Mike Swift Becomes First Vice President of the Automotive Recyclers Association

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(571) 208-0428                                        Date:  October 29, 2014

Mike Swift Becomes First Vice President of the
Automotive Recyclers Association

MANASSAS, VA – Professional Automotive Recycler Mike Swift, Swift's Trails End Auto Recycling, Des Moines, Iowa, became the First Vice President of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) at the 71st Annual ARA Convention & Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee, October 22-25, 2014. His tenure on the Executive Committee of the Association continues to help shape and guide the Association’s initiatives and directives as determined by the Board of Directors and membership of the ARA.  Swift's commitment to the ARA will ultimately lead to his service as President of the Association in 2015-16.

Swift feels that it is important for professional automotive recyclers to get involved in doing their part to help change the tide of issues the industry faces. “The ARA is the voice of our industry,” says Mike Swift. “It is important to get involved either by volunteering your time on a committee or financially contributing to support one of ARA’s important initiatives, such as to the ARA Political Action Committee which ensures we have a place at the table when important legislative discussions are taking place that effect our industry. Our Association needs the support of all professional auto recyclers to secure our future as the environmental stewards of end-of-life vehicles.”  Swift is a Past President of the Iowa Auto Recyclers  and has served as a Regional Director for ARA as well as Past Chair of the ARA Regional Directors Committee.

Mike Swift, a third generation professional automotive recycler, inherited a passion for the industry from his grandfather, O.F. Orrie Swift, and his Dad, Dale Swift. His grandfather started Swift Auto in the 1940’s, evolving the business from scrap and older cars into an auto salvage business. Swift’s father, Dale, took over the business from his Dad in 1975. At the time, it was located on one acre, surrounded by woods and alongside one dirt road. Today, it is in the same location, but has expanded to three acres and is located two miles from downtown Des Moines at the corner of a very busy Industrial Park.

Swift spent 20 years as the Manager of Swift’s Auto before he and his brother, Steve, purchased Trails End Auto and Truck Parts,, in 1999, building the business into a vibrant state of the art professional automotive recycling facility. In 2014 the two businesses were consolidated into one location under the name Swift's Trails End Auto Recycling with a new logo to match the company's new beginning.  The Trails End team takes great pride in the quality parts and service they provide to their customers. Their focus is always on customer satisfaction, safety, and the quality of parts delivered.

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 or call (571) 208-0428.


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