May/June 2022 Cooling Journal

We share all of the highlights from the NARSA/IDEA 2022 Spring Conference in Texas in this latest issue of the Cooling Journal! Hear from members about the new ideas they learned from the meeting, their favorite presentations, and other special moments. Plus, we include a member spotlight on new member DPF Alternatives based in Colorado.

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 17: BGR Radiator

On this episode of “Solder & Soot,” we learn the ins and outs of on-site generator service with the Davis brothers of BGR Radiator in Connecticut. Hear how the business has changed over the years, where BGR really shines, and what Jamie and Nick Davis say is one of their biggest challenges in the cooling systems industry.

Maximizing Your Bandwidth in NARSA/IDEA

We live in an age where we are more connected than ever and yet paradoxically, it is also easier than ever to exist in cultural and professional silos where everyone thinks like us. While this may be comforting, it usually does not promote learning new ideas. It is precisely that exchange with others who may look at something from a different perspective that helps you grow.

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 16: West End Radiators

We learn all about Canada’s West End Radiators and the Feeleus family in this episode of “Solder & Soot.” Wayne Feeleus walks us through the company’s 60+ years of history as a cooling systems service shop and growth as a manufacturer. Hear what Feeleus says drives his success. Plus, we also find out more about West End Radiator’s most recent venture, the launching of its new aluminum manufacturing plant.

March/April 2022 Cooling Journal

In this March/April 2022 issue of the Cooling Journal, we visit BGR Radiator of Plainfield, Connecticut. Learn how the Davis brothers are expanding their company's footprint. Plus, get a preview of our upcoming NARSA/IDEA 2022 Spring Conference in Houston including speaker information and our technical program descriptions.

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 15: American Radiator

In this episode of "Solder & Soot," we sit down with Joel Christianson of American Radiator which is based in Iowa. As we all know, the only constant thing in life is change. And Joel's story is a great example of learning how to adapt in this industry and how to diversify. In addition to learning more about the history of American Radiator, we also discuss what makes business partnerships successful and what opportunities lie in DPF cleaning.

Becoming a Podcaster

I have been a podcast addict for at least eight years now and thought it would be an interesting platform for our niche audience. For those of you not familiar with a podcast, it is on-demand radio. And since podcasts are produced digitally and distributed on the internet, there are much lower barriers to entry than traditional terrestrial radio. As a result, there are over two million podcasts on every niche topic imaginable. Into bow hunting? A quick search yielded at least eight podcasts dedicated to bowhunting. Want to listen to a show about welding? There are at least 15 just in English. This ability to cost effectively produce a program geared to a super niche audience is something that simply was not possible to do before.

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 14: Frank Finger Part 2

We couldn’t fit all of Frank Finger’s wisdom into one episode, so we continue the conversation with the legend himself in Part 2. Expanding your business can be tricky, and you need the right strategy. In this episode, we hear from Frank about his move into distribution and how he developed the sales business. Frank also talks about his own exit strategy when he sold his company. Plus, hear why Frank Finger says NARSA/IDEA members have to be brave when it comes to business in this episode of “Solder & Soot.”

January/February 2022 Cooling Journal

In the first Cooling Journal issue of 2022, we visit Empire Radiator Service based in New York. Read about how the company has grown over the years and their plans for the new year. Plus, read about the new goals and lessons learned from NARSA/IDEA's Board of Directors.