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  • A Closer Look | FEB 2016 Alvin's Auto Recycling with Alvin Collier

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    ­­In 1985, Alvin Collier partnered with his father to buy an auto recycling business that had been operating since 1923. “Four months later, I bought him out,” Collier said.

  • Salvaging Millions | FEB 2016 Tools for success – an ongoing series


    The three legs of a business success stool

  • Novelis supplies aluminum for Ford super duty truck

    Novelis is supplying high strength, military grade aluminum for the upcoming Ford F-Series Super Duty lineup of trucks, the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever.

  • E-odometer provisions open the door to paperless auto sales

    A key measure contained in the federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) will usher in an era of paperless vehicle sales and pave the way for vehicle-to-government transactions.

  • KAR Auction Services reports growth in revenues

    KAR Auction Services, Inc. (reported its third quarter financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2015. For the third quarter of 2015, the company reported revenue of $666.7 million as compared with revenue of $589.1 million for the third quarter of 2014, an increase of 13 percent.

  • Trucking company held accountable in California

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released that Estes Express Lines will pay a $100,000 penalty for violations of the California Truck and Bus Regulation, for failing to install particulate filters on 73 of its heavy duty diesel trucks.

  • Carbon fiber and plastics drive automotive innovation

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, automobile components made with advanced composite materials could reduce the weight of passenger cars by half and improve fuel efficiency by nearly 35 percent.

  • Association alerts Congress to anti-competitive impact of bill

    The Auto Care Association, based in Bethesda, Maryland with over 3,000 member companies, sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee, warning that provisions in draft vehicle cybersecurity legislation could allow car companies to take “full control over who has access to key vehicle systems, many of which are needed for repair purposes.”

  • Salvaging Millions | JAN 2016 Tools for success – an ongoing series


    Be your own advocate – Never forget that the customer is king

  • Equipment Spotlight | DEC 2015 Loggers/Balers

  • Salvaging Millions | DEC 2015 Tools for success – an ongoing series


    Be your own advocate – Learn to think strategically 

  • Finalists named for Green Car Of The Year

    Green Car Journal has announced its five finalists for the magazine’s prestigious 2016 Green Car of the Year award.

  • adds part images in search results

    Online customers can now view recyclers’ parts images while shopping in the Car-Part Pro marketplace.

  • Honda to add 120 EV chargers to campus

    In an effort to increase the use of alternative fuel vehicles and to prepare for a new generation of plug-in vehicles set to arrive by 2018, Honda is adding 120 new electric vehicle (EV) chargers on the Torrance, California headquarter campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

  • Safelite reaches milestone in windshield recycling program

    Safelite AutoGlass, a provider of windshield replacements, has diverted its 4 millionth windshield from entering a landfill through its recycling partnership with Shark Glass Recycling North America.

  • Salvaging Millions | NOV 2015 Tools for success – an ongoing series


    Be your own advocate – Get help from others

  • Ford research center now landfill free

    Ford Motor Company’s Research & Engineering Center (R&E) is now landfill free, helping the automaker achieve its goal to trim waste-to-landfill by 40 percent per vehicle produced from 2011 to 2016.

  • Auto recyclers facing rough roads

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    Back in January 2012 American Recycler published an article penned by Mark Henricks titled Rough Roads Ahead about the problem of auto recyclers acquiring cars.

  • Salvaging Millions | OCT 2015 Tools for success – an ongoing series


    Be your own advocate – no one else will

  • Ford’s Mexico’s manufacturing plants achieve zero waste-to-landfill status

    Ford released its 16th annual Sustainability Report highlighting its achievement of several environmental goals.

  • Steel Market Development Institute sponsors truck rodeo

    The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), returned as title sponsor of the 2015 Texas Truck Rodeo.

  • Quest adds 667 full service auto repair centers as clients

    Quest Resource Management Group, LLC, a subsidiary of Quest Resource Holding Corporation, disclosed that Quest added one of the largest nationwide chains of full service auto maintenance and repair centers to its portfolio of clients.

  • GM sees double-digit gains in pickup and crossovers

    General Motors’ Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands sold 270,480 vehicles in the U.S. in August 2015. Retail deliveries climbed 6 percent compared with a year ago, when results included the Labor Day holiday.

  • IAA makes leadership change

    Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), a business unit of KAR Auction Services and a live and live online salvage auto auction company disclosed that Tim O’Day will join the company as senior vice president of finance reporting to John Kett, chief executive officer and president.

