May 2017

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URG Acquires Inventory Ecommerce System

United Recyclers Group (URG), one of the largest progressive groups of auto recyclers in North America, formally announced its acquisition of Inventory Insite System (IIS) and its partnership with Briscoweb, a Mooresville, North Carolina Company. The IIS acquisition will allow URG to enhance its ability to provide superior technological products and services tailored to the operational needs of automotive recyclers, the group stated in a release.

"The acquisition of IIS inventory ecommerce system and subsequent integration with URG’s AutoPartSearch, will provide our recyclers with a more robust selection of retail consumer procurement applications which will in turn enhance future sales opportunities," said Kristi Werner, URG director of Business Development. "URG’s goal is to continue to advance auto recyclers online sales through our marketplace, Partnering with Briscoweb will also allow us to offer our members multiple SEO friendly ecommerce solutions and provide us the ability to offer them custom built websites."

"We have great things in store for our members in 2017 and in the future as we continue to enhance our services and build key relationships with industry related businesses. Members have access to selling tools and resources now more than ever before," according to Don Porter, Chief Executive Officer for URG.

"URG’s acquisition of our IIS System will allow the opportunity to expand the product in both features and growth," said Brian Holzberger, Chief Executive Officer for Briscoweb. "We are happy to be working with URG to help achieve this goal as we share the same interests, providing great web solutions for the automotive recycling industry."

URG announced the IIS acquisition at the URG Training Conference in San Antonio, Texas on March 23 - 25, 2017. The conference had in excess of 675 persons in attendance. The URG - Briscoweb Partnership announcement was received with a great deal of interest and excitement, the release stated.

ARA Paper Presented at Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress

Andy Latham, chair of the ARA Technical Advisory Committee, recently presented at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress on ‘The Safe Handling of High Voltage Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Components within the Global Vehicle Recycling Industry.” The event was held April 4 - 6 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Mich. The presentation was based on a paper written by the Technical Advisory Committee, ARA stated.

The auto recycling industry will have to process end-of-life electric and hybrid vehicles. The high voltage components will be reused, recycled or re-purposed. The committee’s paper explored the best working practices for businesses that are handling these vehicles - working practices that keep employees safe, minimize environmental risk, minimize fire risk and helps all professional automotive recyclers receive the best possible value for the components from these vehicles.

Latham’s presentation highlighted some of the many issues faced daily by professional automotive recyclers as they try to understand the complex nature of electric and hybrid vehicles, and how to minimize risks associated with the high voltage batteries and complex components.

"Across the world vehicle recyclers are struggling to gain access to safety advice on the handling and dismantling of electric and hybrid vehicles, and this is putting individuals and businesses at risk, risk of serious injury or fatality, risk of fire and pollution. Vehicle manufacturers and importers must make safety information freely, and easily available to all parties that have reason to require this information; this includes vehicle technicians, recovery agents, first responders, recyclers, vehicle storage operations and insurance damage assessors, and vehicle recyclers must commit to training their technicians to appropriate standards. With the support of all local, national and regional vehicle salvage associations, the vehicle repair and the vehicle manufacturing industry all potential risks can be minimized," said Latham.

A copy of the paper can be purchased from the SAE website:

Iowa Plans Summer Outing

The Iowa Automotive Recyclers (IAR) association will hold its Summer Outing & Trade Show on June 9 - 10, 2017 at the Marriott Iowa River Landing in Coralville, Iowa. The event is hosted by Ace Auto Recyclers in Iowa City.

Attendees can view equipment demonstrations, attend the trade show and several presentations. There’s also a barbecue and band planned for Saturday night at Ace Auto Recyclers. For more information visit

Classic Issue Coming Soon

The Locator’s annual Classic issue is coming soon. The Locator Magazine’s July 2017 will once again be dedicated to classic vehicles, parts and recyclers. If you have a classic vehicles or parts, you’ll want to be part of this issue.

The Locator has already expanded its classic part selection in the magazine, but this issue will also feature editorial and events surrounding classics. It is mailed nationwide to more than 10,000 shops, suppliers and recyclers. It is also available for free as a digital edition on

Listings are due May 24 and the display deadline is May 26, the Friday before Memorial Day. Ad sizes start at a CD and can go up to a Full Page, depending on the section. Ads reserved by section are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you want to advertise in the July issue, email or call 800-831-0820.

June Deadlines.

  • April 26, 2017: Listings for The Locator Magazine.

  • May 1, 2017: Display ads for The Locator Magazine.

  • May 4, 2017: The Locator Magazine goes to press.

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