ATR’s Salt Lake City facility meets COVID 19 challenge head on

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Wholesale Electronics

Salt Lake City facility continues operations with new COVID-19 precautions in place; plus, Site Manager Isaac Dougal accepts position of Western Regional Manager.

Although the novel corona-virus COVID-19 has halted operations across the country, Advanced Technology Recycling’s Salt Lake City facility has continued to provide critical services to essential business infrastructure across multiple sectors of the electronics recycling and ITAD industry.

ATR’s SLC facility has seen much growth in the past year and a half. In January of 2019, operations were moved from the former Tooele location to a new 30,000+ square foot facility in Salt Lake City. Then in May, ATR was awarded a 5-year State of Utah Cooperative Contract for electronics recycling. It should be noted that ATR won this contract based on competitive pricing: the scoring algorithm included a focus on cost, with 835.7 points available–all of which ATR achieved in their score, while the other qualifying bidder only achieved 472.4 points, which is roughly double the cost. ATR also scored high in other categories, including logistics, regulatory compliance, processing and servicing options.

All of that is to say that a lot has been happening at ATR’s SLC facility. And as 2020 brings with it these strange times, there continues to be a lot happening in SLC. I reached out to the acting site manager, Isaac Dougal, to see how business has been effected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Isaac told me that a number of preventative measures have been put in place at ATR’s SLC facility. Not only have business hours been shortened, but the only pickups currently being scheduled are no-contact pickups for essential businesses. ATR’s employees are practicing social distancing by staying six feet apart, and everyone is helping to keep the warehouse clean and completely sanitized throughout the day.

“It takes a team effort,” said site manager Isaac Dougal. “Everyone around here is doing a good job, but I’d really like to give a shout out to Kenny Mair, who is a consistent, hard worker. I can always count on Kenny to get the job done and to get it done correctly.”

Quick to point out the contributions of others, it should be noted that Isaac himself was recently recognized for his own efforts when he was promoted to the role of Western Regional Manager. Isaac will take the commitment to excellence he has demonstrated at his own site in Salt Lake City, and work with site managers at ATR’s Las Vegas and San Antonio facilities. The Western Regional Manager’s role is to help streamline the process between individual sites, to unite these sites to increase the overall footprint and profitability. Wholesale departments can combine their efforts to maximize the return on clients’ assets.

Asked about the re-market division at ATR SLC, Isaac said he’s seen an increased demand for laptops to hospitals and schools. One recent project included a large lot of laptops with web cameras and power supplies, basically the whole setup for remote workers.

While the country waits with uncertainty to see when the various state-issued stay-at-home orders will be lifted, ATR’s Salt Lake City facility continues to push forward with essential businesses during these unforeseen times. These are uncharted, and at times scary, waters we find ourselves in as 2020 unfolds, but as a company we couldn’t be more proud of our SLC team for their continued contributions and unwavering work ethic.

If your business has electronics recycling and ITAD needs, call us today at 1-877-781-7779 or visit us at www.atrecycle.com to see how we can help. Wholesale buyers visit www.atrecycle.com/wholesale-electronics to learn more about our channel partner programs.

David Longstreet
Author: David Longstreet

David Longstreet joined the ATR team in August of 2018.  He is originally from south Georgia but moved to Illinois to be close to his fiancé.  Before moving to Illinois, David graduated with his Associate's degree in Mechanical Drafting.  He later worked as a wholesale rep for a small-batch coffee roaster in Georgia.  He loves helping people and developing relationships in the community.  His passion is art and writing, so in his free time you will likely find David with a pencil or paintbrush in his hand.