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ARA updates strategic plan

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) recently announced an update to the Association’s Strategic Plan representing a direction that will guide current and future work. The plan was adopted by the ARA Board of Directors on March 8, 2023.

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Shan Lathem

ARA President, Shan Lathem said: “2020 has been a game changer.” She added: “During these challenging times and given the unprecedented impact that a global pandemic is having on all businesses and industries, the direction outlined in this Strategic Plan will help ARA continue to move forward. A lot of planning and strategic thought went into this document, designed to promote the professional automotive recyclers and their businesses for many years to come.”

ARA’s Strategic Plan is grounded in the Association’s mission to advance the automotive recycling industry and promote its beneficial effects on society. The Strategic Plan identifies four strategic initiatives that are the means through which ARA plans to translate its vision into practice. The strategic initiatives focus on strategic partnerships and branding, data, advocacy, and education/certification/compliance. Each of the four strategic initiatives outlines a series of objectives which describe how ARA plans to commit its resources and how future success will be measured.

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Sandy Blalock

“This Plan is a representation of ARA as the eyes, ears and voice of the professional automotive recycling industry,” said ARA Executive Director, Sandy Blalock. “With the direction and guidance the Strategic Plan provides, and the support of our ARA volunteer leaders and members, I am confident that ARA is well equipped to meet any challenge that comes our way.”

About the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA)

Since 1943, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) represents an industry dedicated to the efficient removal and reuse of “green” automotive parts and the proper recycling of inoperable motor vehicles. ARA represents the interests of over 4,500 auto recycling facilities in the United States and fourteen other countries around the world. With programs such as the Certified Automotive Recycler Program (CAR), Green Recycled Parts, and other partnerships, ARA members continue to provide consumers with quality, low-cost alternatives for vehicle replacement parts, while preserving our environment for a “green” tomorrow.

To learn more about the Association, visit