“Son, you cannot come work for me at the salvage yard till you have your 4-year degree.” These were the words out of Dennis Thompson’s mouth in the fall of 1996 when his son Michael was unsure about whether he should go to college or just go to work at the family business.
Dennis, the company’s owner from 1977-2005, hadn’t gone to college and knew there were some book smarts that were going to be taught at Western Michigan that his son would need to help grow the business. Then, after college, he could come home and learn the street smarts of the business. The two educations would be key in improving the sales and future of the company.
Dennis grew up around the gas/service station business. He found it funny that when his four stations were open 24 hours a day, he would call a salvage yard for a part, and those guys did not work near the hours his shops did! They were not always there when a part was neededa��half-day Saturday and no Sundaysa��”wow, sounds great!!” he thought. Rather than be jealous of their hours, he sold his stations, and along with a partner, purchased American and Import Auto Parts in 1977.
On the first day open, Gayle Thompson came by the store, not just to congratulate her husband on the new business venture, but to tell him she was pregnant with their second childa��who has now been the owner of company for the last 10 years.
In 2000, with a degree in small business management from Western Michigan University, Michael came home to work as an employee at the store for a 5-year term. At the end of the term, the two choices were to either buy the company or help sell it, because Dennis was going to retire.
In 2005, Michael was happy to buy the company and was very excited about where future of auto recycling was going! It’s 2015, 10 years later, and Michael is still excited to come into work every day, buy salvage, and continue growing the company.
I am proud to say there has been more changes in the last five years than the previous 20 at our store. A few of the changes included joining the Mid-West Recyclers Group, joining Team PRP, collecting cores, utilizing Counts Profit Team Meetings twice a year, sub-contracting local deliveries, Parts-Trader involvement, and stocking remanufactured engines and transmissions.
I guess when you sit down to write up an article about your store, it’s amazing to see the changes that have to be made to stay competitive in our industry. There are so many different ways auto recyclers can operate (late model, 4×4, u-pull-its, etc.), but having the vehicles that people want parts from is the key to selling parts. At WMU, during Economics 101, the supply and demand curve was taught. I could not think of a more important model for our industry for that. It’s ok to have four late model Ford super-duty engines, because there is more demand than supply. On the flip side, in our market, there little need to have a 1994 Taurus engine, because there is almost no demand. A good inventory buyer can be the difference of whether that company is going up, or even worse, going out.
The “nuts and bolts” of our store:
a�? Last year we processed over 800 late model vehicles
a�? We have 16 acres of land that holds 1300 vehicles
a�? We have 14 hard working and appreciated full-time employees
a�? Some of our best customers are other salvage yards
a�? Our delivery trucks run on recycled fuel and our warehouse is heated with recycled oil
For what it’s worth, I still have high hopes for our industry. I understand the days of just coming in and making money are over, but for companies like oursa��who adapt to trends and new products along with being more choosey on what we buy and who we employeea��the future is bright.
– Michael Thompson, Owner
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Northwest Auto Parts in Anchorage, Alaska
Northwest Auto Parts was founded in 1955, and was later 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 own and develop his own business. It was necessary for him to learn everything about the business from that point forward.
The once-small business evolved to a much more sizable operation over several years, grown strategicallya�?step by stepa�?while facing many hurdles.
Initially, it was necessary to build a heated warehouse to protect product, and a computerized inventory system was added.
Today the company has expanded to a 15-acre site, processing about 800 vehicles per year, and boasts state-of-the-art equipment. It has also become a family business with Ossenkop’s three sons taking part, along with 23 full-time employees.
It was Ossenkop’s goal to be the largest volume recycled parts dealer in Alaska, and he has felt that this goal has been accomplished. In fact, Northwest Auto Parts is considered the leading “green” auto parts supplier in Alaska.
As a proud partner of Team PRP, he stated, “We believe in Team PRP’s core values, even though our benefits are limited due to geographic location.
Trading and trust within Team PRP has helped foster strong business relationships.”
