Ford Motor company owns MOST of the auto recycling in the USA under different names...
As Spock would say with one eyebrow arched skeptically high...
A web search reveals to me 2 instances of "Ford" buying or having yards/sold to them by a buisness. 1 blog from early 2001 & a buisness article from 1999. So yep, there is a factoid of truth to the above claim. It would fit with Ford's desire to utilize recycled materials in their products.
Greenleaf auto recycling is Ford, now its LKQ's name on the signs. They bought up all they yards here a few years back for size-able amounts. One they closed down and cleaned up the owner Danny ummm cant remember last name I think Werrler... anyways, had to sign a contract with ford he would not reopen for X years... Now he opened a yard that does auctions on cars to the yards from the ins. company's lol... its a good gig and adjacent to the old yard. LKQ is still big dog here and are coast to coast
LKQ link - LKQ IDK if they bought out ford or it still is ford