News, Trends & Reports from the Automotive Recyclers Association

Sep 1, 2020 | Industry

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Nick Daurio Nominated to Join Executive Committee of Automotive Recyclers Association

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As announced in July, professional automotive recycler Nick Daurio of Daurio Auto Truck Inc. in Pueblo, Colorado, has been nominated to join the ARA Executive Committee (EC) as Secretary for 2020-2021.“It is my extreme pleasure to be nominated to serve ARA as incoming Secretary,” said Daurio. “I am very humbled and honored to be nominated to such a great team of leaders in the recycling industry.”

Daurio Auto Truck has been part of the Pueblo, Colorado community since 1957, when Nick’s father, John Daurio, entered the automotive business. In the fall of 1970, Daurio Auto Truck ventured into the automotive recycling industry. Nick started working full-time in 1975, joined five years later by his brother Michael, and the brothers continue to work together daily. In 2014 Nick’s son, Greg, joined the business as a third-generation recycler.

“At Daurio Auto Truck, Inc. our focus has always been teamwork,” said Daurio. “This approach is how we accomplish our goals. As an EC member, I may be the face of our company, but our entire staff is excited and ready to learn and contribute to the process.” Daurio will be formally confirmed by the ARA Board of Directors and Membership during the ARA’s virtual 77th Annual Convention and Exposition – EDGE 2020.

“It has been a privilege getting to know Nick and his family over the years,” said Jonathan Morrow, chairman of ARA’s Nominating Committee. “His integrity, work ethic and problem solving will be a valuable strength to our team.”

“Nick, like many of our members, literally grew up working in his multi-generational family business,” added ARA Executive Director, Sandy Blalock. “I have worked with Nick both at ARA and the Colorado Auto Recyclers. His insights from many years of experience working in our industry will be an asset to the leadership and members of ARA.”

SAFE TO WORK Act Support

In September, ARA joined over 480 trade groups from a broad range of industries to urge Congress to support the business liability protections contained in the SAFE TO WORK Act (S. 4317). It will help essential businesses that have remained open to stay open and help other businesses reopen safely and without fear so that American workers can earn paychecks.

The proposed legislation will also provide uniformity and predictability for businesses that implement COVID-19 workplace protections while ensuring that bad-faith actors are held accountable for COVID-19-related injuries. Throughout the pandemic, ARA has worked with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s COVID Liability Coalition to educate Congress on such matters.

ARA Updates Strategic Plan

Following a Strategic Planning retreat earlier this year, a new Association Strategic Plan was adopted by the Board of Directors in July. The plan represents a direction that will guide current and future work over the next three years.

“2020 has been a game changer,” says ARA President, Scott Robertson. “During these challenging times and given the unprecedented impact that a global pandemic is having on all businesses and industries, the direction outlined in this plan will help ARA continue to move forward. A lot of strategic thought went into this plan, designed to promote the professional automotive recyclers and their businesses for many years to come.”

ARA’s Strategic Plan is grounded in the Association’s mission to advance the automotive recycling industry and promote its beneficial effects on society. It identifies four strategic initiatives that are the means through which ARA plans to translate its vision into practice. The initiatives focus on branding, non-dues revenue, government advocacy, and education/certification/compliance. With each initiative is a series of implementation strategies the define ARA commitment of resources, as well as goals that measure progress and future success.

“This Plan is a representation of ARA as the eyes, ears and voice of the professional automotive recycling industry,” said ARA Executive Director, Sandy Blalock  “With the direction and guidance the Strategic Plan provides, and the support of our ARA volunteer leaders and members, I am confident that ARA is well equipped to meet any challenge that comes our way.”

New Auto Recycling Buyer’s Guide Website Connects Industry Suppliers to Auto Recyclers

The Auto Recycling Buyer’s Guide (, ARA’s newest online marketplace, is designed to equip automotive recyclers with 24/7 access to leading industry suppliers, consultants and more to advance their recycling business with technology, recycling programs, machinery, parts, tools, apps and other needed products and services. Expanded vendor profiles, supplier news, special offers and contact information are provided for ARA’s associate member companies and ARA’s loyal advertisers in a platform that serves more like a virtual trade show.

The printed ARA Buyer’s Guide has been a mainstay of ARA’s member benefits package for many years, as it provides valuable information to assist the decision-making process when shopping for products and services. This new companion format allows supplier companies and auto recyclers to quickly establish a dynamic business relationship. ARA is often asked for recommendations and with the extended reach that an online format affords, it offers unlimited potential for information sharing. To advertise, please visit or contact Caryn Smith at or (239) 225-6137. 

ARA Members Represented at Industry Meetings

ARA participated in several virtual industry events in July, such as the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment 3rd quarter meeting. The Partnership is a forum for those involved in the automotive value chain to collaborate on cutting edge industry issues such as sustainability and electric vehicle batteries.

Automotive recyclers were well represented during the virtual Collision Industry Conference, where ARA staff participated in several committee meetings and recently joined the Insurer-Repairer Relationship Committee.

Also in July, Executive Director Sandy Blalock presented to NATTBatt, an advocacy group working for advanced battery technology and manufacturing in North America. She shared a summary of automotive recycler feedback and concerns about electric and hybrid vehicles. She participated along with ISRI, which shared feedback from the scrap recycling industry. 


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