The business is proud to be active in several charitable causes including donations of vehicles for training firemen on extrication and jaws of life usage.
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The original foundation for Chuck’s was purchased by Chuck and Lois Reinert in 1972. Chuck had a very reputable repair facility that moved to the 1.5-acre site located at 6867 Boyertown Pike, Douglassville, PA.
Chuck’s Service Center slowly transitioned to Chuck’s Auto Salvage as the years passed, and began focusing strictly on part sales. The adjacent property was purchased and the facility was expanded to 9 acres. The business portion is on approximately 6 acres. The additional acreage afforded considerable growth over the years. Doug Reinert, President, and JR Reinert, Vice President, were fortunate to have the opportunity to purchase the facility from their parents in 2011.
The company is proud to have 36 part-time and full-time personnel on staff. Eleven drivers manage eight daily routes throughout southeast PA. Seven salesmen satisfy the clients’ sale requests via the 2800-and-growing incoming phone calls weekly. Three dismantlers disassemble 120 units purchased monthly. The balance of the production staff diligently completes the task of servicing the clients with quality parts, delivered on time.
Chuck’s is proud members of URG, and ARA on the Gold Seal Level. One of the most positive influences on the business has been to be involved with Team PRP Northeast from its inception. Doug serviced the Industry by committing to the 4-year term of sitting on the chairs of ARA serving as President during 2010 and 2011. He also serves on the ARA Safety Committee and is actively involved with PARTS, Pennsylvania’s state Recyclers Association. JR has served as President of Team PRP Northeast 2014 and also very active advocate for our industry and passionate about the success of Team PRP.
The business is quick to acknowledge the advantages of the consulting provided in the Team PRP Profit Teams and the sharing of bottom-line results with other recyclers in their Profit Team; Chuck’s continues to have double-digit growth and tracking that way again for 2015. With planned and calculated purchasing and the recently increase in business opportunities in the Team PRP Northeast area, the business looks forward to a successful future for their employees and the company. They are very excited and are currently in negotiations for another facility in the York Harrisburg area.
Chuck’s also acknowledges the opportunities for all parties with the arrival of the trailer connecting Team PRP Northeast and PRP North America, at the Binghamton, NY hub. As a united group of independent recyclers focused on increasing quality part trading, Team PRP has to ability to compete as exceed the service provided by the “gorillas” in the industry.
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County Line Auto Parts, located in Kingsville, Missouri, was founded in 1996 as a small, family-owned and -operated business that primarily targeted the rural, retail market.
Dennis and Krystyn Roberts purchased the facility in November, 2003. Don Morris (retired) and Joe Roederer joined the team as partners in 2004 to round out the sales and marketing aspects of the business. This partnership immediately realized substantial growth in a short amount of time. County Line is now on the preferred vendor list of most premier insurance companies, warranty companies, body shops and dealerships.
The business started in a two-person sales office with a dismantling bay and small warehouse. The facility has grown substantially and now includes a large two-tier drivetrain warehouse, a six-door production facility, and 26 acres of vehicles, and is often recognized for its flow, cleanliness, and organization. The inventory has increased tremendously, and now County Line has an organized and profitable vehicle mix.
Key features and milestones of County Line, under the newer ownership, include:
a�? A specialization in late model salvage, delivering to customers up to 100 miles away with our fleet of 8 delivery trucks
a�? Clean, quality parts that go through several points of inspection before leaving our facility
a�? Next-day delivery in most cases to our shops, plus shipping nationwide
a�? Over 110,000 parts in inventory
a�? Approximately 1500 cars in inventory
a�? 35 full-time employees (up from 6 employees at time of purchase)
a�? Gold Seal Certification (September 2007)
a�? C.A.R. Certification (September 2007)
County Line has been a member of Team PRP Midwest since QRP Midwest merged with it several years ago. Because of the support of partners in the industry, along with the benefit of key employees with decades of automotive industry experience, County Line quickly emerged into a premier automotive recycler and continues to improve and grow each year.
