According to ARA Executive Director Sandy Blalock, “The event went great. We had recyclers from 20 states represented. We saw many new faces, including second- and third-generation recyclers, as well as many recyclers that attend every year. This event is held each year to discuss legislative issues at the state and national level in order to best represent the professional automotive recycling industry and ARA member businesses.
“Attendees enjoyed the event. We were co-located with the Washington Auto Show at the Washington Convention Center, and attendees were able to take advantage of that location to network with automotive industry representatives, see the newest makes/models of cars, [and] sneak a peek of the Auto Show.”
During the State Legislative Summit, attendees discussed legislative proposals at the state level, shared information, went over talking points and strategized. On Hill Day, automotive recyclers met with their Congressional representatives to request support for requirements mandating that automotive manufacturers provide professional recyclers with access to OEM parts data.
Blalock believes these types of events “serve as an opportunity to gather in-person to represent the industry, connect with their peers, for ARA leaders and staff to gauge the pulse of the membership. We were happy with the results of this year’s Legislative Summit and Hill Day.”
ARA’s Annual Convention will be held Oct. 10--12 in Charlotte, NC. For more information about ARA and its events, visit a-r-a.org.