Let’s Talk Recalls: Do you have an Early Warning System for Defective Takata Airbags?

It is critical that Recyclers establish an Early Warning System to detect defective Takata airbags in their inventory. A recycler would want to do this for several reasons. First, it sends a message to your employees that you are serious about playing a part in the removal of defective Takata airbags. Second, it gives the … Read moreLet’s Talk Recalls: Do you have an Early Warning System for Defective Takata Airbags?

Keeping it Simple May Not be so Easy with the Cats of the Future

Two years ago, we were part of an auto catalyst technology seminar, held in Atlanta, GA, with 104 delegates and where 18 presentations were given by industry leaders in the field of automotive exhaust catalyst. One of the greatest take-aways from that seminar was a presentation by Peter Duncan, General Manager of Market Research for … Read moreKeeping it Simple May Not be so Easy with the Cats of the Future

Leadership from Within

My articles this month and next are about Leadership. In these articles, I’ll reference two locations. This month’s article is about the leadership of Jim Butler, GM at Butler Auto Recycling located in Pensacola, Florida. It’s a family-run, family-owned, second generation business. Next month, I’ll show-case the leadership of Shannon Nordstrom from Nordstrom Automotive located … Read moreLeadership from Within

Delegate

We have a quarterly cycle involving the peer groups that we work with. We have just finished the latest round and it never ceases to amaze me how themes develop with common issues and problems that the recycler is battling. This round of meets saw us spending a lot of time discussing delegation. Delegation has … Read moreDelegate

Sandy Blalock Hired as Executive Director of ARA

ARA is pleased to announce that Sandy Blalock has been named the Association’s new Executive Director. Sandy has been serving as interim CEO for the past six weeks, working closely with ARA leadership and staff during the transition. “Over the past several weeks, it has been our priority to find the individual best suited to lead … Read moreSandy Blalock Hired as Executive Director of ARA

Major Recall Announcement!!

Dear Esteemed Industry Influencer, We are proud to announce that Ford Motor Company has joined the RAS Takata Airbag Recovery Program for Auto Recyclers. Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury models affected are part of the program. See the attached flyer for additional information. There are approximately 3.5M air bags represented in the Ford Air Bag Recovery Program. Ford has also … Read moreMajor Recall Announcement!!

Let’s Talk Recalls: Shredders, Self Service, & Scrap Auto Recyclers in the Spotlight

What do Shredders, Self Service and Scrap Yards have as an advantage in the removal of defective Takata airbags?      VOLUME Large Volume Auto Recycling Operations could have an intake of 3,000 to 30,000 whole “end-of-life” vehicles per year. That volume of vehicles translates into opportunity when it comes to the defective Takata airbags … Read moreLet’s Talk Recalls: Shredders, Self Service, & Scrap Auto Recyclers in the Spotlight

Is your company growing or is it going? Numbers Count. People Matter.

In order to grow, you must coach employees up by training them or you must replace them and hire better employees. Otherwise, your company will fall further behind in a growing and expanding industry when faced with such a tight labor market. As you have heard us say, there are only two types of companies: … Read moreIs your company growing or is it going? Numbers Count. People Matter.

ARA Responds to General Motors Ban on Recycled Bumpers

Manassas, VA – The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) today expressed extreme disappointment with a recent position statement by General Motors (GM) stating that the automobile manufacturer does not approve of the use of aftermarket, reconditioned, or salvage Bumpers/Fascias on GM vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The position statement references the company’s commitment … Read moreARA Responds to General Motors Ban on Recycled Bumpers

The Platinum Group Metals (PGM) Market Watch

During the third week of May each year, stakeholders in the platinum industry gather in London, England for what is known as Platinum Week. Receptions, lectures, and forecasts abound. At our company, we encourage recyclers to sell catalytic converters on assay; the analytic procedure that measures the content of precious metals in the catalytic converters. … Read moreThe Platinum Group Metals (PGM) Market Watch

Let’s Talk Recalls: What is…Be a Lifesaver #yankthatbag?

