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.
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