Jamie Maillet was raised on auto recycling—her parents, Dave and Kathy McDonald have owned Hamilton, Ontario’s Bodyline Auto Recycler for more than 30 years.
Jamie is the vice president and CEO of JLM Metal Recycling and Auto Parts, which touts two yards in Ontario: one in Waterford and another in nearby Hagersville. Jamie’s husband, Tyler Maillet, serves as the chief operating officer of the business.
JLM Metal Recycling and Auto Parts first opened its Waterford, Ontario, site in August 2010. Jamie said it was quite a mission to get the first yard up and running; it had essentially been left a wasteland by the previous owners.
“Nothing on the yard worked,” she said. “There was not one machine, not one piece of equipment that was usable. The electrical was no good and the internet didn’t work. I think the only thing we kept was a phone.”
Of course, Jamie and the team were more than capable of cleaning things up, and the business welcomed its first customers on August 30, 2010.
“We took a really mistreated yard and built it up so that it could be functioning for us,” said Jamie. “I’m so proud of that achievement— that we were able to just tackle it one step at a time and make it what it is today.”
In 2015, JLM added another yard to its arsenal with a second site in Hagersville, Ontario, just a 15-minute drive from the Waterford location. Both locations recycle both ferrous and non-ferrous metals in addition to a comprehensive auto parts stock.
Like many in the used auto parts realms of work, Jamie said 2021 was a great year for JLM. In 2022, the business is focused on expanding and completing an impressive to-do list of projects. “We’re building a warehouse for our non-ferrous metals and offices and another addition complete with three more hoists and for a nice indoor dismantling area,” she told Canadian Auto Recyclers.
From left to right: Tyler Maillet, with he and Jamie’s son Caleb atop his shoulders; Kathy and Dave MacDonald, owners of Bodyline Auto Recycler; and Jamie Maillet, with her and Tyler’s son Mason.