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September 2007

Jack West remembered as industry pioneer

Jack West

Granutech Saturn Systems is saddened to announce the sudden passing of executive vice president, company co-founder and auto recycling icon Jack West on August 11, 2007.

“We have lost a great friend, an invaluable associate, and an incredible presence,” says Glen Newton, Granutech’s president. “Jack was the driving force behind the auto flattener business for the last 40+ years and displayed a love for the business and a work ethic that belied his age. Occasionally, people come along who have a vision and commitment to an idea that can redefine the ‘usual’ way of doing things; Jack West was one of those.”

West, 77, founded Mobile Auto Crushers in 1971, along with partners Robert Flanagan and Norman Kramer, and introduced the concept of a mobile auto flattener to that industry. As executive vice president of MAC Corporation (later to become a division of Granutech-Saturn Systems), he spent better than four decades helping reshape the technology of auto flattening. In addition, through industry participation, he was active in helping ensure the overall well-being of the auto recycling industry.

West is survived by his wife, Evelyn, a son Jackie, and a daughter, Kathy, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.