November 2016




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Chad Counselman Selected for Secretary for Automotive Recyclers Association

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) has announced that Chad Counselman, owner of Counselman Automotive Recycling of Mobile, Ala., is the nominee for secretary for 2016 - 2017.

He will be formerly confirmed by the ARA Board of Directors during the ARA Annual Convention and Exposition held October 26 - 29, 2016 in Baltimore, Md.

Counselman grew up in the automotive recycling business founded by his grandfather James in 1966. He joined the company in 1975 and assumed the role of manager under his father Ed in 1996. With his brother James, they bought the company in 2008. Two years later, Counselman fought for Alabama recyclers by helping to defeat legislation in the Alabama Senate that would have been harmful to the industry. Shortly after, he founded the Alabama Automotive Recyclers Association (AARA) in an effort to unite the industry and provide members with the tools needed to make their voices heard.

Currently Chad is president of AARA, has been a Regional Director for ARA, and was a founding member of RCD, a cooperative transportation network of 23 recyclers that meet every night to swap parts between facilities in Leesburg and Tallahassee, Fla. and Birmingham, Ala.

“ARA is excited to welcome Chad to the Executive Committee because of his excitement and strong belief in supporting the cooperation of independently-owned automotive recycling companies at ARA’s level of excellence,” said Ricky Young, chairman of ARA’s Nominating Committee. “His innovative techniques and his willingness to constantly look for new ways to build growth for the industry will be a great benefit to ARA and its members.”


The Plastics Industry Trade Association Taps Members To Launch End-of-Life Vehicle Project

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association has announced a new project, the Automotive End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Recycling Demonstration Project, which will test the belief that increased automotive recycling is beneficial to recyclers and the plastics industry.

Organizations partnering with SPI to make this program a reality include the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA),  Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC), Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and a number of independent plastics and automotive recyclers. The goal of the ELV Recycling Demonstration Project is to develop a method of collection and recovery of Polypropylene (PP) and Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO) auto parts in a way that demonstrates technical and economic feasibility.

Approximately 12 - 15 million vehicles are scrapped each year in the U.S. The average lifespan of a vehicle is estimated to be about 11.5 years, and increasingly those vehicles are comprised of more and more plastics. Factors like using plastic to lighten the weight of vehicles helps meet heightened Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and the superior design freedom afforded by plastics are driving the increased use of plastics in new vehicle design. Recovery of plastic components before shredding is largely driven by the resale market, but some recovery for mechanical recycling is also occurring.

“We want to make sure that our members see the business benefit of recycling automotive plastics,” said Kim Holmes, senior director of recycling and diversion at SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. “The way to get real buy-in is to have concrete data that builds the business case for these recovery models.”

Another goal of the ELV Recycling Demonstration Project is to gather information to better guide design for recycling opportunities that can help inform future automotive design and recovery of plastics. “The automotive supply chain truly sees this as an opportunity to effect change on a number of levels, bringing meaningful change to the front and end of life,” said Kendra Martin, senior director of industry affairs at SPI.

Once gathered and analyzed, the project data and best management practices will be shared broadly with the automotive and plastic recycling industries. The goal is to predict trends in demand for recycled materials, so recyclers can invest in processing capacity with greater confidence. 

“As plastics continue to be a material of choice for vehicles due to their weight differences and other energy-efficient benefits, we are thrilled to play a leading role with SPI in a program and will continue to explore the benefits of recycling plastic automotive parts,” said Michael E. Wilson, CEO of the Automotive Recyclers Association.


Visit Us At ARA

The 2017 ARA Exposition & Trade Show is just around the corner and The Locator will be there. Stop by Booth #320 and say hello to Cindy VanAuken and Tina Fitzmaurice. Tina is The Locator’s newest sales rep.

Cindy and Tina will be manning The Locator booth, which will feature current copies of all our publications plus sports necklaces, which have been a hit year after year. Cindy and Tina want to catch up with you and can answer questions about all your marketing needs. See you there!


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