  • Advance Auto Parts reports second quarter results

    Advance Auto Parts, Inc., an automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, disclosed its financial results for the second quarter ended July 18, 2015.

  • Fiat Chrysler recalls trucks

    FCA US LLC is recalling an estimated 1,747 trucks in the U.S. and Canada to inspect, reroute and replace – as required – their wire harnesses to prevent a potential short circuit.

  • Carburetor Superfund work started

    Demolition and removal work at the Carter Carburetor Superfund Site in north St. Louis, Missouri commenced in August 2015.

  • Toyota USA Foundation offers $5.8 million in education grants

    The Toyota USA Foundation, which supports the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, will provide $5.8 million in grants to create and strengthen pathways to manufacturing careers for high school and adult students, with a strong focus on women and diverse communities.

  • Counterfeit auto parts endanger everyone

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    Making an inferior replica of something in order to trick people is a crime. If it’s an inferior counterfeit auto part, it can lead to serious injuries even deaths.

  • Fenix acquires Ocean County Auto Wreckers

    Fenix Parts, Inc., a recycler and reseller of original equipment manufacturer automotive products, has acquired Ocean County Auto Wreckers, Inc. in Bayville, New Jersey.
    Ocean County is a full service auto recycling facility and represents Fenix Parts’ second location in New Jersey.

    Published in the October 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • KAR Auction reports revenue growth

    KAR Auction Services, Inc. (reported its second quarter financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2015.

  • Alternative fuel vehicle rebates continue in Pennsylvania

    The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will continue Pennsylvania’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program.

  • Novelis unveils high-strength alloys for automotive use

    Novelis disclosed the development of Novelis Advanz™ 7000 series of high-strength alloys designed for safety critical components of vehicle structures.

  • Salvaging Millions | SEP 2015 Tools for success – an ongoing series


    Learn marketing and advertising

  • KAR Auction Services expands into United Kingdom

    KAR Auction Services, a provider of end-to-end vehicle remarketing services, disclosed that its subsidiary ADESA (UK) Limited has acquired HBC Vehicle Services.

  • Salvaging Millions | JULY 2015 Tools for success – an ongoing series


    Financial statements and metrics

  • Two electric vehicle world records broken

    The electric vehicle (EV) coast-to-coast world record was unofficially broken by a team of 6 with an elapsed drive and charge time of just 58 hours and 55 minutes.

  • KAR expands Digital Services Group

    KAR Auction Services, Inc. has expanded the company’s Digital Services Group with the acquisitions of Autoniq and MobileTrac, which is doing business as instaVIN.

  • Bill ensures motor oil lasts 10,000 miles

    The California Senate Committee on Environmental Quality approved legislation that would ensure all automotive oil sold in California provides 10,000 miles of lubrication.

  • FDEP awards auto company

    JM Family Enterprises, a diversified automotive company, recently received a Recycling Recognition Program award from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for their successful recycling efforts in 2014.

  • GM to invest in electric vehicle development

    General Motors’ (GM) sustainability report chronicles efforts by the company’s 216,000 employees to live out GM’s newly defined purpose and values.

  • KAR Auction Services reports results

    KAR Auction Services, Inc. reported its first quarter financial results for the period ended March 31, 2015.

  • TPA legislation will promote growth for the auto industry

    The Association of Global Automakers and the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) applauded the introduction of bipartisan, bicameral Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation.

  • Manheim reports used car market off to a solid start

    Backed by strong consumer demand, the used car market enjoyed a solid start to 2015 as wholesale used vehicle prices in the first quarter rose 1.3 percent from a year ago and 1.6 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.

  • Bridgestone names winner of truck tires promotion

    Bridgestone Commercial Solutions said that Roger Errett of Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania is the grand prize winner of a special Dayton commercial truck tires competition held at the Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

  • Volvo Cars plans to build new factory in U.S.

    Volvo Cars disclosed that it is to build a brand new manufacturing facility in the U.S., fulfilling its ambition to be a global car maker, investing around 500 million dollars in a new plant and underscoring its long term commitment to the U.S. market.

  • Automotive composites use strongly increases

    In 2015 the market for automotive composites is progressing strongly, boosted by increasingly advanced production techniques which are facilitating higher volume production of composite materials.

  • Repreve used in the Ford F-150

    Ford Motor Company has worked with Unifi to bring environmentally responsible, high-performance Repreve fiber to many Ford vehicles.

