AURORA, CO — United Recyclers Group (URG), representing more than 330 independent automotive recycling firms, and replacement collision parts supplier Keystone Automotive Industries have announced a new strategic partnership.
“Our new partnership with Keystone Automotive Industries will make it possible for URG members to create a ‘one stop shop’ for their customers when it comes to providing a full range of automotive repair and replacement parts,” said Michelle Alexander, director of the URG Board. “This creates another benefit of URG membership, and we are excited about the potential this alliance brings to the automotive recycling industry. We think it is going to help ‘level the playing field’ for our independent automotive recyclers as they compete with the consolidators in this industry.”
“The bottom line is that this partnership brings together used parts suppliers (URG members) with a new and recycled parts supplier (Keystone Automotive) in a way that will allow a full product line of automotive parts to be sold to our customers,” said Tom Denton, owner of Knox Auto Parts in Knoxville, TN. “The people who buy from us are the collision repair/body shop industry, including those direct repair facilities acting on behalf of the auto insurance industry.” Denton serves as a URG manager.
Christopher Northup, vice president of sales and marketing for Keystone Automotive Industries, says this is a natural partnership. “This is really an alliance of business leaders in their respective fields. There has been a lot of maturity developing in the automotive repair market the last 10 to 15 years, and it has changed the landscape of the whole industry. Consumers, and their insurers, want their cars repaired in a high quality manner, but cost effectively too. Now two of the most respected names in the business are working together in order to make that happen.”
Launch plans are underway, and in the future it is anticipated that the applicable automotive part elements of the Keystone Automotive Industries parts inventory will eventually become integrated with URGNet. This will make it available to the URG members serving their collision repair industry customers.
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