2011 News

ABC Hosts International Trade Delegation

ABC Auto Parts, Riverdale, IL, hosts a delegation from the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at CenterPoint, Governors State University on June 16, at the ABC Auto Parts Production and Distribution Center in Riverdale Illinois.

ABC Owner Jim Watson conducted a facility tour identifying products and processes and highlighting ABC Auto Parts current export strategies which led to discussions to expand opportunities for exports to additional markets. ABC currently exports used auto parts and vehicles to third world and emerging markets. ABC Auto Parts believes the manufacturers are building vehicle for a world market and because of this there is a world market for our products. We have studied automobile recycling in different world markets to provide a quality product that has customer value across national borders.

Hongxia (Mary) Ma Director of the Center said, "It was so great to work with such a dynamic company as ABC Auto Parts. Our International Trade Center specializes in supporting the growth of exports. We can bring more resources to help companies like ABC Auto Parts expand further into more overseas market, with help in marketing research, logistics management, export financing, etc."

ABC Auto Parts is ready to take advantage of additional export opportunities and to continue to expand operations in Riverdale, Illinois.

The International Trade Center is part of a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. ABC Auto Parts, established in 1936, is an Automobile Recycling facility located in Riverdale Illinois. ABC Auto Parts Is CAR Certified by the Automobile Recyclers Association and in compliance with the Illinois Green Certified Automotive Recycler Program. ABC has also been awarded the designation of GOLD SEAL, which is the highest industry standard of best businesses practices in the automobile recycling industry.

ARA President Jim Watson meets with EPA Administrator Steve Johnson
Jim Watson with EPA Administrator Johnson

National Automotive Mercury Switch Removal Program event in Chicago was attended by The United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Steve Johnson where he signed the Memorandum of Understanding ending years of negotiations to remove mercury from scrap automobiles. The Automobile Recyclers Association was a key stakeholder driving negotiations for agreement on the solution.

EPA Mercury Switch Collection Event

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