It was a jam-packed 2 days of learning and networking at Don Hart’s Radiator in Waller and at the Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village for the 2022 Spring Conference in Texas. More than 120 NARSA/IDEA members from across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America were in attendance.
Author: Linda Nguyen Skoglund
Rocky Mount Radiator Connects with High School Students
Students in North Carolina recently got to learn more about the cooling systems industry thanks to Rocky Mount Radiator & A/C. NARSA/IDEA member Chuck Braswell is on the Board of CITI High School, which stands for Center for Industry, Technology, and Innovation, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. There is a public school initiative that helps prepare young adults for entering the workforce. According to the administration, CITI students earn stackable certificates in a variety of pathways with the hopes of completing an Associate's degree. Among the tracts they can pursue include automotive and industrial courses.
Member Spotlight: Service Radiator
Kentucky's Service Radiator discusses family, a declining coal industry, and navigating the future of the cooling systems industry in this NARSA member Spotlight feature.
Women in the Cooling Systems Industry
From radiator shops to sales, we speak with women across the industry. Learn more about their career paths and challenges in this special feature.
Member Spotlight: Cooling Systems Caribe
With 42 employees, Cooling Systems Caribe manufactures radiators for the generator and industrial markets and distributes automotive and truck radiators. The business also offers DPF cleaning services. But owner Bobby Duran says Cooling Systems Caribe’s niche is custom work.
Member Spotlight: Jim D’s DPF Cleaning Service
“What we love about our type of business is that we have seen years of neglect of the world," said James Drespling, owner of Jim D's DPF Cleaning Service. "It is about time that we started taking an interest in preserving the environment."
Member Spotlight: Red Eye Radiator & DPF Specialist
Red Eye Radiator’s owner Nick O’Neil has been around cars his whole life. “I started working here when I was 10 years old cleaning toilets and doing yard work, so I’ve seen the ins and outs and worked from the bottom up.”
New California Lead Law Impacts Radiator Industry
A new California law requires businesses to report a worker’s blood lead level (BLL) exceeding 20 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) to the health department. A NARSA member and radiator shop owner in believes the new regulations are unreasonable.