When COVID-19 gripped Canada from coast to coast, countless businesses were left shaken and without a plan. For David Gold, owner of Standard Auto Wreckers, there were certainly challenges; but with the help of his dedicated team of staff, the third-generation businessowner never questioned if they would make it through.
“We just kept plugging away,” said Gold. “I’ve never felt more positive about my team. I knew we could handle the recession.” Gold—who self-proclaimedly “lives and breathes auto recycling”—said one of the most important decisions the Standard Auto Wreckers team made in the face of COVID-19 was to narrow in on the elements the company could control in the face of so much pandemic uncertainty. Gold feels fortunate to not have laid a single team member off in that time.
The Standard team, even pre-pandemic, had been working on its goals for the years to come. When COVID hit, it allowed the company to narrow in on projects it hadn’t had time to accomplish beforehand. “Last year, leading up to the pandemic, I felt so grateful of the core group that I have. We were already focussing on goals for 2021 prior to March, but the additional free time allowed us to complete some housekeeping projects, additional training and revamp our vision for the company.”
Aside from the pandemic, Gold continues to advocate for inter-industry relationships to better gear the sector and its operations for the future.
“In our downtime, we really took the time to not only build our corporate culture, but to get closer with our people and fellow auto recyclers as a whole. Connection in the auto recycling world, especially at a time like this, is so important,” said Gold.
“Recyclers need each other to help grow the used parts marketplace. I want to see us all thrive and work together to raise the standards in which we operate. We need to continue to work together in these times more than ever before.”