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James Cooley, Jr. and Dalton Cooley
a�? Company History:
James and Daltona��s dad, James Cooley Sr., purchased HiWay Auto Parts in 1975. The previous owner sold the business to James Sr. thinking that James Sr. could not make the salvage yard a success; he thought he would eventually repo the business after making a profit while financing it for James Sr. Needless to say, James Sr. proved that he could make the salvage yard successfula��far beyond what anyone expected.
The original site was located in Early, TX and consisted of 3 acres, with James Sr. and five employees handling the daily business. James Jr. and Dalton worked for their dad during summers and after school. Hiway Auto outgrew the old location and relocated to the current location in 1986. In 1994, the business was incorporated and the name was changed to HiWay Auto Inc. Since moving to the current location, James Sr., with his two sons, had purchased adjoining land, giving HiWay Auto 47 acres of land.
After James Sr.a��s passing in 2007, his sons James Jr. and Dalton have taken over ownership. The company continues to grow, with additional improvements continually being made. We have built a reputation of integrity and honesty that we take pride in.
a�? Facility Info:
Our 47-acre property is equipped with numbered row location to locate the 1500 vehicles that we currently have on site.
We have a newly remodeled front office, with two counter salesmen providing an atmosphere that is welcoming to our customers as they are helped in locating the parts that they need. Our main office has five individual offices plus six individual salesman cubicles. Our latest addition is a conference room for our monthly company meetings.
The facility includes a large warehouse and production area; a rebuilder shop; an engine warehouse that is equipped to hold 1000 motors and transmissions; a dismantling/core/shipping building; and a sizeable front-end building.
The five-bay dismantling area is equipped with dismantling tables, overhead cranes and seven lifts. We have just purchased a brand new Alkota Cleaning System equipped with a geyser GT portable electric hot water press to ensure that our parts being sold are clean and of high quality.
a�? Number of Employees:
We have 26 full-time employees. Owners: James Cooley, Jr. & Dalton Cooley; Manager, Alvis Eoff; Production manager, Juan Perez; Dismantling Manager, Bo Edwards; Salesman Manager; Chris Cooley; Salesman Manager, and Donnie Worley; Buying/Rebuilder Manager.
a�? How long a Team PRP member:
HiWay Auto Inc. was a co-founder of Parts Source of Texas, which they created around 2002. So, Hiway Auto has been a member of PRP and its affiliates for over 12 years.
a�? Industry Association Affiliations:
URG; Texas Auto Recyclers Association-James Cooley currently is serving as board member and previously served as president; Automotive Recycling Association.
a�? Mission Statement:
HiWay Auto Inc. is a family-owned recycling business seeking to be the preferred supplier of quality recycled parts and to provide a high standard of excellence in customer service, quality, and competitive prices.
a�? Website: http://www.hiwayauto.com
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Locations: H&H Cozad is the home store, located in Cozad, Nebraska. H&H Owl is in Grand Island, Nebraska. H&H Loveland is located in Loveland, Colorado. H&H Owl acts as a a�?huba�? and is situated in the old downtown area of Grand Island. Our Owl location handles much retail and delivers from the Cozad site to central and eastern Nebraska.
Additional Locations: H&H Axle, begun 12 years ago, is a fourth H&H business that became a separate LLC just in the last 6 months. (It is located at the Cozad location.)
Company History: H&H is a third generation business opened in 1959a��originally serving as a body shopa��by Kirk and Carolyn Herrington. In 1980, they made the decision to change over to 100% salvage. Second generation ownership occurred in 1993 with Don and Gayla Malcom at the helm. In 2010, Zane and Joscelyn Malcom (the third generation) purchased the company.
Whata��s Special/Unique About Your Company? Our company is unique in that we have four businesses in three locations across two statesa��with one vision!
Facility Info: Our Cozad location is a 20-acre property which can hold 1400 autos (we are currently at 700). The Loveland location is on 7 acres, and can hold 700 autos. The Cozad and Loveland locations dismantled 990 cars in 2014; the goal for 2015 is 1200. We purchase about 300 scrap (street cars) annually, primarily in Colorado.