#yankthatbag is a Call-to-Action for the Auto Recycling Industry to “be a LIFESAVER” by removing faulty recalled parts from inventory because this recall is like no other. Experts are predicting upwards of 100 million defective Takata airbags will be on recall by 2020. This is not just a problem in the good old USA. This … Read moreLet’s Talk Recalls: What is…Be a Lifesaver #yankthatbag?

Which is most difficult? Hiring or Training?

Most companies struggle with hiring and retaining good people and also struggle to get new employees trained for success. Most companies do not have the background in these processes. With the increasing demand for skilled labor it is more crucial than ever to be successful in hiring and training. Hiring Hiring takes place in three … Read moreWhich is most difficult? Hiring or Training?

ARA Pushes for Action in Response to Attacks on Recycled Parts Utilization

Manassas, VA – The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) today expressed disappointment with a recent revision by Hyundai Motor America to its policies regarding the use of replacement parts and manufacturer warranties. ARA continues to strongly urge the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take swift action in response to what appears to be automotive manufacturers’ coordinated … Read moreARA Pushes for Action in Response to Attacks on Recycled Parts Utilization

Getting the Most From Your Converters With a Process You Can Trust

The Scoop on Interest and Metal Price Discounts In converter recycling, the best recyclers are partnering with companies that educate. We encourage our customers to sell on assay, the analytic procedure that measures the content or quality of a metal or ore contained in the catalytic converters. In this, the fourth installation of our series, … Read moreGetting the Most From Your Converters With a Process You Can Trust

Important Message from the ARA Executive Committee

To the association, The leadership of your association is announcing the transition of its CEO Michael Wilson. I am reaching out today on behalf of the ARA Executive Committee to notify you that effective today, April 23, 2018, ARA CEO Michael Wilson will be transitioning from the Association. Michael has nearly 20 years of experience … Read moreImportant Message from the ARA Executive Committee

Mike French releases his second how-to book about automotive recycling!

“MORE How to Advertise Your Automotive Recycling Yard – OR ANY BUSINESS! With Foreword by DJ Harrington. Lynden, WA – Mike French, a Master Marketer specializing in the automotive recycling industry since 1982, has released his second book of a two-book series. It is a powerful marketing tool for all types of business owners, sales … Read moreMike French releases his second how-to book about automotive recycling!

Let’s Talk Recalls – Recalls Are Not Cores

Facts: It is Illegal to sell Recalled Auto Parts Recalled Parts have $0 parts value Recalled Part prices are fixed and not negotiable Vehicles with Recalls should be flagged as they arrive at your facility Recalled Parts should not be listed in your inventory Recalled Airbags require adherence to proper HazMat handling and paperwork This … Read moreLet’s Talk Recalls – Recalls Are Not Cores

Getting the Most From Your Converters With a Process You Can Trust

MAKING SENSE OF THE ASSAY REPORT AND FINAL INVOICE In converter recycling, the best recyclers are partnering with companies that educate. We encourage our customers to sell on assay. But what is an assay and how do you make sense of it? In this, the third installation of our series, Getting the Most from Your … Read moreGetting the Most From Your Converters With a Process You Can Trust

Getting the Most from Your Converters with A Process You Can Trust: Understand the Importance of Weights

In converter recycling, the best recyclers know their numbers and partner with companies that educate. We encourage our customers to sell converters on assay, the verified analysis of the precious metal contained in the converters less the customary recycling costs. You want to use a scientific method because it is reliable and can be validated. … Read moreGetting the Most from Your Converters with A Process You Can Trust: Understand the Importance of Weights

Tools For Success: Never Underestimate the Value of an Hour!

The first article in this series listed more than 25 tactics to increase your business success, all of them based on my experience. I started with nothing and didn’t get to college, so I know you can achieve maximum success, regardless of your education. E-mail me to get the first article (or any of the … Read moreTools For Success: Never Underestimate the Value of an Hour!

New Sellick Plant Opens

Sellick Equipment Limited recently cut the ribbon on an all-new $21 million dollar manufacturing facility with state of the art technology to maintain Sellick as a leader in the rough terrain forklift market.The new 126,000 square foot purpose built factory, was designed for new product innovation, improvement to quality control and flexibility in product design. … Read moreNew Sellick Plant Opens