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ARA Praises Transportation Secretary Foxx's Work on Language Benefitting Auto Recyclers

 
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ARA Praises Transportation Secretary Foxx’s Work on Language Benefitting Auto Recyclers
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The CEO of the Automotive Recycling Association, Michael E. Wilson, recently lauded Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx for his diligent work on implementation of the rules and regulations stemming from the multi-year highway bill, the FAST act.
 
 

Beagell Receives Industry Lifetime Achievement Award


 

Contact:  Michael E. Wilson                                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(571) 208-0428                                                                  Date: October 30, 2015

Beagell Receives Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

Manassas, VA – ARA Past President and longtime industry advocate, Gary Beagell of Gary's U-Pull It in Binghamton, NY  was awarded the Automotive Recyclers Association’s (ARA) Lifetime Achievement Award during the 72nd Annual Convention and Exposition in Charlotte, NC. This award was given to Gary in recognition of his lifetime involvement in auto recycling and in ARA. Members of his immediate family as well as the ARA professional family joined together to celebrate this honor with Gary at the Association's Annual Awards Dinner on October 9th.  
 
Gary grew up working at the family business and married his wife Linda in 1970, after which they opened up several businesses, including Gary's U-Pull It in 1979.   With humble beginnings utilizing a trailer as a sales office, a plot of land in Binghamton, NY, a few dedicated employees and a vision, Gary and Linda set out to build a successful self-service auto parts business. Over thirty years later, Gary's U-Pull It has expanded from a small self-service automotive recycling center to a mature facility, recycling 11,000 vehicles per year, keeping the community free of unwanted vehicles and providing quality used auto parts at affordable prices.  
 
Gary is also a pioneer in recycling technology, holds patents in automotive fluid management systems and has developed yard management software.  He currently is a director of Fenix Parts, Inc.,  a business that owns full and self serve professional automotive recycling yards in the US and Canada and whose growing network services collision shops, mechanical repair shops and individual retail customers.  
 
In addition to being a leader on the front line of the industry, Gary also is committed to the state and international automotive recycling professional associations.  He was twice president of the Automotive Recyclers Association of New York and also served as president of ARA in 2007.  He has travelled the world learning and educating others on best management practices in automotive recycling.  
 
ARA is proud to welcome Gary into the ranks of the Association's Lifetime Achievement Award recipients and is deeply appreciative of his significant contributions to the association and to the professional automotive recycling industry.
 
Since 1943, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) represents an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of “green” automotive parts, and the proper recycling of inoperable motor vehicles. ARA represents the interests of over 4,500 auto recycling facilities in the United States and fourteen other countries around the world. With programs such as the Certified Automotive Recycler Program (CAR), Green Recycled Parts, and other partnerships, ARA members continue to provide consumers with quality, low-cost alternatives for vehicle replacement parts, while preserving our environment for a “greener” tomorrow. 
 
To learn more about the Association, visit ARA’s Home Page at www.a-r-a.org or call (571) 208-0428.

Davis Receives Industry Lifetime Achievement Award




Contact:  Michael E. Wilson                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(571) 208-0428                                                              Date:  October 30, 2015

Davis Receives Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

 
Manassas, VA – Past  President of the Kansas Automotive Recycler Association, ARA Regional Director and longtime industry advocate, Paul Davis of A-Plus Parts & Salvage, Inc. in Wichita, KS was awarded the Automotive Recyclers Association’s (ARA) Lifetime Achievement Award during the 72nd Annual Convention and Exposition in Charlotte, NC. This award was given to Paul in recognition of his lifetime involvement in auto recycling and in ARA.  Members of the ARA professional family joined together to celebrate this honor with Paul at the Association's Annual Awards Dinner on October 9th. 
 
While Paul and his wife Darlene ran the automotive recycling business for 35 years, Paul served as the ARA Regional Director for Region 7, representing Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, and also received the ARA Regional Director of the Year award. 
 
