Northwest Auto Parts, founded in 1955, was purchased in 1981 by Chuck Ossenkop. Unlike many automotive recycling business histories, Ossenkop had not been raised within a family recycling business; instead, he purchased this relatively small facility as a potentially promising opportunity to develop his own business.
In time, Ossenkop’s three sons joined with the company, making it a true family, full-service business which boasts state-of-the-art equipment, processing approximately 850 late model vehicles per year. Their facility is considered the leading “green” auto parts supplier in Alaska.
To secure future facility needs, the business has more recently purchased a one-acre lot and 6,500-square-foot building contiguous to their 15-acre property, completed an arduous process of re-zoning 5 acres of land contiguous to their property, and built a 2,400-square-foot building for engine storage.
Additionally, Northwest has continued to develop their core sales program with the help of the URG’s Reman Program. (In previous years, this was a profit center they struggled to find markets for due to our geographic location.) They are also exploring eBay sales by developing a program and assigning a dedicated employee to that effort.
The Ossenkop family is strongly committed to excellence and has achieved the highest environmental certification levels. They are also proud to be active community members involved in numerous local charitable associations.