Mike Swift, President of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), was in attendance to remind participants how important these types of events are to the industry. Swift encouraged attendees to speak to other automotive recyclers who do not take the time to attend about "the importance of sharing information and ideas within the industry. We are all busy, but when you miss these events, you are missing out on a potential customer or idea to help you make more sales," said Swift.
Swift also shared information about ARA's 2016 Hill Day, which took place on April 19 in Washington, D.C, allowing automotive recyclers to meet with Members of Congress to garner support for legislation that would require OEMs to provide access to comprehensive OEM parts data. In December 2015, legislation was signed into law to require automotive manufacturers to provide this information for recalled parts.
During the event, Swift and ARM members met with Michigan legislators, including Representative Ken Goike (R-33); Zvonko Blazevski, who serves as legislative aide to Representative John Chirkun of the 22nd district; and Elizabeth Weier, an analyst in the Business Regulation Section of the Business Licensing and Regulating Division in the MI Department of State, as well as three of her colleagues from within the Division.
Additionally, ARM conducted a roundtable discussion about the need to share what's happening in the industry with legislators. Swift pointed out, "If recyclers do not speak up, lawmakers won't know or understand how some legislation might affect the industry in their state."
ARM members then toured several nearby yards. They visited ARA member Schram Auto and Truck Parts in Waterford, MI and U Pull and Save. They also toured Middleton Auto Parts in Fraser, MI, a late-model facility with pre-dismantled parts.
Swift will attend the Iowa Recyclers Association meeting on June 3-4 in Mason City, IA, which will include a visit to Wilken & Sons in Kensett.