The Greater Midwest Automotive Recyclers Exposition is a gathering that brings wrecker, salvage dealers, and suppliers together to connect with the automotive recycling community. The exposition hosted by Automotive Recycling Industry of Nebraska was on March 5-7, 2015 in Kearney, Nebraska. The industry crowd were able to meet and discuss with different vendors and fellow recyclers from all over the United States.
The attendees began their day with touring Andersen Self-Service, Andersen Wrecking Company, and CMI/Alter Metal Recycling in Kearney. The tour was an opportunity for attendees to see their peer's yards and develop ideas to possibly implement at their own operation. The evening began with the opening of the vendor exhibits and social hour, banquet and auction. During the evening, the annual John Ruggerio Scholarship winners were announced. This year's recipients are Caitlin Bartz and Levi Cornwell both from Grand Island, Nebraska.
The keynote speaker of the event was, DJ Harrington, the Car-Dialogist with Phone Logic. Harrington covered an array of topics for the participants work on within their business such as telephone skills, prospecting, sales, and customer service. DJ's sales experience and motivation brought an uplifting performance to the 2015 exposition.
John Parker, with Reikes Equipment in Grand Island, Nebraska provided an education session on the importance of workplace safety. It opened up the attendee's eyes of what needs to focus on within the workplace and the pre-cautions.
The 2016 Greater Midwest Recyclers Exposition will be in Lincoln, Nebraska, dates will be announced later in the month.