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September-October 2012
Report On End-of-Life Vehicles Worldwide
"All industries move along a similar path as they develop and mature," says Steve Fletcher, Managing Director, Automotive Recyclers of Canada. "Different countries are on different parts of that path. There are a series of potential outcomes that depend on the choices made today (or made on your behalf) that will affect your future. By looking at how other countries deal with their industry, you are actually peering into the future. So you can choose some parts of the path that are desirable and try to avoid some of the paths that are unpleasant." This effectively introduces this compilation of articles written by industry leaders and auto recyclers from around the world, highlighting common challenges of auto recyclers, differences in methodology of governments, and the resilience of spirit of the industry to rise above the noise, to work toward positive and viable solutions. ~ Caryn Smith, Editor
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Vision & Experience
Growing up in the business that his dad, Ken Wright, started in 1969, Chris Wright of Capital Auto Parts, Inc., located in Thomasville, Georgia, "officially" joined the business after college in 1991 and has been full steam ahead ever since. In 1999, he served on the board of Georgia Automotive Recyclers Association (GARA) and became its president from 2003 to 2007. He also served as a Regional Director for ARA in 2003-2004, winning the ARA Regional Director Star Award in 2004. At ARA's 69th Annual Convention, to be held in Orlando, Florida in October, Chris will become the 2012-2013 ARA President when current ARA President Randy Reitman relinquishes the gavel.
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Summit 5
Over 30 automotive recyclers, state affiliate executive directors, ARA leadership, and ARA policy staff met in Nashville on July 16-17 for the 5th Annual Legislative Summit to discuss and identify legislative challenges and opportunities confronting the industry. Attendees helped frame the dialog and very actively debated how best to interact with federal and state legislators, policymakers, and stakeholders to ensure a continued and vibrant marketplace for professional automotive recyclers. Participants came to a consensus on over 21 recommendations for further discussion on these general topics:
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Report On End-of-Life Vehicles Worldwide
"All industries move along a similar path as they develop and mature," says Steve Fletcher, Managing Director, Automotive Recyclers of Canada. "Different countries are on different parts of that path. There are a series of potential outcomes that depend on the choices made today (or made on your behalf) that will affect your future. By looking at how other countries deal with their industry, you are actually peering into the future. So you can choose some parts of the path that are desirable and try to avoid some of the paths that are unpleasant." This effectively introduces this compilation of articles written by industry leaders and auto recyclers from around the world, highlighting common challenges of auto recyclers, differences in methodology of governments, and the resilience of spirit of the industry to rise above the noise, to work toward positive and viable solutions. ~ Caryn Smith, Editor


Vision & Experience
Growing up in the business that his dad, Ken Wright, started in 1969, Chris Wright of Capital Auto Parts, Inc., located in Thomasville, Georgia, "officially" joined the business after college in 1991 and has been full steam ahead ever since. In 1999, he served on the board of Georgia Automotive Recyclers Association (GARA) and became its president from 2003 to 2007. He also served as a Regional Director for ARA in 2003-2004, winning the ARA Regional Director Star Award in 2004. At ARA's 69th Annual Convention, to be held in Orlando, Florida in October, Chris will become the 2012-2013 ARA President when current ARA President Randy Reitman relinquishes the gavel.


Summit 5
Over 30 automotive recyclers, state affiliate executive directors, ARA leadership, and ARA policy staff met in Nashville on July 16-17 for the 5th Annual Legislative Summit to discuss and identify legislative challenges and opportunities confronting the industry. Attendees helped frame the dialog and very actively debated how best to interact with federal and state legislators, policymakers, and stakeholders to ensure a continued and vibrant marketplace for professional automotive recyclers. Participants came to a consensus on over 21 recommendations for further discussion on these general topics:


Fire!
Nordstrom's Automotive of Garretson, South Dakota, is very proud of the fact that they have achieved and maintained the Automotive Recyclers Associations (ARA's) Certified Automotive Recycler (CAR) accreditation since 1999. We are also excited we took the next step in customer service by agreeing to the Code of Ethics and participating in the CSI portion of Gold Seal Program. Our involvement in these programs has been paramount in the growth of our business and providing amazing business opportunities doing business the Gold Seal way, and places our company on a shorter list of facilities in the country that have taken these steps.


 
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