APRA to Host MEGA Clinic - Engine Builder Magazine

APRA to Host MEGA Clinic

The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) will be bringing four divisions together during the upcoming  “MEGA Clinic” on June 3-5, 2010 at the Doubletree Hotel in Springfield, MS. The program will contain seminars for remanufacturers and suppliers involved in HD Transmissions, Volume Transmissions, HD Brakes and Electrical. Along with cutting edge seminars, the group will be touring four SRC facilities during the Clinic: SRC Logistics; SRC Automotive; SRC Electrical and SRC Heavy Duty.

The Clinic will get underway with Steve Baker from the Great Game of Business who will talk about their business model which calls for the financial literacy of employees and what that can mean for your business. Next, Patrick Carpenter from SRC Logistics will discuss how to sell reman in a tough market, particularly against used, new and OE product.

Tim Roth with SRC Electrical, will issue a challenge to the industry that we can double our business in five years by growing the size of the remanufacturing pie. Continuing on this theme, Bruce Plaxton, owner of BGP Marketing, will address the remanufacturing marketplace of the future.

Next on the agenda will be a cleaning presentation on solvents vs. hot water from Jack Daul, Allen Woods & Associates. After a group lunch, everyone will tour SRC Logistics and the light duty engine plant, and then return to the hotel for a reception.

Friday morning, the group will meet for breakfast with Jack Stack, Chairman of Springfield Remanufacturing Corp. After breakfast, John Mundweiler with the Summit Safety Group will present an informative session that will include common safety issues found in the remanufacturing industry as well as specific areas that OSHA is targeting that could affect your facility. He will also take a look at cost effective ways of working toward safety compliance as well as some of the environmental issues that may arise in your facility.

Joe Stillson of Precision Rebuilders will be moderating an informative session on “What Should We Be Doing With Our Warranty Policies That We Aren’t Doing Now.”

While many of the topics are of general interest to all in the remanufacturing industry, there will also be seminars specific to the different APRA Divisions involved in the MEGA Clinic:

• HD Transmission and VTRG

 -Production Efficiencies – Since all the margins are tight, how do we become more efficient. – Speaker TBA

• HD Brake Division

 -Heavy Duty Compressor Market – Chuck Lundberg, WABCO

 -New HD Products Roundtable” – Carl Van Allen, Accupart International

• Electrical Division

 -Marketing & Advertising Your Shop – Aaron Tobin, Reman Forums

 -Tactics to Price Your Product and Still Retain Customers and Profit – Shawn Bray, Romaine Electric

 -Solenoid Remanufacturing on a Small Scale – Dan Smith, Boston Auto Electric

 -Tools of the Trade: Making Your Job Easier! – Richard Vensel, Vensel Enterprises

 -Rebuilding Techniques for Newer Alternators and Starters & PCM Activation of Regulator, Testing Procedures, and     Compatibility Issues – Mohammad Samii, Sammy’s Auto Electric

 -Emerging Markets – Traction Motors, their applications, and the parts you will need to remanufacture them – Bob Hopko, Iskra AE

 -General Q & A and Closing Comments – Chairman Dan Smith

Following the presentations on Friday, the group will tour SRC Electrical the SRC HD Engine Plant. After the tours, the group will return to the hotel. That evening Bobby Mace, publisher of Transmission Digest, an MD Publication that also publishes Undercar Digest, will be hosting a BBQ at his home.

The APRA MEGA Clinic promises to be an event not to miss. With more seminars yet to be scheduled, you will want to be sure to mark your calendar for this MEGA event. To register, go online to http://www.apra.org/Meetings/2010/MEGA_Reg10.pdf.

Plant Tours:

SRC Logisitics

SRC Logistics is the premier provider of third party logistics services in Southwest Missouri. Our services include warehousing, distribution, transportation and reverse logistics. We specialize in the remanufacturing industry and provide customer service, engineering support and new product development assistance to our OEM customers. In conjunction with our customers, our goal is to drive remanufacturing sales by providing solutions to supply chain issues related to remanufacturing.

SRC Automotive

SRC Automotive is a strategic supplier of new and remanufactured engines and related components to OEM giants in the Automotive and Marine industries. We are also a General Motors Powertrain distributor of GM Industrial Engines; thereby, offering new and remanufactured, customized engines to a many markets that require alternative fuels (e.g. NG, LPG, and CNG). We hold an ISO/TS 16949:2002 quality certification that only a handful of remanufacturing companies can claim. It is our mission to provide the highest quality product, delivered on-time at a competitive price.

SRC Electrical

SRC Electrical is a major supplier of remanufactured alternators, starters and generators to the agriculture, construction, rail, mining and truck industries. SRC Electrical was founded in 1991 based on a customers need for highly reliable rotating electrical products and that tradition continues today. The SRC Electrical team is proud to provide high value electrical products for some of the biggest brands in the industries we serve. Our goal is to provide product solutions that help our customer grow their business.

SRC Heavy Duty

SRC Heavy Duty is the original SRC facility and where it all began. SRC Heavy Duty specializes in high quality remanufacturing of Diesel and Natural Gas engines and engine components. By working closely with OEM’s they ensure strict adherence to the original OEM specifications. SRC Heavy Duty’s mission is to provide comprehensive quality remanufacturing solutions that help OEM’s lower the total cost of ownership and provide a better level of service to their customers.


For more information about APRA or to register for a seminar, visit www.apra.org.

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