Company Growth: H&H focuses heavily on what we call the back side of businessa��percentages for all department in wages, sales, production, overtime, cores, etc. We have a young but smart management group here. We hold Monday morning Manager/Owner meetings, and the managers have a weekly sales and production meeting based on the Monday morning topics. All meetings are conducted with all three sites via Skype or conference call. We also send employees site to site, because we like to keep the company working efficiently as one.
Of course, the company has grown a great deal since we purchased H&H Owl in 2012, then H&H Loveland in 2013.
The H&H axle business is currently installing a coring facility to clean, core and catalog core product more efficiently. Over the years, it has grown into handling 100 units per month. We are in the process of making our own interchange that maps to Hollander IC. All axles are built with the highest quality parts available, and we are buying from all the OEM parts producers, so most axles are rebuilt with all new OEM parts. Pinnacle users can see our product by moving H&H Axle UP in the URGNet/PinnacleNET partner set-up.
Number of Employees: 38 employeesa��7 salespeople, 4 dismantlers, 3 axle employees, 3 bookkeepers, 17 in production/ship-ping/cores, and 4 drivers.
Industry Association Affiliations: ARA (Automotive Recyclers Association), GMAR (Greater Midwest Automotive Recyclers), CAR (Colorado Auto Recyclers), and Team PRP.
How Long Have You Been a Team PRP Member? Three years. a�?It has been a great experiencea��the education, relationships, and the opportunity to work with other partners who deal with only the highest quality parts.a�?
Main Location: Grassy Auto Parts, Inc. (West Liberty, KY) Free ghs cloud mining lg – Profitable
Additional Locations: Bluegrass Auto Parts (Lexington, KY) and Used Auto Parts Outlet, Inc. (South Charleston, WV)
Company History: John Keller (Tima��s father) started Grassy in 1959. He was an insurance adjustor for GMAC and was transferred to West Liberty, KY from West Virginia. He soon realized, after working the area, that there was a need for an automotive recycling industry in Eastern Kentucky. Tim enjoyed the business and began working there at a young age; he worked alongside his Dad for many years until John retired in 1990. Kristin worked in the business while growing up, and has continued to work alongside her father in running the three locations.
Whata��s Special/Unique About Your Company? The size of our yard and the number of vehicles we have on inventory is different than most other yards. Auto Parts Outlet is on 8 acres; Bluegrass Auto Parts is on 7 acres; Grassy Auto Parts is on over 250 acres. The terrain of our yard is also unlike most! Besides those obvious things, operating a full scrap yard helps us to capitalize on recycling all unusable items off of our inventory, and it gives us an opportunity to buy vehicles across the scale that we might not have had access to.
Facility Info: We process approximately 2000 cars annually, with 7 dismantling bays running full-time, between all three locations. We have close to 3000 late model cars and trucks inventoried. Last year, we purchased 1200 cars, not including the cars purchased across the scale. We operate a full-service recycling facility buying all types of metal (steel, copper, aluminum, brass, etc.). We have daily deliveries that cover most of Kentucky, West Virginia, and Southern Ohio.
Company Growth: Over the years, we have continued to make changes to grow our company, beginning in the mid-1960a��s, when John started Keller Long Lines to connect yards through a dedicated circuit. Installing Hollander in 1988, to be a front runner in computerizing our business, was another step. We opened two additional locations to cover areas where we felt there was need. In 2010, we changed computer systems to Pinnacle Professional in order to keep up with the growing industry. At that time, we also integrated the three locations with a VoIP, realizing that optimizing all the salesman at all locations would help us get our customers taken care of. We hired a general manager, Gary Mixon, in 2010 as well, which helped us change our business. Other revisions included offering a 6-month warranty with extended warranties, and beginning our salesman on performance pay. We always believe that we must change with the changing industry to continue to run a successful salvage yard!