Paul serves as a voice for many professional automotive recyclers in the central plains states and is well respected within the industry for his knowledge, insight and thoughtful opinions on the trends and issues impacting the day-to-day operations of auto recycling businesses, for his keen political analysis, willingness to give back to the association and auto recycling community, and perhaps most of all for his always colorful and witty commentary. 
 
He also is very active in his home state, serving on the Kansas Dealer Review Board for almost 4 years representing the Kansas Salvage Vehicle Dealers and appointed by Governor Brownback in 2012. In addition he is an appointed member of the District III Wichita Council Advisory Board which is responsible for preserving the assets and natural resources of the city.  
 
ARA is proud to welcome Paul  into the ranks of the Association's Lifetime Achievement Award recipients and is deeply appreciative of his significant contributions to the association and to the professional automotive recycling industry.
 
Since 1943, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) represents an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of “green” automotive parts, and the proper recycling of inoperable motor vehicles. ARA represents the interests of over 4,500 auto recycling facilities in the United States and fourteen other countries around the world. With programs such as the Certified Automotive Recycler Program (CAR), Green Recycled Parts, and other partnerships, ARA members continue to provide consumers with quality, low-cost alternatives for vehicle replacement parts, while preserving our environment for a “greener” tomorrow. 
 
To learn more about the Association, visit ARA’s Home Page at www.a-r-a.org or call (571) 208-0428.
 
 

Mike Swift Becomes the President of the Automotive Recyclers Association

 

Contact:  Michael E. Wilson                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(571) 208-0428                                                              Date: October 22, 2015

Mike Swift Becomes the President of the Automotive Recyclers Association

 

MANASSAS, VA – Professional Automotive Recycler Mike Swift of Swift's Trails End Auto Recycling, in Des Moines, Iowa, gave his inaugural speech as the President of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) at the 72nd Annual ARA Convention & Exposition held October 7-10 in Charlotte, North Carolina. His tenure on the Executive Committee of the Association, where he has served as Secretary, Second Vice President, and First Vice President, continues in a leading role to help shape and guide the Association’s initiatives and directives.

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"I am honored to take the reigns as President of ARA and to continue to play a role in preserving and promoting the work of professional automotive recyclers,” said Swift in his acceptance speech. Swift,  a longstanding ARA and Certified Automotive Recycler (CAR) member, is extremely active in the industry as a cutting-edge automotive recycler and leader in his community. In his first remarks as ARA President, Swift urged all members to put forth the effort to fuel the passion that he saw first hand during his travels to professional automotive recycler facilities this past year.  He encouraged all to  "live the dream"  so that ARA can remain strong and continue to be an invaluable resource to its members.  He promoted the ARA CAR and Green Recycled Parts Programs as great branding tools for the industry.  He ended his speech by reciting the lyrics to the leading song in the Broadway play, Man of La Mancha, "To Dream the Impossible Dream, " and challenged his colleagues to make the impossible dream.....possible.    

During the evening program, Swift recognized the ARA staff, his mother, wife, children as well as close family friends from Iowa who travelled to Charlotte for his inaugural ceremony.  Swift credits his Dad - his hero - for teaching him the business from the ground up, starting in 1979.  He hopes to carry on his Dad's legacy by giving his all to the ARA Presidency - working with his fellow recyclers and ARA staff to increase market opportunities for professional automotive recyclers.  His colleagues know Swift as a leader who empowers people to get things done so it should be a very busy year.

Swift served as the IAR past Vice-President and Presidents, is a current board member of the Iowa Automotive Recyclers and the Chairperson for Government Affairs in the state.  In addition, Swift's Trails End Auto Recycling was the first yard in Iowa to be I-CARE certified. On the ARA side,  Swift was the regional director in 2009 and 2011and the Regional Director Chair from 2010-2012. 

Since 1943, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) represents an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of “green” automotive parts, and the proper recycling of inoperable motor vehicles. ARA represents the interests of over 4,500 auto recycling facilities in the United States and fourteen other countries around the world. With programs such as the Certified Automotive Recycler Program (CAR), Green Recycled Parts, and other partnerships, ARA members continue to provide consumers with quality, low-cost alternatives for vehicle replacement parts, while preserving our environment for a “greener” tomorrow.

