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Ohio's Family-Owned Automotive Recycling Businesses Urge State Legislators: Say NO to SB 273 and Protect Professional Automotive Recycling Jobs


CONTACT: Michael Wilson                                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(571) 208-0428                                                         Date: November 1, 2012

Ohio's Family-Owned Automotive Recycling Businesses Urge State Legislators: Say NO to SB 273 and Protect Professional Automotive Recycling Jobs

MANASSAS, Va., November 1, 2012 -- The Ohio Auto and Truck Recyclers Association (OATRA) has released a video detailing the serious impact Ohio Senate Bill 273 would have on thousands of Ohio jobs. OATRA is an affiliate chapter of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA). The video can be viewed online at: https://vimeo.com/52563362.

The two organizations, which together represent the 794 licensed professional automotive recyclers in Ohio, as well as the thousands of men and women they employ, are urging legislators to protect small businesses and the economically vibrant automotive recycling industry in the state. Family-owned auto recycling businesses, many of which are second-, third- and fourth-generation owned facilities, help make up the backbone of the Ohio's economy and are a fundamental part of the state's efforts to recover from the economic recession.

Senate Bill 273, a highly controversial piece of legislation that would enable unlicensed in-state and out-of-state individual buyers to purchase vehicles from Ohio salvage pools and auctions, was passed by the Ohio Senate in May despite a number of concerns expressed by the industry.

In the compelling 3-minute video, OATRA members provide personal narratives highlighting how opening salvage auctions to unlicensed buyers would endanger the very wellbeing of their businesses, giving unregulated buyers the ability to bid against professional auto recyclers for salvage vehicles. "We need cars to sell parts, without parts, we're gone, we're out of here," explained Eric Hay of Wayne Auto Parts in Dover. Tim Staup of OEM Auto Recyclers in Bluffton added, "Anyone in the legislature that votes for this bill is voting against jobs in Ohio."

OATRA President Jim McKinney said, "We are trying to do the right thing here, the common sense thing, which is to provide a way for OATRA members to talk to our legislators and tell them why this is bad for Ohio. Thousands for jobs are going be lost, literally. We need support from Ohio’s citizens as well, who can get involved simply by contacting their legislators about this issue. Let's just not force something through because some big business wants it. Please, let’s all think about what's best for Ohio."

In recent months, the ARA and OATRA have expressed their concerns to Ohio legislators over the draft bill. Automotive recyclers in Ohio have actively engaged in discussions with members of the House Insurance Committee, which is expected to continue its deliberations of the bill immediately following the November 6 elections.

ARA CEO Michael E. Wilson has stated, “Senate Bill 273 would threaten Ohio jobs, eliminate important consumer protections in the current law and allow unlicensed individuals to put unsafe vehicles back on Ohio's highways. There are nearly 800 recyclers in the state of Ohio who are united in their opposition to a bill that directly threatens their industry."

The ARA and OATRA urge members of the Ohio General Assembly to think about what is best for Ohio and to stand behind the thousands of automotive recycling industry jobs currently in the state.

For almost 70 years, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) has represented an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of "green" automotive parts, and the proper recycling of inoperable motor vehicles. ARA members provide consumers with quality, environmentally friendly, low-cost alternatives for vehicle replacement parts. Today, ARA represents the interests of over 4,500 auto recycling facilities in the United States and fourteen other countries around the world. For more information on green recycled parts, please visit http://www.greenrecycledparts.com.

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