Industry Association Affiliations: KATRA; CAR; GOLD Seal; ARA; URG; PRP
Number of Employees: For all sites combined, we have 8 in Sales, 7 Dismantlers, 6 in Order Fulfillment, 5 Yard Pullers, 3 in Inventory, and 9 Delivery Drivers.
How Long Have You Been a Team PRP Member? We have been a PRP member since May 2014!
Arizona Auto Parts started in 1919 in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, where the parts company also included a technical school for aspiring vehicle mechanics. In 1954, they relocated to their current location and have remained there for the past 60 years.
Owned by the Pierson Family, Arizona Auto Parts is now under the leadership of the 4th generation. Mike Pierson and Ken Hardison handle the day-to-day operations but could not do it without the many dedicated employees, most of whom have been employees for over 10 years.
Arizona Auto has grown from its single auto recycling facility to include the late model full-service facility, a stand-alone auto repair center, 3 self-serve locations, and a scrap metal company. They still train aspiring mechanics . . . and parts pullers and salesmen!
Staying armed with the best yard management system, peer groups, and ARA, URG and Team PRP training, Arizona Auto has continued to grow at a steady pace. The full-Serve Arizona Auto Parts has 32 employees and processes over 150 vehicles per month.
Arizona Auto Parts is committed to employing great people, buying great inventory, and taking care of their great customers. Team PRP standards and best practices are trained on a weekly basis at Arizona Auto. Tuesdays before work, the sales team meets; Thursdays it is the production teama��s turn. We have seen an increase in consumer confidence as we strive to meet the high standards that come with delivering Premium Recycled Parts.
They are further committed to protecting the environment. Besides all the green benefits of auto recycling, Arizona Auto Parts has participated in a green initiative that is helped by living where the sun always shines. In 2010, Arizona Auto installed 500 solar panels on the warehouse roofs. The Arizona sun now drives our power bills down to well under $100 per month.
Ben Silver & Jeff Silver
a�? Company History:
Our company was established in 1977 as a�?Denver Import Auto Partsa�? by Larry Silver and Norman Wright (Stadium Auto Parts). A couple years after the origination of a�?Denver Import Auto Parts,a�? Larry purchased the rest of the company shares and changed the name to a�?Central Foreign Auto Parts,a�? the business grew to be more successful and refined each year. Larry was the son of a small business owner and understood the importance of ethics and honesty in business. Early on, Larry established that top quality parts and great service would be the focus of the company. In 2005, after a battle with Leukemia, Larry passed and left the business to his two sons Ben and Jeff. The principles that the company were started on were reinforced, and Central continued to grow and supply high quality, guaranteed parts to markets across the country. After expansion efforts into Domestic Auto Parts went well, the company changed their name to a�?Central Auto Partsa�? in 2014 to better reflect their product offerings. Today, Central Auto Parts has built a reputation that is second to none in the Denver Metro Area. You can tell quality is job one at Central, and thata��s how wea��ve become a�?Denvera��s Leader in Recycled Auto Parts!a�?
a�? Facility Info:
Central Auto Parts developed a new site just north of Downtown Denver near 60th Ave. and Federal Blvd. This project, from land and site development to complete move, took over a year and was completed in April 2014. We sit on 6.4 acres of industrial land adjacent to I-76 and just minutes from the 2 largest highways in the state. We utilize a�?Block Rowa�? sections and ABC inventory rows to store our nearly 600 vehicles on site. We have 3000 sq. ft. of remodeled office featuring a 750 square foot conference/meeting room, 8 offices, and a front office. Our new site features a state-of-the-art four-bay dismantling facility (4000 sq. ft.) equipped with Bend-Pak lifts and 13a�? tall overhead cranes that serve two bays each. We use dismantling tables, overhead shop air and electric, and custom tool/prep carts to quickly dismantle and prep mechanical parts for stocking. Our warehouse is roughly 11,500 square feet and has the capacity to hold roughly 850 engines and 1100 transmissions. We utilize narrower aisles and custom material handling equipment (no electrical or mechanical equipment, to reduce costs, downtime, and equipment reliance) to handle all parts in our warehouse. We also have a dedicated parts prep, staging, and shipping area (3000 sq. ft.). We utilize an ESD Waste2Water System paired with high volume/PSI Landa Pressure Washer to make sure our parts are Team PRP Clean and Quality.
