Pennsylvania Automotive Recycling Trade Association Holds Convention

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PARTS convention attendees check out the Iron Ax Enviro-Rack during exhibitor hours.
Members of the Pennsylvania Automotive Trade Society listen to Bill Arble of Aplitech, talk about used fluid storage during a seminar at a local auto parts yard.
One of the outdoor exhibitors was OverBuilt with a car crusher. Omega Lift brought its forklifts to load and unload the five cars that were crushed over the two-day convention.

The Pennsylvania Automotive Recycling Trade Association held its annual convention and trade show October 3rd through the 6th in State College, Pennsylvania.

The convention included seminars and meetings for members. The seminars on the first day included Avi Pelc from ADP Hollander who spoke on "How to be a Power Player in the Automotive Claims Process." He discussed ways to sell more parts to body shops. Also that day, members had a seminar with regulatory experts to cover topics which included vehicle fraud, vehicle processing, insurance and environmental issues. Speakers rotated through small groups at this seminar. The speakers were Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Gerald Weeks, Randy Swartz of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Steve Barrick of Barrick and Associates, Inc. and Ingrid Hopkins of the United States Environmental Protection Agency-Stormwater division.

In the afternoon, Jim Counts spoke to members and several exhibitors about selling more parts and controlling expenses. Mr. Counts purchased his first auto recycling operation in 1983 in Ft. Worth, Texas. Since that time he has owned and operated three successful facilities. His expertise is in management development, data processing and customer service.

Mr. Counts was one of the speakers in the Saturday "traveling seminars," as members were bussed to two area auto recycling businesses for on-site critical review tours. The businesses visited were Abramson Auto Wrecking and Mueller's Auto Recycling and Sales. Another speaker was Bill Arble of Aplitech. Mr. Arble is an environmental consultant.

There were indoor and outdoor exhibits both days. Exhibitors were: American Recycler, Barrick & Associates, Bauer Radiator, Car-part.com, CCI Triad, The Connection, DADE Capital Corp., First Choice Card Service, First Choice Communications, G. J. Sullivan, Hotline Inc., Insurance Auto Auctions, Iron Ax, Inc., Midstate Tool, Nu-Parts, Omega Lift Manufacturing, Inc., Overbuilt, R.M. Johnson Company, RTR Manufacturing, Salvagedirect.com, Schumaker Williams, P.C., Tire Resource Systems, Inc., Tire Services Inc., United Recyclers Group, U-Need-A-part.com, and Universal Underwriters