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Wednesday November 29

ARA Announces Officer Appointments

Gary Beagell, president of Gary’s U-Pull-It, Inc., a Certified Auto Recycler facility in Binghamton, NY, has been installed as the 2006-2007 President of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA). Beagell most recently served as the association’s 1st Vice President and has been on the ARA Executive Committee since 2004.

Beagell has been involved in the automotive recycling business since childhood when he and his brother worked at their father’s facility in Binghamton. In 1979 he opened up his own facility next to his family’s original auto salvage business. He has opened four other U-Pull-It facilities around the country in the intervening years.

Sandy Blalock, President of Truck & Auto Parts, Inc. of Albuquerque, NM, has been installed as the ARA 1st Vice President. Joining the ARA Executive Committee in 2005, Blalock is slated to assume the presidency of the international automotive trade association in 2007.

Linda Pitman of Dulaney Auto and Truck Parts of Amarillo, Inc. has been elected to the ARA 2nd Vice President position. Voted on to the international association’s executive committee last year, Pitman is in line to assume the presidency in 2008.

William J. Tolpa, president of Tolpa’s Auto Parts of Remsen, NY, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the ARA, and will serve as ARA Secretary.

Founded in 1943, the Automotive Recyclers Association represents an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of automotive parts, and the proper disposal of inoperable motor vehicles and their hazardous fluids. With programs such as the Certified Auto Recycler program, and other partnerships with automotive manufacturers, automotive recycling will continue to provide consumers with quality, low cost alternatives for vehicle replacement parts, while preserving natural resources and our environment for tomorrow.

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