In this latest issue of The Cooling Journal, we shine the spotlight on longtime NARSA member David Bienvenu of Radiator Service Co based in Louisiana. You can also read more on what you can expect at our in-person 2021 Fall Conference in Grapevine, Texas.
TitanX’s history involves several different companies. Its roots go back to 1895 when JW Thorell, a Swedish blacksmith, started his own business in Linköping. Then, in 1914, the Gabrielson Car Parts Company opened in Jamestown, New York. Another plant was founded in 1953 in Mjällby, Sweden. Those three plants were eventually acquired by Blackstone, then Valeo. Then TitanX was born in 2008. TitanX’s headquarters are in Sweden. There are also facilities in Brazil, Mexico, and China as well as Jamestown, New York. It was the Jamestown, New York facility that was the headquarters of Blackstone Cooperation that consolidated these factories in Sweden under one umbrella. There are roughly 1,000 TitanX employees worldwide.
Nominations are now open for candidates seeking election to the Board of Directors of NARSA/IDEA – The International Heat Transfer and Diesel Emissions Association. The Board is responsible for setting policy, reviewing programs, developing projects and approving budgets for sustaining the overall financial health of the organization. The Board provides for the direction of staff and association resources to accomplish the objectives of the organization.
It is a new dawn for the United States as we get back to enjoying some of the things we have missed for the last year and a half. We have weathered the storm and hopefully the rest of the world is right behind us. With summer comes an increase in travel, vacations, products and services which all equate to an increase in business. Hopefully your business is positioned to be able to capitalize on a re-energized economy.
We are excited to announce a photo calendar for 2022 featuring NARSA/IDEA members from ALL over the world! It's your time to shine! Email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 15 to be considered.
This week, we chat with cooling systems veteran David Bienvenu of Radiator Service Co., who is based in Houma, Louisiana. He's the go-to guy many of our NARSA/IDEA members call when they have a question. But unlike some, David didn't grow up in the radiator business. Learn how he got into the industry, the most costly mistake he ever made, and how NARSA helped him overcome challenges in this special episode.
The greatest advantage to social media has been our ability to communicate and engage with cooling systems and emission service facilities around the world. This year, we have added members in South America, Africa, and France. Social media is the tool which has given us an opportunity to expand our footprint beyond U.S. borders. Canada and Mexico have always been and continue to be important to the success of NARSA/IDEA, but now we are truly the international organization.
As I’m sure many of our readers find themselves doing, I often ponder the future of my business. Over the last two years, we have formalized our planning for the future with quarterly, yearly, three year and ten year plans. This process aligned our team in our goals for the future. We stand at the cusp of a seismic shift. How will the world be generating energy and powering the next generation of vehicles? Like it or not, things are changing, and we need to be prepared for a time when the internal combustion engine will no longer be the dominant technology to transport people and goods. While this may seem intimidating and scary, the radiator industry has been here before.
We recap NARSA/IDEA's Spring 2021 Virtual Conference in the May/June 2021 issue of The Cooling Journal. See how our members from all over the world connected and interacted with our speakers and experts through technical presentations and panel discussions. We also learn more about about TitanX's history in our Member Spotlight.
Chuck and Bryan Braswell join us from North Carolina at Rocky Mount Radiator & A/C, which is a fourth-generation family-owned business, and their involvement with NARSA/IDEA runs deep as well. Chuck is a former NARSA/IDEA President and Bryan currently serves as a Board member. Learn how NARSA/IDEA has contributed to their success, about their future goals to expand the business, and what it’s really like working closely with your parents in this latest episode.