  • RV importers and Chinese manufacturer settle with EPA

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disclosed a settlement with four Texas-based recreational vehicle importers and an affiliated Chinese vehicle manufacturer, for the illegal import and sale of more than 4,000 uncertified off-road recreational vehicles sold under the brand name Hammerhead. The companies will pay $560,000 in civil penalties.

  • KAR Auction develops Chicago facility

    KAR Auction Services, the parent company of ADESA, has developed a whole car auction facility in Chicago, Illinois. Named ADESA Chicago, the site will give KAR a strong local presence in the nation’s third largest metropolitan area.

  • Partnership with credit unions set record auto loans

    Enterprise Car Sales is a service of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, a rental car company in North America, and specializes in working with credit unions of all sizes to increase auto loans.

  • Unsafe used tires: Are laws needed?

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    The question before several state legislatures this year – should new laws governing the sale of unsafe used tires be made?

  • Equipment Spotlight | MAY 2015 Fluid Recovery

  • Salvaging Millions | MAY 2015 Tools for success – an ongoing series


    Banking smart

  • Liberty Tire completes restructuring

    Liberty Tire Recycling Holdco, LLC and its subsidiaries has completed its financial restructuring, which de-levered the company’s balance sheet and facilitated the infusion of new capital into the company.

  • Chevy Malibu Hybrid gets technology from Volt

    Chevrolet’s recent production of its all-electric vehicle based on the Bolt EV concept, as well as the introduction of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, will be joined by a strong hybrid version of the next-generation Malibu.

  • Erroll Davis Jr. to retire from GM board

    General Motors (GM) chairman Tim Solso disclosed that Erroll Davis Jr. would not be standing for re-election to the GM board of directors at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders in 2015. Davis joined the board in 2009.

  • Salvaging Millions | APR 2015 Tools for success – an ongoing series


    Keep perfect credit

  • Technology breathes life into aluminum for lighter vehicles

    The U.S. auto industry’s shift toward lighter weight vehicles through greater use of aluminum is now in high gear with 2015 pick-up trucks sporting as much as 350 lbs. more of the metal than last year.

  • Congressional reintroduction of Parts Act gives consumers choice in collision repairs

    A congressional reintroduction of the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade and Sales Act, known as the “Parts Act”, was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in February, by U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

  • Electric cars gain ground in vehicle rankings

    At, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released its 18th annual comprehensive environmental ratings for vehicles.

  • Illegal vehicles seized

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) disclosed the results of a 90 day joint operation targeting foreign made vehicles and equipment imported without proper emission controls in violation of the federal Clean Air Act.

  • Salvaging Millions | MAR 2015 Tools for success – an ongoing series


    Be technologically savvy

  • Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel is 2015 Green SUV of the Year

    Green Car Journal has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel its 2015 Green SUV of the Year.

  • Salvaging Millions | FEB 2015 Tools for success – an ongoing series


    Have a mantra of constant development and improvement

  • Insurance Auto Auctions supports Ohio legislation to modernize vehicle sales laws

    Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), a business unit of KAR Auction Services, and a live and live online salvage auto auction company, disclosed that Ohio House Bill 468 has become law, and will become effective on the 91st day after the act is filed with the secretary of State.

  • KAR Auction Services amends U.S. Securitization Facility

    KAR Auction Services, Inc. announced that its subsidiaries Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC) and AFC Funding Corporation, have entered into Amendment No. 3 to the Fifth Amended and Restated Receivables Purchase Agreement, by and among AFC, AFC Funding, Fairway Finance Company, Chariot Funding LLC, Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch, BMO Harris Bank N.A., Fifth Third Bank, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and BMO Capital Markets Corp.

  • U-Pull-&-Pay earns designations

    U-Pull-&-Pay (UPAP) Phoenix and Albuquerque stores each received the prestigious Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) designation from the U.S. Department of Labor. UPAP’s Phoenix facility is the first self-serve auto part recycler in the U.S. to receive this award; the Albuquerque facility is the second.

  • Salvaging Millions | JAN 2015 Tools for success – an ongoing series


    Be a leader – Not a boss

    The first article of this series listed several tactics that will make you more successful. The rest of the series will take a closer look at each of them.

    How do you see yourself at work? Are you a boss or a leader? Think about how your employees see you. Do they see you as a boss or a leader? Do they see the other managers on your team as bosses or leaders? The difference may sound like rhetoric, but it’s real.

