|Auto Recycling eNewsletter
For immediate release – May 2010
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
New Hampshire Auto Salvage Yard Settles with Attorney General Over Alleged Waste Disposal Violations: James Bonia, DBA Tri State Car Crushing was hit with a $114,000 penalty. According to a story by Nick Rees of Legal Newsline: “The state alleged in the lawsuit that Bonia had violated state laws by operating an unpermitted solid waste facility, improperly managing and storing hazardous wastes and regulated substances, failing to report and clean up spills of hazardous wastes and regulated substances, failing to protect monitoring wells from damage or burial, and failing to perform groundwater monitoring as previously agreed.” Read the full story here.
Peer Benchmarking Group for Recyclers Led by Ron Sturgeon Scheduled in Fort Worth, TX: One of the most important decisions that I made as the owner of a salvage operation was the decision to join a peer mentoring group. I was much more successful in leading in my local market because of the ideas that I got from other recyclers at our twice yearly meetings. I am looking for a few recyclers (one per market) to join a peer benchmarking group. Learn more about how peer benchmarking can help make 2010 your best year yet. The next groups will be on Saturday, September 18 and Saturday, October 2. A group for large salvage operators (50+ employees) is scheduled for Friday, November 12. Register now.
Scrap Metal Theft Ring Busted in Lexington, OK: According to an April 13 story filed by Joleen Chaney of NBC Affiliate KFOR thieves target older cars because “It is easy money; if a car is more than 10 years old, all you need is an ID to get paid, no title needed.” Ronnie Argo of A & B auto recyclers purchased a small number of older cars from the three men charged in connection with the ring. See the KFOR video.
Philadelphia Enquirer Applauds Work of Ethics Office in Probing Dealings of Former GA Congressman and Salvage Yard Owner Nathan Deal: According to the editorial, “Too often in the past, members of Congress could avoid the taint of an ethics probe by resigning. Leaving office early is indeed punishment for a career politician, but quitting often allowed a lawmaker to avoid discipline that might have been meted out by a congressional ethics committee.” In the case of Deal, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) persisted in releasing the findings after Deal had resigned. The allegations against Deal are that he used his Congressional office to pressure Georgia officials to “protect hundreds of thousands of dollars that his auto-salvage company earned annually from the state vehicle inspection program.” Read the Enquirer’s editorial. Deal tells his side of the story to the Savanna Morning News.
Ridgetop TN Salvage Yard Fire: More than 100 firefighters worked to contain a fire that is believed to have started after 7pm on April 20 at Shrum Auto Salvage on Old Buck Hill Road in Ridgetop, Tennessee. No injuries have been reported according to a story on the fire in the Nashville News.
Auto Parts City opens in Gurnee-Park City, IL: Auto Parts City, a salvage yard, opened for business last month, but waited until Earth Day to hold its official opening. Owners Larry and Jay Brosten chose the 40th annual Earth Day to highlight the many ways that the business does its part to keep the environment clean. Russell Lissau, writing for the Daily Herald notes, “All the cars that come in are drained of fluids before they go out to the complex’s large lot, and those liquids are recycled rather than dumped in the trash. Gasoline is transplanted into the tanks of the company’s trucks. Antifreeze and windshield-wiper fluid are re-bottled for sale. They even use oil from engines and transmissions to heat the buildings.” Read the full story in the Herald.
Exceptions Added to Salvage Threshold in Bill Awaiting MD Governor’s Signature: According to an article in Body Shop Business dated April 22, 2010: “Fifteen months following the marketplace enactment of the 75 percent salvage threshold in Maryland (S.B. 568), a bill that adds an exclusion to the threshold for “cosmetic damage” and “the cost of towing, storage or vehicle rental” (H.B. 1199) has passed the Maryland House and Senate. Read the complete article.
“Success – To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded.”
Bessie A. Stanley
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.