|Auto Recycling eNewsletter
For immediate release – February 2011
Written and published by Ron Sturgeon, autosalvageconsultant.com, email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for future free issues, visit http://www.autosalvageconsultant.com. Don’t forget to watch for our management articles monthly in Recyclers Power Source Magazine, or posted at our web site.
This Month’s News
LKQ Identified as Takeover Target: Morningstar subsidiary Footnoted has identified several companies likely to be acquired in the coming months. According to Footnoted, one of the top takeover targets is auto parts manufacturer LKQ Corp. Enhancing the attractiveness of LKQ are its healthy cash flow and competitive market position, and recent news of a new CEO adds to the speculation.
To learn more about forecasted mergers and acquisitions, read the full article here.
Auto Salvage Entrepreneurs Work Together with Peer Benchmarking:
Despite cautiously optimistic predictions from analysts, 2011 is likely to be a challenging year for many small business owners. Auto salvage companies tend to thrive during economic downturns, but it’s important to be in the right place at the right time. Peer benchmarking sessions from Mr. Mission Possible, Ron Sturgeon, are an important tool in growing a salvage business.
“They always say that two heads are better than one,” says Ron Sturgeon. “That’s how these peer benchmarking sessions are designed. When we cooperate and learn from one another’s experiences, we all benefit. And we eliminate the risk of competition by only accepting one business professional from each market.”
Learn more about how peer benchmarking can help make 2011 your best year yet. The next group will be on May 14, 2011. Register now.
Police Raid Targets Car Management Systems – QRP-Affiliated Company: A CAR MS-QRP member company is the target of a police raid involving stolen vehicles. The Canadian company, A&L Auto Recyclers, is reportedly cooperating with police in the investigation, and neither the company nor any of its employees have been charged with a crime.
“We are conducting a search warrant, our command post is on scene, and we have several units assisting with the search,” said Essex County, Ontario OPP Const. Janet Hayes. “This is part of an ongoing investigation.”
Read the full story here.
Recycled Auto Parts Company Advertises During Super Bowl: While most Super Bowl ads are paid for and produced by big-name, big-budget companies, Country Line Auto Parts is proving that smaller businesses can also benefit from advertising during the popular sporting event. The rural Missouri-based auto parts company says it has seen a huge jump in business since running the ad, which it hoped would show the professional side of buying salvaged auto parts.
“We want people to be able to visually see our facility and feel comfortable coming here,” said company representative Krystyn Roberts. “It isn’t a junkyard. Women, professionals, anybody can come here and get a good alternative part.”
To read more about how the Super Bowl ad boosted business for Country Line Auto Parts, see the full article here.
Salvaged Car Auction Company Moving to Texas: Copart, USA, a successful online auction company for salvaged automobiles, will be moving its headquarters from Fairfield, California to Dallas, Texas. The company employs 334 people in Fairfield, and will be maintaining some administrative positions in the area. Copart hopes that the move will allow them to better connect with their customer base.
“Diversifying our office locations allows Copart to be closer geographically to our customers and clients, resulting in greater operational efficiencies and improved customer service,” said Vinnie Mitz, president of Copart.
Read more about the move here.
Salvage Company Owner Featured on Cover of Canadian Auto Recyclers Magazine: Ed MacDonald reports being very excited and “humbled” by making the cover of the popular auto recycling industry magazine, Canadian Auto Recycler. MacDonald’s company Maritime Auto Salvage in Glenholme, Canada has been in business for several decades, but MacDonald’s involvement in the industry has helped shine the spotlight on how essential auto parts recycling is becoming.
“My enthusiasm for the business individually is still as strong and vibrant,” he said. “My enthusiasm for auto recycling, not only nationally but worldwide, has gone up. I really do feel that we are now becoming, if you will, a necessity rather than an outside party.”
Read more here.
“The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.”
AutoSalvageconsultant.com was formed in 2001 to help recyclers improve their businesses. The group has become THE definitive source for recyclers’ management and training needs. The founder, Ron Sturgeon is past owner of AAA Small Car World. In 1999, he sold his six Texas locations, with 140 employees, to Greenleaf. In 2001, he founded North Texas Insurance Auction, which he sold to Copart in 2002. In 2009, his book Salvaging More Millions from Your Small Business was published to help small business owners achieve significant success. Ron consults, speaks, and writes about issues key to successful entrepreneurship. Reach Ron at 817-838-8477 8# or contact him on www.autosalvageconsultant.com.