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

    by RON STURGEON, AutoSalvageConsultant.com

    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

    by RON STURGEON, AutoSalvageConsultant.com

    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.

  • Car-Part.com launches next generation marketplace

    Car-Part.com 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

    by RON STURGEON, AutoSalvageConsultant.com

    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