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Hollander, Inc. will hold its second annual Innovation Summit Sept. 24 - 26, 2014. The event features speakers and sessions to help automotive recyclers become more productive, profitable and grow their business.
“The fact is, today’s successful yards use sophisticated technology to track inventory, streamline the recycling process and sell second life parts online,” said Anders Moeller, managing director at Hollander. “We want to tap into their knowledge about technology and tune in to their needs to help drive our business and the industry forward.”
The summit is two-and-a-half days of sessions, presentations, keynote speeches and ample opportunities for networking.
Sessions will cover topics like boosting online sales, selling parts internationally, increasing yard efficiency and marketing to Generation Y customers. The keynote speakers are: Robert B. Tucker, president of The Innovation Resource (www.innovationresource.com); Ryan Friedlinghaus, founder and CEO of West Coast Customs (www.westcoastcustoms.com); and John Strosahl, eBay vice president (www.ebay.com).
Attendees can also visit Hollander’s Technology Test Drive Center and try out new industry software and technology. Several of Hollander’s IT experts will also be on hand to give technology advice or answer questions.
“The response to our 2013 Innovation Summit was fantastic, which is why we’re bringing it back,” said Mary Moberg, Hollander’s marketing director. “We had people who attended last year’s event begging us to do it again this year.”
Go to www.hollanderparts.com to register.
The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) sent a letter to Louisiana Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell recently responding to mischaracterizations and disparaging statements made about recycled automotive parts.
In public comments related to a recent lawsuit filed by the Louisiana Attorney General's Office against State Farm Insurance for allegedly steering consumers to direct repair providers who must comply with insurer requirements for replacement parts, Attorney General Caldwell said, “In some cases, we've found that these parts are nothing more than used junk yard parts.”
The Attorney General’s statement leads consumers to believe that salvaged / recycled automotive parts are unsafe and inferior to new original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. Recycled genuine original OEM parts meet OEM requirements. They are OEM parts, designed by the OEM, and built to meet the OEM requirements for fit, finish, durability, reliability and safety. Attorney General Caldwell's mischaracterization of recycled automotive parts does a disservice to consumers in Louisiana by seeking to limit their access to safe, affordable and environmentally friendly automobile repairs.
In the September 8 letter, ARA CEO Michael E. Wilson pointed out that the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently affirmed the use of salvage recycled OEM crash parts in vehicle repairs. The Court also found that neither the West Virginia Automotive Crash Parts Act not Consumer Credit and Protection Act statute prohibited body shops or insurers from utilizing these parts, that aftermarket crash parts and salvage/recycled OEM crash parts are “diametrically” different products and not interchangeable, and, moreover, applauded the insurers for using measures to reduce premium costs for their customers.
“The West Virginia ruling is a significant step forward for the professional automotive recycling industry and the increased utilization of genuine, recycled OEM parts,” said ARA CEO Michael E. Wilson. “Regrettably, not all state attorneys general have done their homework and educated themselves about our industry and the critical role that recycled OEM automotive parts play in the market.”
Go to www.a-r-a.org to read the entire letter.
A golf tournament will be held at the Arizona Auto Recycler’s Association (AARA) annual meeting on Oct. 11, 2014 to benefit longtime Brock Supply employee, Wendy Wilson. Wilson was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2004. She underwent a lumpectomy, six chemotherapy treatments and 34 radiation treatments.
In 2008 an MRI found the breast cancer had metastasized to bone cancer in her arm. The cancer was not curable, but treatable. She underwent 27 chemotherapy treatments and 10 treatments of extreme radiation.
Wilson is currently taking medication that kills her estrogen-based cancer cells, helps strengthen her bones and ultimately extends her life. She recently had a CAT scan to see how her body is responding to her current medicine. She has eight spots of bone cancer, three that are continuing to grow, so she will need to do a third round of chemotherapy and radiation. She will need to receive monthly treatment for the rest of her life to keep her cancer under control.
Wilson has continued to work 40 hours per week at Brock Supply, aside from two week-long hospital stays and chemotherapy treatments. “I could be sick at home or busy at work. And, I need to work,” she said.
Even with health insurance, Wilson’s medical expenses cost $8,000 to $10,000 per year. This event will help her with those expenses.
The benefit will be held at the Gold Canyon Ranch in Apache Junction, Ariz. Go to www.aara.com to print a registration form or to make a donation.
Three state associations will soon hold member events.
The Auto & Truck Recyclers of Illinois (ATRI) is holding its annual event, “Taking Illinois Back To The Future,” on Sept. 19 - 20, 2014. The event will be held at the Embassy Suites East Peoria Hotel & Conference Center in East Peoria, Ill. It will focus on Illinois auto recycling issues including how to rid the state of unregulated buyers and what’s new environmentally. Contact Michelle Lechner at 877-880-2874 for more information.
The Pennsylvania Automotive Recycling Trade Society (PARTS) will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the 2014 trade show and annual meeting on Sept. 26 - 27 at the Four Point Sheraton North in Mars, Pa. The event will include vendors, educational sessions, networking, yard tour and entertainment. Contact Kay at 877-211-0266.
Barry Rubin, of American Auto Salvage in Fort Worth, Texas, will host the Texas Automotive Recyclers Association (TARA) 2014 Conference & Trade Show. It will be held Oct. 10 - 11. It will feature a live auction. Go to www.texasara.com for more information.
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