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Team PRP Recycler of the Month


Hanser’s Automotive & Wrecker Company in Billings, Montana becomes our latest Team PRP Recycler of the Month!


The group of Hanser companies now consists of auto and truck repair, volume transmission rebuilding, wrecker and recovery services, environmental remediation, and a late model salvage company. They employ over 100 workers, which includes 14 master technicians.

Family owned and operated, Ralph Hanser remains the owner and is still active working in the towing department. Son, Scott, serves as general manager, overseeing all operations of the Salvage Company.  Shawn, another son, runs the service department and the transmission rebuild department.  A third son, Spencer, runs the heavy wreckers portion and handles training for this division.  Ralph’s wife Sharon still handles their payroll.



Here are just a few of the impressive facts concerning their very sizable operation:

•  Hanser’s has over 2,000 late model cars and trucks available.

•  Their over 60,000 square foot building sits on 24 acres.

•  Hanser’s state-of-the-art rebuild center includes torque converters, valve bodies and solenoid rebuilding.  About 25 transmissions are shipped out each day.

•  The heavy-duty truck department has 125-foot drive through bays, allowing trucks and trailers to remain connected. In this division, there are 87 pieces of operating equipment, including five roadside service trucks, excavation equipment and specialized Hazmat emergency response units.

•  Service bays for auto and truck repair are 29-feet with a hoist capable of lifting up to 60,000 pounds; this enables the company to handle diesel and motor coach repair.

•  Hanser’s owns approximately 80 tow trucks and support vehicles.

•  About 1500 vehicles per year are processed in the salvage division.


We are partnered with Team PRP knowing that they market to the insurance companies better than we could, and having access to such a large inventory allows us to better serve our customers, which is our end-result goal at Hanser’s.   – Scott Hanser


CLICK HERE to take a look at Hanser’s five television commercials.

Team PRP Recycler of the Month

GO Auto Recycling of Jacksonville, Florida, becomes our newest Team PRP “Recycler of the Month!”  


In business since 2009, GO Auto Recycling is perhaps one of the “youngest” partner facilities; however, it is also one of our fastest-growing businesses—a truly dynamic facility in the network.

Founded and owned by Brian Shell and Jason Finley, the pair became friends while working together in Charleston. It was after Brian moved to L.A. to work for a different company as VP of International Trading, and Jason moved to Cincinnati to work as District Manager of The David J. Joseph Company, that the duo came up with a business plan.

With a great deal of energy and enthusiasm, they left their corporate careers to start anew in the auto recycling industry.  Despite the fact that neither of them were coming into the industry through family ties, Brian and Jason were able to do all the hard work necessary to learn what was needed to create a thriving and progressive business.

After much research, they relocated to Jacksonville, FL where, found an ideal facility to purchase.  Starting out with just 2 employees and 2 trucks, they now have 34 employees (including themselves) and run 6–7 trucks daily.  Their additional self-service facility, GO Pull-It, employs another 19.

Go Auto operates on 11 acres and processes 130 cars each month.  GO Pull-It sits on 50 acres, but operates on just over half of that acreage; that location processes 500-600 cars/month with the capability of processing 900-1000 cars/month.

All makes, models and types of vehicles are recycled, with a broader focus of simply buying cars and parts that their customers are searching for.

Both Jason and Brian value their partnership with Team PRP. Brian, in fact, serves as our Treasurer on the national board, as well as on the Operations Committee. Jason is active as a member of our Membership Committee and Training committee.

Jason spoke highly of Team PRP and its partners. “Team PRP was exactly what Brian and I were looking for when we got into the business 5 years ago.  We wanted to find a group of recyclers to share ideas, be progressive, move the industry forward with technology, using best practices and procedures, and have quality trading partners that could help us achieve higher order fulfillment,” he explained.  “In just our short time with Team PRP, we have seen remarkable growth and positive change with the implementation of a national trucking system, a successful new core program, and partnership with AER—and participating in peer benchmarking groups, to name a few.  When I think of PRP, I think about the quality people . . . the owners and managers who volunteer their time and engage in many selfless acts on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis that benefit the group as a whole and keep us moving in the right direction.”



Brian Shell and Jason Finley

(Photo taken in conjunction with Jacksonville Business Journal Top 50 Award as #33 fastest growing business.)

Team PRP Recycler of the Month

Featuring . . . Cosmo’s Ocean County Auto Wreckers in Bayville, NJ

Starting off the New Year with our current “Yard of the Month” is Cosmo’s Ocean County Auto Wreckers located in Bayville, NJ!

Owned by Tony Zaccaro, Cosmo’s was opened in the 1950s by Tony’s father, Cosmo Zaccaro. Cosmo Zaccaro, in fact, was founder and president of the Automotive Recyclers Association of New Jersey (ARA–NJ).  Tony has also served as president, and his son is presently the organization’s vice-president, representing three generations of officers; the only time experienced in the association’s history.



With one location operating on 3.5 acres, there are currently 24 employees, which includes several second- and third-generation family members.  Their facility process approximately 1,000 vehicles per year, and they specialize in late model salvage, catering to the wholesale market place.

“Green Before It Was Trendy” is their official slogan.  Tony shared the fact that, since the beginning, his father “was never afraid of change,” and was always looking ahead for the newest innovations, products, tools and technologies to stay ahead of the curve. This was perhaps the strongest ethic left behind by the company’s founder and is still the driving force in the business culture today.

