PITTSBURGH Standard Auto Wreckers is gearing up for the grand opening of its third operation, a 20-acre facility it acquired after purchasing Union Auto Parts in Ottawa, Ontario, in March.
"Right now we are having a soft opening and expect to be fully operational in a month or so," Standard president David Gold, told AMM. The terms of the sale were not disclosed.
The Toronto-based auto recycler has been working to clean up and organize the facility, and it is in the process of installing a 70-foot truck scale and a decommissioning system to remove fluids from vehicles.
Gold was not actively looking to expand the companys footprint but said the deal was too good to pass up. "The bottom line was the business was for sale. We were definitely not looking to go to Ottawa, but the opportunity to buy a location of that size in Canada was intriguing and doesnt come along that often," he said. "This is a solid opportunity. Business is stable at other locations and it is affording us a chance to grow. So far it is exceeding our expectations."
Standard Auto Wreckers processes about 20,000 cars per year in Toronto and also has an indoor facility in Niagara Falls, N.Y. After draining vehicles and selling off parts, the bodies are crushed or baled and sold to shredders.