a�? Number of employees:
We have 17 full-time employees.
a�? Owners a�� Ben Silver & Jeff Silver
a�? Managers & Leads a�� Don Eccles, Buying/GM; Gavin LeGrande, Production Manager; Sales Lead, Tony Larson; Dismantling Lead; Chris Maughan
a�? How long a Team PRP member?
Central a�?Foreigna�? Auto Parts was an original member of PAR West, which was created around 2002. So, Central has been a member of PRP and its affiliates for over 12 years.
a�? Industry association affiliations:
URG a�� URG 8000 Accredited, ARA, Colorado Automotive Recyclers a�� Ben Silver serves as Vice President, Automotive Service Association (ASA-CO), BBB Accredited
a�? Mission Statement:
Central Auto Parts is dedicated to providing the highest quality recycled parts possible. We will provide unparalleled customer service, on-time delivery, and treat our clients with kindness, honesty, and respect. Our primary goal is continued profitable growth through refined management practices, efficient production, and a focused marketing strategy. Cloud mining nedir xiaomi – Profitable
Central Auto Parts is further dedicated to providing a safe, challenging, progressive, fun, and financially satisfying workplace for all of its employees. Our employees take pride in the work they complete and should be proud to be a part of the Central Auto Parts team.
a�? Website: http://www.centralforeign.comA� (New site and URL coming in late November!)
Joe Fox, Bill Fox, and Bob Fox
We currently have 25 acres, process around 900 vehicles annually, and run 4 dismantling bays. We run a pre-dismantle facility, so we have 2 full-time dismantlers and 1 dismantler/production flex employee. Every vehicle gets dismantled on arrival, and all parts that would require a loader or dismantlera��s bay are pulled at that time, allowing any of our 5 production staff to go out to the vehicles and pull the remaining inventoried parts as they are sold. But with all engines, transmissions and suspensions already pulled and put away, it is a much easier time to pull the remaining parts. Our production staff are on a a�?Start to finisha�� system, where they sign on to the part, pull the part, prep the part ,and package the part for delivery, so we can maintain a higher level of accountability for the quality of our parts.
Number of employees:
We currently staff 7 salesmen, 2 dismantlers, 5 production and 4 drivers.
In 1973, we started off with a small facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with the desire to provide top quality used auto parts at a reasonable price with five-star customer service to the Metro Detroit area. Today, we still service the greater Metro Detroit area, but there have been many changes to improve our family owned business.
In 1985 we moved to a state-of-the-art facility located on 25 acres in Belleville, Michigan. Our inventory is now completely computerized, photographed, and inspected. We have over 50,000 ft. of storage space and process over 800 vehicles a year. We are a family-owned business in the 2nd generation with the 3rd generation quickly coming up.
How long a Team PRP member?
Wea��ve been a PRP member since 2012.
Industry association affiliations:
Fox Auto Parts is a proud member of Automotive Recyclers Association, United Recyclers Group and Auto Recyclers of Michigan as well as Team PRP
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In 2008, we opened a full-service department with 12 service bays staffed by ASE and state certified technicians that perform all repairs from brake jobs to engine replacements. This past summer, we were proud to open Fox Auto U-Pull, a U-pull yard located right next to our full service yard, so that we can help service more customers. We are always looking for ways to grow and improve our business and look forward to what the years ahead will bring.
Whata��s special about your company? What differentiates you from the rest of the industry?
We are committed to being as efficient as possible, and we try to stay ahead of the curve. We try to regularly go over everything from how we load trucks in the morning, to how we place vehicles in the yard, to make things run as smoothly as possible. Wea��re also very customer service oriented; we try to help every customer to the best of our abilities and get them the parts they need as quickly as possible.