Cosmo’s has enjoyed steady growth over the years, and Tony explained that he believes what has contributed greatly to their success is their unwavering commitment to providing the highest level of customer service, which is their highest priority.  A clear “code of ethics” is proudly stated on their well-designed, user-friendly website (see

Tony was one of the founding members of our Team PRP Northeast group, and he was quick to express his positive experience in dealing with the partners.  “It is the best group of recycling professionals!  Our strength lies in the exchange and distribution of our inventory, which is extremely efficient. We are also very proud to have been the winner of the PRP Northeast ‘Most Improved Quality Award for 2013,’ which was judged by our partners and measured by our exception reports.”


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Team PRP Recycler of the Month


Featuring . . . Y-Yard in Effingham, Illinois

Although Y-Yard Auto & Truck, Inc., is a relatively new member in our Team PRP network, the business has surely proven itself to be a model partner.

Located in Effingham, Illinois, this second-generation business is now run by Kelly Roepke, company president, along with one of her three sisters, Erin Swingler, who serves as vice-president. The business was originally opened in July of 1970 by their parents.

Both Kelly and Erin work with a “hands-on” approach that finds them working closely with their entire staff, in all departments. With 25 employees, Y-Yard operates their state-of-the-art facility on 45 acres of its 60-acre property. Approximately 700 vehicles are processed there each year.

Y-Yard’s clever motto states:Since everyone is riding on used parts, Y not ride on the best?

Kelly Roepke spoke with us, expressing great pride, about the unique way they have chosen to redefine the expectations of a parts recycler. “We break the paradigm of the salvage industry by spending considerably more time in inventorying and dismantling”, she explained. “Our vehicles are brought inside for inspection and put up on a rack, and we thoroughly check them inside and out. We perform an electrical check on all items, shift it into all gears, and so on, making certain that everything is in proper working order. In fact, our parts pass through at least seven quality control steps before reaching the customer.”

Feeling very strongly about their commitment to serving the customer with honesty and integrity, and cultivating relationships of genuine trust, Kelly was quick to point out that they all work extremely hard to continually exceed all expectations—striving to under-promise and over-deliver. Their used parts are handled in a way that makes them appear as good as new, or better, pleasantly surprising their many customers.

Y-Yard is a proud member of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), where Kelly has served on the ARA Educational Foundation Board and as the Regional Director for Region VI.

Additionally, Y-Yard is active within their local community, serving on many local committees and boards connected with their hospital, school and church.


A number of awards have been presented to Y-Yard, including a rather recent recognition of excellence from Team PRP.

• ADRA Improvement/Beautification Contest 1986, First Place

• CAR Member of the Year 2008

• 2011 Excellence In Business Award through our Greater Effingham

• Chamber of Commerce & Industry: “In recognition of Your Company’s Outstanding Growth, Innovation & Community Support”

• 2013 Team PRP, 2nd place Award: “For Providing Excellence in Quality, Cleanliness and Packaging That Conforms to the Team PRP Parts Preparation Guidelines”

The Y-Yard website is found

Team PRP Network of Automotive Recyclers Introduces New National Warranty

Team PRP Network of Automotive Recyclers Introduces New National Warranty

DENVER, CO, October 2, 2013 — Team PRP, the largest nationwide network of quality automotive recyclers, has recently announced their newly available and unparalleled industry warranty.

The new national warranty is in a class of its own in the automotive recycling industry, and promises to be of tremendous benefit to professional collision and mechanical repairers on insurance paid claims.

“We know that Team PRP is the high-quality recycling leader within our industry, so we are particularly pleased and proud to offer exceptional assurances that reflect Team PRP’s first-rate quality and commitment,” affirmed Mike Kunkel, Team PRP’s national board president. “We believe it is incumbent upon us to raise the bar once again and promote ever-increasing value in the marketplace.”

Team PRP Welcomes Bishop’s Auto Parts to Network


For Immediate Release

Team PRP Welcomes Bishop’s Auto Parts to Network

MIDDLETOWN, CT, October 29, 2013 — Bishop’s Auto Parts of Middletown, CT becomes the latest automotive recycler to partner with the burgeoning nationwide Team PRP network. Bishop’s is the 136th automotive recycler to join with Team PRP, and their first partner located within the state of Connecticut.

“We are truly pleased to welcome Bishop’s to Team PRP, another exceptional recycler who will be able to provide high quality service to customers in and around Connecticut,” stated Stacy Bartnik, Team PRP’s executive director. “Bishop’s has demonstrated their commitment to the highest standards and ethics, which makes them an ideal fit with our Team PRP vision of excellence.”

Bishop’s Auto Parts has been a family owned business since 1969. The original owners, Dick and Sharon Bishop, are still involved in the business, and one son, Dan Bishop, acts as president of the company.

Team PRP Appoints New Logistics Director


Local volunteers complete delivery of disaster aid

By Jessica Pickens


Published: Monday, May 27, 2013 at 17:42 PM.
American flags flew over Moore, Okla., neighborhoods destroyed by last week’s tornado.
“At one point I thought I was looking at a pile of metal,” said Michele Putnam, a Hospice Cleveland County nurse from Shelby. “But I then realized it had once been a gas station.”


Putnam and Auto Parts of Shelby manager Jerry Allen drove more than 1,000 miles from Cleveland County, N.C., to Cleveland County, Okla., to donate aid supplies and money to the Red Cross.

Team PRP Partner Collects Donations for Tornado Victims in Oklahoma





Auto Parts of Shelby manager Jerry Allen drove over 1,000 miles—from Cleveland County, NC to Cleveland County, OK—to deliver and donate money and supplies to assist tornado victims there.

After soliciting and collecting an abundance of donations, Allen and another volunteer made the trek to personally deliver a van full of water, food, diapers, batteries and more, along with $5000 to the Red Cross.