    Without leadership, you won’t get peak performance from your people. You won’t get close to the results you could.

    Two things made me a leader and not a boss. One was hunger. We all have about the same natural ability. The real question is how much desire we have. Desire is what gives one person the persistence to stay at it until he or she reaches a difficult goal.

    You’re a leader because the people around you know you have that level of desire. You want to win, and you want the people you lead to play on a winning team.

    When I was growing my salvage yards, I used to get a question that tickled me – “Ron, how can you hire 100 employees? I can’t find six that are worth a crap.”

    Whenever I hear that question, I always wonder whether the real source of the problem is the employer. As owners, after all, we create the work environment at the business. Employees can like working for us or not.

    Of course, money is a big part of how they feel. However, getting happy, productive employees is about more than the right paycheck. Employees like to work for a growing, successful company. Do you and your management team project that image? Would a person who showed up for a job interview at your yard see the signs of growth and success?

    The second thing that made me a leader was a willingness to invest money to improve myself. Leaders are willing to invest in making themselves and their team members better. Are you investing time to read books and magazine articles about leadership? Have you or your top managers gone to any training on effective team building, leading teams and effective hiring?

    The investment in developing leadership skills will help you go from boss to leader. You and your team should be going to a seminar on these topics once a quarter. Expect to pay between $100 and $200 per person, a little less if you send more people.

    I have always been a great admirer of Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s. He grew from one restaurant to two and then to many because he had so many people who wanted to come work for him at his new restaurant. They could have found a boss anywhere. What they wanted was to be part of creating a successful business and to work for an outstanding leader.

    My advice: Be hungry for success. Project that hunger and the success you are building. Choose to be a leader, not a boss. Do these three things for long enough, and talent will come to find you.

    Published in the January 2015 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Lighter vehicles coming to scrap yards

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    The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have proposed new rules to set stringent fuel and emissions requirements for vehicles for model years 2017 to 2025.

  • Insurance Auto Auctions expands in Tulsa and Des Moines areas

    Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), a business unit of KAR Auction Services, and a live and live-online salvage auto auction company, is expanding two branches in Tulsa, Oklahoma and in Des Moines, Iowa.

  • Salvaging Millions | DEC 2014 Tools for success – an ongoing series


    Be a promise keeper

    The first article of this series listed dozens of tactics you need to be more successful. In the rest of the series, I will take a closer look at each of them.

    You should surround yourself with people who are smarter than you are. Being successful in business takes brains. No doubt that you are smarter than some of the people who work for you. However, if you are always the smartest one in the room, you need to do a better job hiring.

    The person in the engine room of the ship knows the engine inside and out, but he reports to the captain. Do you really think the ship would run as well if the captain spent all of his time in the engine room? The captain needs to delegate and direct a team of people competent in their specialties.

    In the consulting I do with small business owners, I find that finance is an area that owners often do not turn over to the right level person soon enough. For example, if your salvage operation is selling more than 1.5 to 2 million, you should upgrade from a bookkeeper to a comptroller-level finance person.

    When I reached that level of sales, I made a change. It cost me $20,000 more per year to get a comptroller who had financial skills that neither the bookkeeper nor I had. She showed me ways to lower costs, increase sales, and streamline my operations. I recovered the full increase in salary in two months.

    Surround yourself with people who will do things that you won’t. Sometimes, a longtime employee needs to be let go. Some owners can’t do it, even when everyone involved would be better off for it. If you can’t fire, make sure you have someone working for you who can and will let a person go at your direction.

    Surround yourself with people that will do things you can’t. I am not a web designer, but I have a very good understanding of internet marketing. It would be foolish for me to spend time trying to do my own web development and design work. I hire it out because I know people who do it much better and much faster than I ever could. Don’t be afraid to hire smart people to do what you can’t.

    Surround yourself with people that can do things that you shouldn’t. I have started and grown many businesses. One of the reasons that I have done so well is because of what I didn’t do. My greatest talents are in strategic planning, marketing, and managing with metrics. At the start of an enterprise, you may wear many hats, but the sooner you can give the less important tasks away and focus on your strengths, the quicker you will be able to make your business grow. Should you really be ordering the office supplies? Make sure you put your time to its highest and best use.

    Yes, you will have to tolerate some mediocrity to grow. The first and second time a new person takes over a task, he or she may not do it as well as you do. Let them learn. Give them a little mentoring.

