July 2015

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Panhandle Expands Into Midwest

Panhandle Converter Recycling has expanded its capability to recycle precious metals from catalytic converters, into the Midwest. The company announced that Chicago Industrial Catalytic, based in Chicago, Ill., is now a certified partner. The companies held a joint press conference and ribbon cutting on July 8.

“It's such a thrill to have Chicago Industrial Catalytic on board,” said Lyle A. Peluso Jr, President of Panhandle Converter Recycling (www.panhandleconverters.com). “I believe with this partnership and the urban mining Midwest expansion plans, we will see even more economic development and growth for the city of Chicago in the near future.”

Peluso stated in the press conference that Panhandle Converter Recycling had been looking to expand in the Midwest for a while and found the perfect partner in Jack Reichel, owner of Chicago Industrial Catalytic.

Panhandle Converter Recycling's corporate office is located in Dothan, Ala., and has locations nationwide.

IAA Launches Buyer App For Apple Watch

Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), a business unit of KAR Auction Services, and the leading live and live-online salvage auto auction company, announced the launch of the IAA Buyer Watch App, an application customized for the Apple Watch, that enables buyers to view the status of their vehicles in the bidding process through notifications on their wrists.

The first app of its kind to be adapted for wearable technology, the IAA Buyer Watch App gives buyers a quick graphical view of the status of their vehicles during the Watch and Pre-bid portions of the bidding process without having to use their mobile phones.

“IAA is proud to be the first to market for smart wearable device technology in the salvage industry,” said John Kett, CEO and president, IAA. “We have built a culture that encourages the development of innovation at an accelerated pace to be responsive to our buyers’ needs. IAA’s speed of delivery continues to improve as a result of our teams embracing agility as a philosophy, allowing us to stay ahead of the digital transformation in the business.”

In addition to offering a best-in-class buyer experience for customers, the IAA Buyer Watch App adds a critical element of time saving for buyers. The watch interface shows buyers a summary of their Watch / Pre-bid vehicles and the total vehicles on their lists that are at auction on that particular day. The IAA Buyer Watch App is free for download from the Apple Watch App StoreSM.

A video demonstration of the IAA Buyer Watch App can be seen here: https://iaa-auctions.com/services/buyvehicles.

Hollander’s Next Regional Training Summit Comes To Detroit Area

Hollander, LLC will host its third Regional Training Summit at the Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti, Mich. on August 29. The company is planning 10 educational sessions across three informative learning tracks - Inventory, System Management and Advanced Powerlink® Reporting, to help auto recyclers increase yard efficiency and profitability.

Hollander recently hosted Northeast regional customers in Philadelphia at the Ace Conference Center June 27, and added a session track on top of the original two presented at the first Summit in Atlanta to give more advanced users a broader diversity of sessions to attend.

“Two successful summits have confirmed that training is exactly what our customers were looking for,” said Anders Moeller, managing director of Hollander. “Our attendees are eager to learn about our core products, so based on customer response we may add even more sessions concerning products such as eLink and others.”

Hollander’s Regional Training Summit series is a fit for users of every skill level. Sessions help to sharpen expertise with Hollander products, particularly learning best practices for setting up and managing business operations, stores and employees in the Powerlink yard management system. Hollander also provides a Technology Test Drive Center (TTDC) for product and yard specific questions. The TTDC is staffed by Hollander service experts, the Hollander sales team and a representative from eBay Motors to answer any questions related to the world’s largest parts-based marketplace.

The Detroit event will be the third event in six months, as the Training Summit series expands farther across the United States. The full day of sessions begins at 9 a.m., with classes being capped at 4 p.m., and the Summit ending after a post-session reception social hour with food and drinks provided.

“We understand taking classes all day means a lot of information to process, so we provide a more casual environment for customers to talk with our experts and other attendees afterward, to keep them engaged and learning as much as possible,” Moeller said. “We want to make sure they return home with new ideas to leverage their investment in Hollander products even more.”

Nordstrom’s Plans Expansion

Nordstrom's Automotive, Inc., located in Garretson, S.D., plans to expand and renovate its operations. The $4 million project includes a 40,000-square-foot expansion that will centralize operations and modernize the infrastructure. This includes improvements and / or expansions to its dismantling capabilities, loading dock, truck run and distribution area, warehousing, sales and an industry training room.

The building will be made as green as possible utilizing waste oil boilers, geo thermal and modernized lighting. The Nordstrom’s team is excited about this expansion and what the future holds and knows that they will need to make these key steps to stay competitive in the automotive dismantling and parts market, according to the company’s press release. They are excited about the capacity improvements to be able to handle a continuingly growing service area and look forward to continued growth which will secure jobs and provide for increased tax revenues for the future.

There will also be year-round access to the business via a new resurfaced and paved road that will extend the entrances of the Ewe Pullet, the self-service operation, and Nordstrom’s Auto Recycling, the full-service operation.

Nordstrom’s Automotive is a family-owned company (www.nordstromsauto.com) that has been in the used parts industry since the late 1960s. Born on the family farm by Art and Marie Nordstrom, the business has steadily expanded and added on over the years. Currently owner Shannon Nordstrom and his parents work to lead an awesome team of 70-plus team members to operate their CAR (Certified Auto Recycler) facility. They are proud to offer Green Recycled used parts, OEM surplus parts, remanufactured parts, rebuilt parts and alternative aftermarket parts to customers all across the region and online worldwide.

B & R Adds Another Facility

B & R Auto Wrecking (www.autowrecking.com) has acquired the assets of German Auto Salvage, an Oregon-based auto recycling facility. This facility neighbors B & R’s existing Boring, Ore. location, just outside Portland. B&R Auto Wrecking carries late model foreign and domestic, auto and truck parts.

“The warehouse and land will immediately be incorporated into the existing B&R site,” said Brian Perlenfein, Senior Business Advisor for B & R Auto Wrecking. “It is exciting to grow this location. We had a need at this facility to have more shelf space, more room to store auto parts - this helps overcome that challenge.” Perlenfein explained that the fence in between the facilities will simply be removed, and some updates will be done on the German Auto Salvage side in order to safely store parts and more vehicles.

B & R Auto Wrecking operates 14 locations covering Oregon, Washington and Nevada. With over 1 million parts in inventory, 350 employees and 40 delivery vehicles, the family owned and operated business strives for excellence in every order.

August Deadlines

  • July 22, 2015: Listings for The Locator Magazine.

  • July 27, 2015: Display ads for The Locator Magazine.

  • July 30, 2015: The Locator Magazine goes to press.


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