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  • Recyclers face challenges with non-deployed OEM airbags


    No one disputes the fact that airbags are one of the most important safety innovations to protect passengers during a crash by instantaneously inflating when a serious accident occurs. Frontal airbags have been required in all new passenger vehicles since 1999.

  • Salvaging Millions | SEP 2014 Pay for Performance – Getting the most from outside parts sales pros


    One of a continuing series of articles on increasing profits and cash flow.

  • Pull-A-Part to build used auto parts superstore in Pittsburgh

    Pull-A-Part is planning to open its first Pennsylvania location in the Borough of West Mifflin in Pittsburgh. Atlanta-based Pull-A-Part has acquired a 72 acre site at 1451 Lebanon School Road, where it will build a retail facility and service areas related to the do-it-yourself used auto parts business.

  • launches next generation marketplace has launched a new version of its Car-Part Pro Marketplace for repair industries.

  • GM Renaissance Center now composts food scraps

    General Motors’ Global Headquarters, a multi-office tower complex that sends no waste to landfills, now composts food preparation scraps from its various Renaissance Center restaurant kitchens for use in urban farming initiatives throughout the city.

  • Salvaging Millions | AUG 2014 Pay for Performance – Breaking the inventory bottleneck


    One of a continuing series of articles on increasing profits and cash flow.

  • EPA settles with Puerto Rico auto crushing company

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a legal settlement with W.R. Recycling of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, resolving alleged violations of federal hazardous waste law.

  • Automotive production sets record, surpasses 1 billion mark

    Global production of automobiles keeps rising to new heights. London-based IHS Automotive puts light vehicle production in 2013 at 84.7 million, up from 81.5 million in 2012.

  • Kett appointed as CEO and president of IAA

    KAR Auction Services, Inc., a provider of used and salvage vehicle auction services, disclosed that John Kett has assumed the position of chief executive officer and president of Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), the company’s leading live and live-online salvage auto auction subsidiary.

    Kett formerly served as the president and chief financial officer of IAA. He has worked for IAA for more than 12 years, and has played an integral role in developing and directing the company’s strategy, helping IAA grow into a national company with $830 million in annual revenue and more than 160 locations across North America.

    Kett assumes the role of chief executive officer from Tom O’Brien.

    Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Tom O’Brien to step down as IAA CEO; Kett steps in

    Carmel, Indiana-based KAR Auction Services, Inc. disclosed that Tom O’Brien, chief executive officer of Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA) and a director of KAR’s board, will step down as CEO of IAA effective April 30, 2014. O’Brien will remain a member of the company’s board of directors until the company’s next annual meeting of stockholders to be held in June 2014, at which time he will retire from the board. John Kett, currently president and chief financial officer of IAA, will assume the role of chief executive officer and president on May 1, 2014.

    Kett joined IAA in 2001 as senior vice president of planning and business development, becoming chief financial officer in 2007 and assuming the role of president in 2011. Prior to joining IAA, Kett served in a variety of senior financial and operational roles for Central Steel and Wire Co., Safelite Glass Corporation, Newark Electronics and Deloitte LLP.