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"In 1941, due to the adverse Decision of the Circuit Court of Appeals, in an Excise Tax assessment covering rewound Armatures, a group of rebuilders from Los Angeles subscribed to a fund to present a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee in an effort to clarify the Excise Tax regulation, as applied to rebuilt units.
In October, 1941, the Automotive Parts Rebuilders Association was duly incorporated in California, as a non-profit organization composed of rebuilders and suppliers who could co-operate with the interest of Automotive Parts Rebuilders."
The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association began as a small group of rebuilders in California, and it did not take long for APRA to become active for its members. On April 2, 1942, three representatives from APRA went to testify before Congress on behalf of the tax on rebuilt auto parts: Meredith M. Daubin, Albert D. Goldman, and A. S. Holzwasser. The three men encouraged the House of Representatives to clarify the act of manufacturing vs. remanufacturing, and thus rule that the auto repair tax is only for newly manufactured auto parts and cannot be applied to remanufactured parts.
During World War II, there was a tremendous need to reuse automotive and truck parts. Natural resources were scarce, since much of them were devoted to to the war effort to build planes, ships, tanks, etc. APRA was able to promote the benefits of remanufacturing while directing its attention to various other matters such as work with the OPA, WPB, and other Government Agencies.
After the war in December of 1947, APRA held its first real National Convention in Chicago with an attendance of over 100. At that time, there were around 150 companies who were a member of APRA. As more and more rebuilders throughout the country began to realize the need of an association to promote their industry and represent their interests on a national level, membership of the association was increased.
Now, 75 years later, attendance at APRA's 2015 Big R/ReMaTecUSA Show topped over a 1,350 attendees from over 55 countries, and APRA Membership has grown to over 1,000 members. Expanding to meet the needs of the growing remanufacturing industry, APRA's not only has headquarters outside Washington D.C., but also maintains an office in Europe and in Asia in order to represent the industry national level. APRA is not just attuned to the needs of it's members, but to the undercurrents of the global market.
As the industry has evolved over the past few centuries, APRA is proud to have served it's members for 75 years. APRA is the Voice of Remanufacturing, and getting stronger all the time!