    Hire smart people. Delegate the tasks you can’t, won’t or shouldn’t do. How much could your business grow if you could work devote all of your time to doing what you can and should do? It could grow enough to replace your bookkeeper with a comptroller.

    Published in the December 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • U.S. fuel economy reaches record

    New vehicles achieved an all-time-high fuel economy in 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said.

  • RAM 1500 EcoDiesel wins 2015 Green Truck of the Year

    Green Car Journal has awarded its 2015 Green Truck of the Year honor to the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel, a pickup that offers the only advanced, fuel-efficient diesel engine in the light-duty truck segment.

  • Hyundai and Kia to pay record $100 million penalty

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice disclosed a settlement with automakers Hyundai and Kia that will resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations based on their sale of close to 1.2 million vehicles that will emit 4.75 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in excess of what the automakers certified to EPA.

  • Salvaging Millions | NOV 2014 Tools for success – an ongoing series


    Be a promise keeper

    The initial article of this series listed dozens of tools needed for success from my experience. In subsequent articles, I will be exploring them in more depth.

    Always do exactly what you say you will. People will learn that they can count on you, and you want that reputation. Don’t make excuses. Just do what needs to be done.

    When my partners and I sold GreenLeaf the second time, they gave me a Lucite trophy inscribed with the word LOCKSMITH because I was so good at unlocking the potential of people and getting the job done.

    I can be a hard boss. However, people who have worked for me will tell you that they never had to wonder where they stood with me. I was honest in setting expectations, honest with how I would measure success, and honest with people about how they were performing.

    Those who could deliver, they excelled. Those who couldn’t, didn’t stay long.

    The people who work for you want the truth, and they will respect you for telling it.

    Of course, telling the truth may not mean telling all you know. When we bought GreenLeaf back from Ford, it was losing a million dollars per month. We had to decide which 300 people to let go. We knew who with some work, but we had good reasons not to tell until the time was right.

    Remember that these situations are rare exceptions. You should strive to be direct and truthful with everyone in your business life. You never want to look back and wish you had just told the truth.

    The truth can be painful, but, as Don Egilseer used to say, it’s an elixir. It can be healthy to get an issue out in the open where you and your employees can work on it. Did a customer write you a bad check, which caused your account to be overdrawn, and you then had a check returned? It’s ok – call the person you gave the check to and explain what happened, how it’s your responsibility, and tell them exactly how you will make it good. If you can’t deliver on ANY expectation, get in front of it, take ownership, don’t whine or make excuses, and explain how you will fix it.

    Part of being reliable in your business life is about what you promise. Don’t take on projects you can’t do. Don’t overpromise. Always meet or exceed the deadlines you have agreed to.

    If you find yourself always busting your hump to meet a promise that seems impossible the minute after you’ve said it, you need to rethink how you work. Yes, it’s true that the people you promised appreciate your meeting the deadline, but they may not even notice how much blood and tears it cost you.

    Be smarter. Give yourself a realistic deadline and those same people will notice you delivered sooner than you promised. You will be happier and you will reach your career goals sooner.

    You should use the same thinking when you delegate tasks. Never give people on your project the REAL deadline. Always give a deadline that’s BEFORE your true deadline so that you can still stay on track when someone else screws up.

    One of my favorite sayings is “No one cares how bad the storm was; all they care about is whether you brought the ship in.”

    When you are the captain, make sure the ship gets there before you promised.

    Published in the November 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Equipment Spotlight | NOV 2014 Truck Scales

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    As the electronics market expands exponentially, more and more efforts are made to prevent discarded electronics from ending up in landfills.

  • Eleven more GM facilities achieve landfill-free status

    Eleven additional General Motors facilities have achieved landfill-free status. The running total is 122 manufacturing and non-manufacturing operations spanning Asia, Europe, and South and North America that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all waste from daily operations.

    “Our landfill-free movement is part of our culture of continuous improvement embraced by teams globally,” said Jim DeLuca, GM executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. “Not only does it make our operations more efficient and help conserve vital resources, but we’re able to reinvest the money we get from recycling into future vehicles for our customers.”

