Pete’s Auto & Truck Parts, Inc in Jenison, MI
Owners: Amber Kendrick
How many acres do you occupy? 8 acres for main site; 1 acre for sales office and warehouses. (The original building from the 1950s is now a dismantling operation with 2 bays. Our office/shipping and receiving building, and another dismantling building with 4 bays, are at the main location. Across the street and around the corner is where 4 of our 5 salespeople have their offices, and we have 3 warehouses.)
Number of vehicles process annually: Approximately 2400
Number of dismantling bays: 6
Number of employees: Sales—5 (soon to be 6); Production—6 dismantlers, 1 loader operator, 1 crusher, 1 wh stocker, 2 parts pullers, 5 shippers; Other—4 delivery drivers, 3.5 managers, 1 inventory, 1.5 purchasing, 2 office, and 1 Pete Elenbaas, head of common sense, weed killing, copper harvesting and extraordinary projects
Company history: Third generation business, started in 1956.
How long have you been a Team PRP member? Nine years. We were in the original “Midwest Automotive Group” that started the runner service in Michigan/Illinois/Ohio/Kentucky. Then Pete’s helped create the “Heartland PRP” group, which was eventually folded into the larger regional group.
Industry affiliations: ARA, Auto Recyclers of Michigan
What’s special about your company? At Pete’s, our incredible team is what sets us apart. We have a great mix of experienced veterans and fresh new perspectives! Valuing each and every position in our company, we seek out people that are a great fit for their specific job and love what they do. Our four-person management team is very close—we each run our own departments, but converge for weekly meetings to set goals and evaluate performance. Pete’s has been a “supply” yard for decades; our best customers are recyclers and we treat them that way. We strive to keep yard lead times at 4 hours or less, and dismantle at 24 hours or less, so we can pull parts quickly and get them on the runner or other trucks quickly—time is money!