Pull-A-Part is honored to be counted among the select number of Tennessee businesses being acknowledged for environmental leadership in 2014, and we are grateful to the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry for presenting us with awards in a number of categories this year - and in years past,” said Ross Kogon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pull-A-Part. “Pull-A-Part traces its roots to a business begun 106 years ago, when our family member, Morris Cohen, began buying used appliances and scrap, cleaning them up and selling them or their components for a modest profit. Even then, our business was based on the value of reclamation. Pull-A-Part is proving that in the 21st century, environmental stewardship, customer service and financial sustainability are equal components of a successful business.”


ARA Expects Record Number Of International Attendees At Nashville Event

ARA reported that auto recyclers and industry executives from more than 10 countries have registered to attend the organization’s upcoming annual convention and exposition. ARA’s 71st Convention & Exposition is on October 22 – 25 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

“We are excited to welcome attendees from around the globe,” said ARA President, Ed MacDonald. “Automotive recycling business owners and our automotive industry partners recognize that ARA’s Annual Convention and Exposition is the premier event of the automotive recycling industry, and we are looking forward to showing them everything that our program has to offer.”

Attendees are expected from as far away as New Zealand, the Netherlands, Japan, Estonia, and the Russian Federation.

“One of the greatest attractions for international attendees are our top-notch educational sessions,” said ARA CEO, Michael E. Wilson. “This year’s educational and training program is focused on seven key areas: business management, future technology, operations, profitability, salesmanship, sustainability, and global perspectives.”

ARA’s Annual Convention and Exposition consistently draws automotive recycling facility owners and managers, industry experts, auction dealers, insurance personnel, rebuilders, body shop personnel, collision repairers, scrap dealers and the press.

To register and for more information, visit the 2014 Annual Convention and Exposition website at www.araexpo.org or call (571) 208-0428.


Quebec Auto Recyclers Sign Catalytic Converter Agreement

NovX21, Inc., based in Montreal, Quebec, has signed a framework supply agreement with the Quebec Association of Auto Parts Recyclers (ARPAC). The association’s 84 members will supply the precious metals recovery company with catalytic converters.

The agreement was signed at ARPAC’s annual meeting on Sept. 19 – 20, 2014. NovX21 stated in a release that currently Quebec recyclers are losing the added value in catalytic converter recovery to intermediaries who buy their converters for firms with activities outside the province.

Now the converters will be supply NovX21’s first commercial plant, which is scheduled to start operations in 2015. NovX21 operates an industrial prototype plant for the recovery of Platinum Group Elements (Platinum, Palladium and Rhodium, or PGMs). The plant is located near Quebec City in St-Augustin-de-Desmaures. NovX21’s mission is to sustainably recover precious metals by recycling end-of-life PGM-containing components while meeting global “green” standards for the automobile industry.


MATR Plans Annual Event

The Missouri Auto & Truck Recyclers association (MATR) has invited members to attend its 40th annual convention, meeting and trade show at Camden on the Lake, in Lake Ozark, Mo.

The event includes a MATR board meeting, annual member meeting, speakers Chad Counts of Counts Consulting, and Mark Schrader, CECM, from PDC Laboratories, plus cocktails and a dinner.

Visit www.matronline.com for more information or email info@matronline.com.


Condolences To Buessing Family

Our condolences to the family of Mark Buessing. Buessing, died on October 10, 2014. He was 62 years old. Buessing was the president of American Auto Recycling in Gilbert, Ariz. He was also active in the industry, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for ARA’s educational and scholarship foundation. Buessing was also named one of The Locator’s Most Influential auto recyclers of 2009.

Messages can be sent to the family from the Valley of the Sun Mortuary & Cemetery guest book until November 13, 2015, http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/DignityMemorial/guestbook.aspx?n=mark-buessing&pid=172815094.



November Deadlines.

  • October 22, 2014: Listings for The Locator Magazine.

  • October 27, 2014: Display ads for The Locator Magazine.

  • October 30, 2014: The Locator Magazine goes to press.

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