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Concerned Auto Recyclers of Wisconsin is our state association for professionals in the automotive recycling industry. It is the only state association specifically designed to increase the efficiency and profitability of business in the automotive dismantling and recycling industry, while continuing to preserve and protect our environment.

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Member Profile: Auto Parts Recycling Inc.
Starting a business is challenging, keeping an existing business going with competition from a multitude of internet resources is the new additional marketing strategy needed to remain viable. Auto Parts and Recycling Inc. has been an operating salvage yard since the 1940’s, with the current owner, Dennis Wendtland obtaining the business in 1985. While as a business that offers the opportunity to go out and pull your own parts, the need to have the ability to inventory parts so they are readily available for local businesses, customers and requests from around the US is an increasingly vital facet to overall success. With many customers, time is of the essence, parts are needed as soon as possible to complete repairs and get vehicles back on the road.

Auto Parts and Recycling Inc. is working to improve our day to day operations by including the addition of a new dismantling garage and sales office. With 4 vehicle bays all located in one building, this gives our employees the ability to work more efficiently and produce a higher volume of inventory available to our customers -both in pulling your own parts and readily available shelved inventory. Some of the challenges we face is the ability to obtain newer inventory at a competitive cost, finding and retaining quality staff while keeping operating costs optimal for profitability.

With many variables contributing to the industry in regards to sales such as the internet, economy and relying on the continuing support of local businesses and customers, we strive to provide reputable customer service along with readily available quality parts (many carry a 6 month warranty) and efficient delivery timelines. Posting on social media has helped to increase interest by keeping people in the loop on incoming inventory and special promotions we offer. Social media also gives us the opportunity to build a rapport with individuals that might otherwise not take the time to reach out. We live in an ever increasing fast paced digital age that requires constant monitoring and marketing strategies to stay competitive.


From the Secretary’s Desk
By Sandy Dumke

This will be the last newsletter before the Upper Midwest Recyclers Convention & Trade Show. If you have not signed up or reserved your room, please do it soon. The convention will be May 4-5-6, 2017 at the Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire, WI.

We have worked very hard to get you the most interesting and informative speakers we could on topics including: Insurance - why and what do you need; Illegal Sales – how to stop sales of illegal parts and vehicles; Advertising - are you making mistakes; and Technology Training for your staff. In addition, there will be safety resources available, information on inventory estimates, and new technology for testing engines. If you want to have satisfied customers, the best way is to ensure that your parts have been tested before they go out the door. As always, we will again offer forklift and air bag training for any of your employees that need to be certified. We have some of the best instructors in the country and there is no cost to you for the classes.

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Where Did You Come From?
By Jake Nawrocki, Rockitop Auto Salvage

No, I don’t mean that literally. I don’t care if you come from Tony, Chicago, Newark, or even Sweden. No, I’m interested in what got you to this point in your life. In the past, we have talked about what brought you to your occupation, but I am talking about what drives you; what makes you - you? Why do you like the food you do? Why is your hobby lawn sculpture, coin collecting or making dioramas out of macaroni noodles and dried peas? Whatever it is, why that? Related to that, why do you have the friends you do?

We all have different backgrounds and upbringings. Most of us, I would think, are most influenced by whoever raised us, whether that was a parent, grandparent, or what have you. For me, the greatest influence came from my parents, grandparents, and church group. read more.

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