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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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From the Secretary’s Desk
By Sandy Dumke

The holidays are gone for another year and I hope you all had a wonderful season. Now we are into the winter months. We will have snow, sleet, ice and rain and we should all be careful when working. If you are working in the yard, shop, shipping, delivery or sales and office you still need to watch what you are doing. Having a broken leg or arm at this time of year is no fun.

We are in the process of getting the Upper Midwest Convention planned. The vendor booklet has been mailed. The attendee booklet will go out the first part of March. The dates are May 17 & 18 in Black River Falls. For the people that like to come early we will have a golf outing on May 16 in the morning. In the afternoon we will be going to Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum in Fountain City. Elmer’s has a salvage yard on the highest point along the Mississippi River, but most of all they have a museum. It is a toy museum along with lots of antique vehicles. I have been told they have the biggest pedal car collection in the country. We will have a bus going to Elmer’s, so you can enjoy the company of fellow recyclers and the great scenery.

The list of speakers will be great and the trade show is going to be one of the best ever. Watch for more info to come and mark these dates on your calendar. Remember the dates are May 16,17 & 18 2019. read more.


Swift Update
By Mike Swift, ARA Past President

Today is the day.
Hello Fellow Auto Recyclers. If you are like me, what the hell happened to 2018? When they say time flies, you better believe it. I don’t know how your year was but here in Iowa at Swifts Trails End, we did better than last year but didn’t set any records. Then we get the great news this week, the price of scrap drops over 40.00 dollar per ton. I did read on facebook that seemed to be all over the country. I don’t know if it is the tariff’s or price of oil. We always hear a bunch of reasons, but do we ever really know why?

I know and I am sure you are doing the same. Trying to buy the right cars, inventory the parts, get them in the system, and make a profit.

At last year’s ARA convention, ARA is starting a mentoring program, that hopefully will get some recyclers back on the path to being more profitable. If you would like to learn more about this program contact RD Hopper, Marty Hollingshead, or myself, as recyclers, can all try to teach other a few tricks that we can share to hopefully get each other headed in a profitable direction in our businesses. read more.

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