    GM’s new landfill-free facilities include:

    •CAMI Assembly (Canada)
    •Colmotores Assembly (Colombia)
    •Joinville Engine (Brazil)
    •Zaragoza Assembly (Spain)
    •Zaragoza Stamping (Spain)
    •Grand Rapids Operations (Michigan)
    •Burton Warehouse and Distribution Center (Michigan)
    •GM Heritage Center (Michigan)
    •Shanghai Headquarters (China)
    •Luton Warehouse (England)
    •Fontana Warehouse and Distribution Center (California)

    The addition of these 11 facilities to landfill-free status helps GM avoid more than 600,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions. This is comparable to the greenhouse gas benefit of 15 million tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

    “Our ultimate goal is not to generate any waste at all,” said John Bradburn, GM global manager of waste reduction. “Until then, we do everything we can to ensure it doesn’t end up in the ground. From connecting our suppliers on special recycling projects to reusing packaging, we apply lessons learned across all of our operations to broaden the positive impact.”

    Employee awareness is key in the drive to landfill-free. Colmotores Assembly in Colombia launched awareness campaigns that engaged employees in reducing waste and sorting it correctly. GM’s Shanghai headquarters, a LEED-Gold facility, formed a “Green Team” spanning IT, finance, facilities, R&D and supply chain departments to identify recycling and waste reduction opportunities. Luton Warehouse attributes its success to a robust training initiative that drove a zero-waste culture.

    All of these facilities treat their waste as resources out of place and employ a number of methods to give them a second or third life.

    Reduce: Zaragoza Assembly changed its manufacturing process to reduce solvent consumption from its paint shop; it now reuses 80 percent of it. Packaging continues to be a large waste stream for many plants and CAMI Assembly is tackling it by setting aggressive targets to reduce non-reusable packaging.

    Reuse: Grand Rapids Operations’ in-house oil recycling saves GM $1.2 million per year. It recycles and reuses every gallon of oil it buys from a refinery several times.

    Recycle: CAMI Assembly turns scrap wood into mulch for its wetlands and Grand Rapids Operations recycles grinding wheels as sandpaper. The Grand Rapids site also works with a partner that processes wastewater treatment sludge into a fuel source for the building materials industry.

    Compost: Zaragoza composts wastewater treatment sludge to create fertilizer and Joinville Engine composts its organic cafeteria waste to provide additional nutrients for the site’s trees and plants.

    A strong network of recycling partners and suppliers helps facilities achieve their goals. Localizing the supply chain strengthens the business case and reduces overall carbon footprint. One of Zaragoza’s biggest challenges was finding a nearby partner to efficiently transport and treat paint sludge so it could be used to generate electricity. Burton Warehouse and Distribution Center hired a waste technician to help sort packaging waste generated from expanded shipping and distribution operations. A new recycling partner helped push GM’s Heritage Center to landfill-free status.

    According to GM, landfill-free has no finish line. For example, Colmotores Assembly set a goal to work with suppliers on minimizing packaging waste and designing products for easier reuse or recycling.

    GM’s goal is to achieve 125 landfill-free sites globally by 2020. The company already has met its 10 percent total waste reduction commitment – 7 years ahead of schedule.

    Published in the November 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Pull-a-Part captures record number of mercury switches

    Pull-A-Part, a family business serving the do-it-yourself, used auto parts market, has achieved a milestone in the national effort to prevent mercury contamination in the environment caused by mercury switches in old cars.

  • GM Kokomo joins environmental stewardship program

    General Motors’ Kokomo, Indiana operation is now a member of the Indiana Environmental Stewardship Program.

  • Mazda tops fuel economy report

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s most recent Light Duty Fuel Economy Trends report, Mazda Motor Corporation is the most fuel-efficient auto manufacturer in the U.S for the second consecutive year.

  • Mercedes-Benz required to correct inaccurate fuel economy labels

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising estimates for two 2013/2014 Mercedes C300 4-matic vehicles, the FFV and PZEV, to ensure consumers are given accurate fuel economy values.

  • Salvaging Millions | OCT 2014 Tools for success – an ongoing series


    If I had to summarize the tools I’ve used to become successful and not all are financial, they are: (not in any order). In coming months, I will discuss each of these in more detail, so get your pen and pad ready!

