A Certification Collaboration: URG merges certification with ARA’s Gold Seal Program

Toronto, Ontario — The United Recyclers Group (URG) and the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) have announced the launch of the Gold Seal Quality Assurance Certification for professional automotive recyclers.

This collaboration was recently announced at the United Recyclers Group Annual Conference hosted with Team PRP from April 4th to the 6th at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

The initiative specifically merges URG’s 9,000 certification and the Gold Seal certification established by ARA.

“ARA and URG working closely together has been on my radar for years and now, in a cooperative effort, is going to happen,” said Shannon Nordstrom, longtime Chair of ARA’s Certification Committee and current ARA Second Vice President.

“This agreement starts the path, using the foundation of ARA’s long established Certification Program, combined with the great work in this arena that URG has done through the years, to create this new combined Quality Assurance Program,” Nordstrom further noted.

“ARA and URG will promote the new program together as one! With these organizations working together, our goal is to create a legacy of excellence for the quality parts and service that automotive recyclers provide all consumers in the automotive repair industry, both mechanical and collision.”

According to a recent press release, this collaboration represents over six months of discussion between leaders from ARA’s Executive Committee and members of the URG Board.

“Designed to garner recognition across key sectors, including insurance, collision and mechanical industries, the Gold Seal Certification Program intends to support a collective dedication to advancing industry best practices and standardization,” said Nordstrom.

For more information about the collaboration and its continued development, interested parties should contact Kristi Werner, CEO of URG at Kristi@u-r-g.com or at 303-367-4435, or Sandy Blalock, Executive Director of ARA at Sandy@a-r-a.org or at 571-208-0428 extension 3.



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