The Utah Automotive Recyclers Association (UARA) recently held a membership meeting at which the group elected its 2012 officers and Board of Directors.
Chris Mantas of Tear A Part Auto Recycling was elected President of the UARA. Dustin Rowland of Rowland Auto Wrecking was elected First Vice President, Bruce Labrum of Labrum Auto Wrecking is slated to be Treasurer and Trent Hartl of LKQ of Utah will serve as Secretary.
Members of the Board of Directors who were elected to serve one year terms include: Miles Crabtree of Crabtree Auto, Zach Russell of All Truck and Car, Mike Vanikiotis of A1 Auto Parts, Paul Branch of South Bountiful Auto, John Roberts of Transwest Auto and Truck Parts, Gordon Wade of Dixie Auto Parts and Jon Petersen of Western Auto Recycling.
During the coming year the UARA has plans to develop strategic programs for growth, stability, and profitability for its members and the broader auto recycling industry in Utah. It is important to the association to continue strengthening its organization to meet the needs of recyclers as well as the communities they serve.
UARA Managing Director Sandy Blalock, working with members of the board, will set up meetings with licensing agencies and other regulators to ensure the association takes into account their needs and concerns related to the various programs that are under development for 2012. The goal is to ask the agencies to partner in this process and to assist in developing a state association certification program based on sound industry standards for the auto recycling industry.
Earlier this month the UARA strongly praised the Utah state legislature for passing SB 260, a bill that restricts auto salvage auctions to those with valid Utah business and sales tax licenses. That legislation also aids law enforcement by requiring reporting to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System and the Utah Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division. Additionally, the bill creates a non-repairable category of vehicles that will serve to keep severely damaged automobiles from being repaired and returned to the roads. SB 260 was recently signed into law by Utah Governor Gary Herbert.