    1. Always do exactly what you say you will, to everyone.
    2. Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you.
    3. Surround yourself with people that can do what you don’t, won’t or shouldn’t do, or that can do it better than you.
    4. Become an effective leader. Not a boss, a leader.
    5. Have a mantra of constant development and improvement.
    6. Be technologically savvy.
    7. You simply must keep perfect credit.
    8. Understand the financials and operating metrics.
    9. Rely on peers and other professionals, including consultants, to help you, being judicious about the cost of course.
    10. Be willing to promote yourself, talk about your successes and mentor others, sharing.
    11. Learn marketing and advertising.
    12. Learn to think strategically.
    13. There is no substitute for an extreme sense of urgency.
    14. Be the 80 percent person.
    15. Host weekly meetings with all key employees, with an agenda.
    16. Learn to delegate; tolerate mediocrity and the value of five seconds.
    17. Share with others, listen, be collaborative – you simply don’t know what you don’t know.
    18. Don’t be afraid to be a rebel – Push back, think out of the box, but be strategic and analytic about it.
    19. There’s plenty of money. Be patient and prove you can plan and then execute against a plan.
    20. Don’t create a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist and don’t breathe your own exhaust (get enamored by your own ideas excluding others).
    21. Watch and understand your competitors but don’t focus on them.
    22. Positive energy – There is no other way to survive the grueling crawl to success.
    23. Systems run like watches, people can let you down.
    24. Understand how your world is going to change – Many successful people start businesses, but their skills were limited to what they did.
    25. Do hard stuff first and have a good work ethic and a strong sense of urgency.

    Published in the October 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Equipment Spotlight | OCT 2014 Auto Balers

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    As the electronics market expands exponentially, more and more efforts are made to prevent discarded electronics from ending up in landfills.

  • California proposes to treat ASR as hazardous

    A California bill that would classify auto shredder output as potentially hazardous waste subject to tighter oversight by state environmental regulators made its way through the legislature and to the governor’s desk for signing.

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute awarded for lightweight metals manufacturing

    Diana Lados, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and founding director of the university’s Integrative Materials Design Center (iMdc), has received a 3 year, $424,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the development of a new way to manufacture metal-ceramic composites, which can be used to make vehicles lighter and more energy efficient, while significantly increasing their performance.

  • Ford’s Oakville assembly plant goes landfill-free in Canada

    The Oakville Assembly plant now sends no operational waste to landfills, an achievement that gives Ford Motor Company the distinction of becoming landfill-free at all its manufacturing facilities in Canada.

  • EPA and Kimberly Clark recognize professional truck drivers

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the American Trucking Associations, Kimberly Clark and the entire trucking industry, honor the 3.1 million professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely every day.

  • The Icebox Derby builds to an exciting finish

    Thirty young women from across Chicagoland worked determinedly in teams to transform old refrigerators into electric race cars.

  • Panhandle Converter Recycling names president

    Panhandle Converter Recycling (PCR) has appointed Lyle A. Peluso Jr. as the new president, and launched a new brand called Urban Mining.

  • Saint-Gobain and Central to make automotive glass

    Saint-Gobain and Central Glass Co., Ltd. have signed an agreement to create a joint venture in Indonesia that will specialize in automotive glass. A plant will be built east of Jakarta to meet the Indonesian automotive market’s rapid growth. The new facility is scheduled to come on stream in 2016 and will have an annual production capacity of 500,000 windshields. The agreement is subject to the approval of the anti-trust authorities.

    Saint-Gobain and Central Glass have been working jointly in the field of automotive glass since 2002 in Japan, and 2012 in China. The investment in Indonesia marks a milestone for Saint-Gobain’s growth strategy in Asia and emerging countries.

    Published in the October 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • Volkswagen plant awarded EPA Rain Catcher Award

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Volkswagen Group of America with the regional 2014 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Commercial Category for the Chattanooga, Tennessee Assembly Plant.

  • KAR Auction acquires half ownership in TradeRev

    Carmel, Indiana-based KAR Auction Services, Inc., a provider of used vehicle auction services, disclosed that its business unit ADESA has acquired a 50 percent stake in Toronto-based Nth Gen Software Inc. (TradeRev) and its online vehicle remarketing system, TradeRev.

  • Recyclers face challenges with non-deployed OEM airbags

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    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

  • Mexico’s proposed emissions standards for automotive battery recyclers too weak

    Lead exposure will continue until Mexico gets serious about public health

    Responding to reports that Mexico’s environmental protection agency will soon propose revised lead emission standards for automobile battery recyclers

  • Stormwater regulations tighten for recyclers

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    Rarely has there been a more vexing subject as stormwater runoff regulations as they apply to the recyclers of scrap metals and automobiles.

  • 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.