To learn more about the Association, visit ARA’s Home Page at www.a-r-a.org or call (571) 208-0428.

Jonathan Morrow Becomes Secretary of the Automotive Recyclers Association



 Contact:  Michael E. Wilson                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 (571) 208-0428                                                 Date:  October 22, 2015



Jonathan Morrow Becomes Secretary of the Automotive Recyclers Association


MANASSAS, VA – Professional automotive recycler Jonathan Morrow of M&M Auto Parts, Inc.
  Stafford, Virginia, was welcomed as Secretary of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) at the 72nd Annual Convention & Exposition in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 7-10, 2015.  As the newest member to the Executive Committee of the Association, Morrow will help direct the actions of the ARA and strengthen the voice of the professional automotive recycling industry.  He will become President of the Association in 2018-19.

Jonathan_Morrow.jpgMorrow grew up in the industry and has worked at the family automotive recycling business for the past nine years.  In addition to being responsible for all inventory at M&M, Morrow continues to help position M&M Auto Parts as an industry leader not only in the Virginia area  but also on the national and international stages.  His official title at M&M is Auto Parts Inventory Manager and Assistant Fredericksburg Facility Site Manager.  Also, he is currently President of the Virginia Automotive Recyclers Association, serves as the go-to person at M&M for ARA's policy needs and is a frequent host to visiting foreign delegations of professional automotive recyclers.

When asked about what he hopes to bring to ARA through his new position, Morrow said, "that as the younger guy in the mix, he looks forward to learning from past leaders and bringing today's perspective to help forge a path for professional automotive recyclers going forward."  He also noted that he wants to be transparent and make sure that ARA members know that we are all on the same team.  Lastly, he commented  "that he plans to take advantage of his close proximity to ARA headquarters and to Capitol Hill to support the ARA policy team by sharing his real-time industry experience with policymakers." 

Morrow's parents Rick and Brenda fostered his commitment to the industry which is now shared by his wife Ruthie, and two young sons Jack and Eli.   Morrow credits his success and integrity to his faith in God, family and friends and he looks forward to using his skills to help the industry move forward. 


Since 1943, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) represents an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of “green” automotive parts, and the proper recycling of inoperable motor vehicles. ARA represents the interests of over 4,500 auto recycling facilities in the United States and fourteen other countries around the world. With programs such as the Certified Automotive Recycler Program (CAR), Green Recycled Parts, and other partnerships, ARA members continue to provide consumers with quality, low-cost alternatives for vehicle replacement parts, while preserving our environment for a “greener” tomorrow.

To learn more about the Association, visit ARA’s Home Page at www.a-r-a.org or call (571) 208-0428.

 

Automotive Recyclers Association Joins Transportation Secretary in Calling on Automakers to Provide Access to OEM Parts Numbers to Promote Consumer Safety



CONTACT:  Michael E. Wilson                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(571) 208-0428                                                                   May 27, 2015

Automotive Recyclers Association Joins Transportation Secretary in Calling on Automakers to Provide Access to OEM Parts Numbers to Promote Consumer Safety

WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) join U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in calling on automakers to provide industry partners access to critical original equipment manufacturers (OEM) part information to identify manufacturers' recalled parts in the automotive parts supply chain. Following a February 11, 2015 hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation, Secretary Foxx, in response to a question submitted by Representative Sam Graves, stated his belief for the hearing record that automakers should provide "parts numbers related to recalls" in an "efficient and easy-to-use format directly to recyclers and others who need the information". Foxx also commented that "this approach would not require the government to be the go-between or require the creation and expense of a new government program to collect and distribute the information."

ARA Response to Automotive News - Friday, May 8, 2015

ARA Response to Automotive News - Friday, May 8, 2015

As you may know, the ARA is an international trade association of automotive recyclers.  The ARA services over 1,000 direct member recyclers, as well as approximately 3,500 additional recyclers through affiliated organizations.  The ARA does not control or direct the actions of the independent businesses who may be members, but among other things, the ARA aims to further the automotive recycling industry through various services and programs to increase public awareness of the industry's role in conserving the future through automotive recycling and to foster awareness of the industry's value as a high quality, low cost alternative for the automotive consumer. 

