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Three Independent Recyclers Merge to Form PRP Midwest


The merger of three of the largest independent auto
recycling networks in the country was announced at the United Recyclers Group
Annual Conference last weekend in Colorado.

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QRP Midwest, a network of 33 independent recyclers, has
joined TEAM PRP affiliates, Absolute and Heartland, to form PRP Midwest. This
alliance unites 52 independent recyclers in the central geographic region of
the U.S. 

"Both PRP and QRP Midwest are very excited for the
future and the possibilities that will come from our three independent
recycling groups joining forces," said Krystyn Roberts of County Line Auto
Parts, Kansas City, Mo., and chair of QRP Midwest. "All groups have different strengths
that we have brought to the table, and it just makes sense for us to team up to
ultimately better serve our customers and our industry." 


The merger came about quickly after the recycler groups
held their first formal meeting and discussed the benefits of sharing delivery system
resources. Ultimately, they recognized the benefit of consolidation and
leveraging a full integration of the three trading networks.   

PRP Midwest states that mechanical and collision
customers will receive better service through the integrated delivery systems,
expanded inventory and access to better salvage procurement options.

"The merger of these three quality driven membership
groups of independent recyclers will no doubt positively impact the repair
community in the regions covered," said Chris Northup, an independent
industry consultant who is currently retained by the TEAM PRP National Board of
Directors. "Realistically, this could provide the template for a
go-forward footprint of independent recyclers to compete on a national scale." 


Added Kent Rothwell of Weaver Auto Parts, Carnesville,
Ga., and a Team PRP national board member, "Team PRP encourages
individualism as we use our combined philosophy to build the strength of our

Mel Hunke, general manager of PRP Midwest, has been
working closely with all entities and sees positive change ahead.

"I’m very excited about the potential resulting from
these three networks of auto recyclers, who have a long history of commitment
to excellence and outstanding customer service, joining forces to form one
superior source of auto parts for all categories of customers," Hunke  said. "I’m optimistic that PRP Midwest will offer even
greater customer benefits than the
three groups have provided separately in the past. PRP Midwest is ready to
assume a leadership role in providing ‘alternate source’ auto parts to our






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