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September-October 2011
No Train No Gain
Rewind to the 2007 March-April Automotive Recycling magazine article "Personnel Trainer" about the newly launched web-based university designed specifically for the automotive recycling industry. It reported that the educational opportunity would be "Convenient, Consistent, Continual" and that ARA University (ARAU) would bring standardized and needed training to every auto recycling facility 24/7 that is self-paced, trackable, and cost-effective. Fast-forward to NOW. The on-trend ARAU continues to prove a huge success for ARA members and delivers all that it promised, and more. ARAU, on the forefront of this technology boom, has continued to grow its course offerings, expand its management and tracking tools, and even offers branded sites for a facility to customize.
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Couple of Partners
We all know couples who go their separate ways when a crisis hits as if it was the final straw that breaks the camel's back. On the other hand, we have all seen examples of couples who pull together and support each other, no matter what. These are the couples that we find ourselves looking up to, often wondering how they do it. In the last issue of Automotive Recycling, you met five couples who have been successfully working together in business for years. What you may not have known is that some of these couples have faced major crises in their life and business. Automotive recyclers Dennis and Krystyn Roberts of County Line Auto Parts, based in Missouri, faced their most challenging time since they have been in business together on Super Bowl Sunday in 2009. While everyone was preparing to have a fun Super Bowl party and watch the game, a fire broke out in one of their buildings. About half an hour before game time, the oil burning furnace in the production area in their main warehouse caught fire. It quickly spread and affected their entire facility due to smoke damage. The actual fire itself was contained mainly to their shipping/receiving and quality control area within the main warehouse. The fire flashed across the ceiling and due to the high temperature, caused damage to product housed up high.
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Working Together Means Working Apart
For many in the automotive recycling industry, going to work is a family affair. Whether it is Brother-Brother, Father-Daughter, or Husband-Wife, family dynamics are everywhere in family-owned business. Depending on whom you ask (or when you ask) about the experience of working in a family business, the difference can be as varied as Heaven and Hell. Hopefully, by walking through some helpful tips, we can bring a little bit more Heaven into the day-to-day experience of family business.
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No Train No Gain
Rewind to the 2007 March-April Automotive Recycling magazine article "Personnel Trainer" about the newly launched web-based university designed specifically for the automotive recycling industry. It reported that the educational opportunity would be "Convenient, Consistent, Continual" and that ARA University (ARAU) would bring standardized and needed training to every auto recycling facility 24/7 that is self-paced, trackable, and cost-effective. Fast-forward to NOW. The on-trend ARAU continues to prove a huge success for ARA members and delivers all that it promised, and more. ARAU, on the forefront of this technology boom, has continued to grow its course offerings, expand its management and tracking tools, and even offers branded sites for a facility to customize.


Couple of Partners
We all know couples who go their separate ways when a crisis hits as if it was the final straw that breaks the camel's back. On the other hand, we have all seen examples of couples who pull together and support each other, no matter what. These are the couples that we find ourselves looking up to, often wondering how they do it. In the last issue of Automotive Recycling, you met five couples who have been successfully working together in business for years. What you may not have known is that some of these couples have faced major crises in their life and business. Automotive recyclers Dennis and Krystyn Roberts of County Line Auto Parts, based in Missouri, faced their most challenging time since they have been in business together on Super Bowl Sunday in 2009. While everyone was preparing to have a fun Super Bowl party and watch the game, a fire broke out in one of their buildings. About half an hour before game time, the oil burning furnace in the production area in their main warehouse caught fire. It quickly spread and affected their entire facility due to smoke damage. The actual fire itself was contained mainly to their shipping/receiving and quality control area within the main warehouse. The fire flashed across the ceiling and due to the high temperature, caused damage to product housed up high.


Working Together Means Working Apart
For many in the automotive recycling industry, going to work is a family affair. Whether it is Brother-Brother, Father-Daughter, or Husband-Wife, family dynamics are everywhere in family-owned business. Depending on whom you ask (or when you ask) about the experience of working in a family business, the difference can be as varied as Heaven and Hell. Hopefully, by walking through some helpful tips, we can bring a little bit more Heaven into the day-to-day experience of family business.


Leading By Example
At the 68th Annual ARA Convention & Exposition in Charlotte, NC, coming in October, Randy Reitman, Reitman Auto Parts, is set to take over the reins from current Automotive Recyclers Association President Doug Reinert as the new 2011-2012 President. Reitman is well-qualified to represent the automotive recycling industry. Reitman has over 40 years of industry experience, getting his start while still in high school, working with his Dad at the family-owned business. He had to grow up quickly, though, and began to fully manage the business at age 17 when his father died from cancer.


Servant Leader
The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) announced the selection of Ricky Young, owner of Young's Auto Center & Salvage, a blend of full service and u-pull-it automotive recycling yards that include crushing operations and five locations, (www.youngsautocenter.com) as incoming 2011-2012 secretary. Young, a longstanding ARA member, is extremely active in the industry as a leading-edge automotive recycler and leader in his community. He is the current President of the Carolina Auto Recyclers (CAR) and has served as the Chairman of North Carolina Auto and Truck Salvage Dealers Association Legislative Committee since 1992. He has also served as an ARA Director-at-Large for several years and serves as a member of the ARA Government Affairs Committee.


It's Easy To Tell Your Green Story
Alvin's Auto in Oakland, California, has recently gone all green. From the green painted walls in their offices to their staff wearing green T-shirts to three of their cars being branded in the latest Green Recycled Parts logo, Alvin Collier, President of Alvin's Auto and his staff are excited about the new Green Recycled Parts initiative. "We've gone green!" said Collier enthusiastically. "We love this program! We plan on doing a lot more with it. For example, on National Recycling Day in November we're going to try to use this initiative's promotional materials and branding to raise our awareness in the community. We are planning on accepting items, such as tires, scrap, oil, and other recyclable parts from the local community for free to try to help them understand what we do in the automotive recycling industry."


 
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