On February 10, 2015, the ARA initiated class action litigation, on behalf of recyclers nationwide, against Takata and numerous vehicle manufacturers related to the defective Takata airbags that have been subject to numerous recalls.  The ARA recommended that its members stop selling the recalled airbags and initiated this litigation with the goal of enabling recyclers to recover fair parts value for the defective airbags.  In conjunction with our serving as a class representative in the litigation involving the Takata airbags, when we learned that Hollander and Rebuilders Automotive Supply (RAS) had announced a buy-back program for airbag inflators subject to the American Honda Motor Company, Inc. (“Honda”) recall, we advised our members of such and further advised that we needed more information before we could comment further with respect to participation in the voluntary program.  The ARA has since conducted an inquiry into the program’s scope and parameters and, based on that inquiry, it appears that the buyback program was initiated by Honda and is not subject to any Court supervision.  The buy-back program appears to be offering recyclers a price for airbags materially lower than the fair parts value.
 

NHTSA "Retooling Recalls" Workshop Recommendations Affirm Professional Automotive Recyclers Need for Access to Bulk Recall Data, OEM Part Numbers and Build Sheet Data

 
CONTACT: Michael E. Wilson                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(571) 208-0428              May 8, 2015
 
NHTSA "Retooling Recalls" Workshop Recommendations Affirm Professional Automotive Recyclers Need for Access to Bulk Recall Data, OEM Part Numbers and Build Sheet Data 
 
WASHINGTON, DC – The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) applauds the recommendations produced during the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)'s one-day workshop on April 28 during which ARA participated along with leading transportation officials, automotive industry representatives, safety advocates, and researchers to brainstorm ways to achieve a recall completion rate of 100 percent.  During the NHSTA event, ARA restated its longstanding position that only with bulk access to recall data, along with OEM parts numbers and build sheet data, will safety stakeholders be able to help NHTSA reach its goal and fulfill its statutory obligations to ensure the safety of the nation's drivers. 
 

ARA Response Letter to WTAE (Pittsburgh) Regarding Recent Broadcast Segment Entitled "Body Shops Say Insurance Companies Force Them To Use Recycled Parts"

 

March 12, 2015
 
Mr. Paul Van Osdol 
WTAE-TV 
400 Ardmore Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
 
Via Email: pvanosdol@hearst.com
 
 
Dear Paul:
 
The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) represents over 4,500 professional automotive recyclers across the United States and in 14 countries internationally.  It is on their behalf that I express disappointment at the flawed reporting and gross mischaracterizations contained in a March 4, 2015 broadcast regarding the utilization of genuine, recycled original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts.  
 
ARA believes collision repairers should use their professional training and judgment to make repair decisions based on the individual circumstances surrounding the damaged vehicles, and that all stakeholders involved in the collision repair marketplace should recognize the genuine value, safety and benefits that each repair part option (recycled, new, aftermarket, remanufactured, reconditioned) may provide in a given repair.  Your segment repeatedly mixed references, using the terms aftermarket, recycled, remanufactured, and reconditioned interchangeably without informing viewers about important part distinctions. This irresponsible reporting only serves to further confuse the public about the viability of important repair options.
 

Automotive Recyclers Association Warns Consumers About Growing Danger of Counterfeit Automotive Parts in the Marketplace








CONTACT: Michael E. Wilson            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Revised 
(571) 208-0428                                                         Date: March 10, 2015

 

Automotive Recyclers Association Warns Consumers About Growing Danger of Counterfeit Automotive Parts in the Marketplace
 

MANASSAS, VA - Today, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) is warning consumers about the growing danger of counterfeit automotive parts in the marketplace and urging them to utilize quality, recycled original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts supplied by professional automotive recyclers.
 

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