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March 2021 Newsletter

Brutal winter storms impacted millions of people across the United States. Learn how NARSA/IDEA members are dealing with the aftermath of that recent severe winter weather. Plus, see new products our members have recently released.

A Vision for 2021

Whether your business is down or it is booming, one thing is for sure; It is necessary to set the direction for your company at the beginning of the year. If your business is slow, now is the time to think about your vision for your company and how you can turn your vision into reality. If you are busy, you must still plan for the new year because perhaps you have been blessed, and now you need to plan for expansion which is another type of vision.

My Investment in NARSA/IDEA

What is your investment worth?

This question led me to a conundrum that I had experienced recently. A former member reached out to the home office with a very specific question that only a few people in the industry would know.

January/February 2021 Cooling Journal

The first Cooling Journal magazine of 2021 has arrived! In this issue, we dig into the history of Don Harts Radiator in Texas, whose ties to the industry go back 100 years! Plus, we also have technical articles including a guide to measuring radiator cores accurately and how oscilloscopes are used in the heavy-duty market.

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 02: Don Hart Radiator

In our second episode, we sit down with Don Hart of Don Hart Radiator in Texas. Hart’s ties in the industry actually go back more than 100 years. Hart discusses what he’s learned from his mistakes and the role NARSA/IDEA has played in the success of his business.

Webinar: Aftertreatment 101 (Part 2)

The discussion continues in Part 2 of Aftertreatment 101 where you will learn more about engine maintenance in relationship DPF maintenance and failures. Why is it important to be proactive? Attendees will also dive into cleaning machines types and why there is no one size fits all.

Webinar: Measure that Radiator Core Error Free (Part 2)

In Part 2 “Measure that Radiator Core Error Free!”, we explore how to properly count fins per inch in serpentine and flat fin radiator cores. Attendees will also learn the method for counting tubes in a radiator core without actually counting each tube and a continuation of ordering the correct headers either for a solder together or bolt together application. At the end of this session, you should be armed with the necessary information for ordering radiator cores correctly.

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 01

NARSA/IDEA is proud to introduce our new podcast Solder & Soot. In our series premiere, hosts Mark Taylor and Bobby Duran discuss their career paths, how they began working with one another, and how they became involved with NARSA/IDEA.

2020 in Review

NARSA/IDEA has been impacted just like a lot of other businesses. All of our in-person events this year were canceled and future events are on hold to see what the beginning of 2021 looks like. This doesn’t mean we don’t have reasons to give thanks.

Coming Out as a Stronger Association

While a picture is worth a thousand words and I thoroughly enjoy talking shop with fellow members, the most interesting tales to me are the backstories of how people started their careers and arrived at where they are today. We are fortunate to have business owners from remarkably diverse backgrounds in our industry. Since there is no radiator or emissions school that serves as a pipeline into our industry, our members come from a multitude of backgrounds.

November/December 2020 Cooling Journal

This final issue of The Cooling Journal of the year includes a special member spotlight on a Kentucky family-owned business that has overcome several challenges. Inside, you’ll also find technical articles on DPF Bung Identification and Aftertreatment 101.

Webinar: Measure that Radiator Core Error Free (Part 1)

When ordering cores, mistakes can cost the service shop, the manufacturer, and the customer time and money. Learn how to do it correctly the first time with NARSA/IDEA! Executive Director Mark Taylor will explain the ins and outs of radiator core measuring along with proper terminology.

Webinar: Aftertreatment 101 (Part 1)

How do aftertreatment systems work? In Part 1 of “Aftertreatment 101,” this class led by Diesel Emissions Service Lead Trainer Steven “Jr” Stratton will cover the entire aftertreatment system, including the reason why it exists and what needs to be done for maintenance to keep it working correctly.

How NARSA/IDEA Has Evolved

Our Executive Director Mark Taylor looks back on his early days in NARSA and reflects on how the association has changed and adapted over the past 30 years.

Introducing Our Lunch and Learn Webinars

NARSA/IDEA is excited to announce our new series of “Lunch and Learn” webinars. Each month, members will be able to join virtual presentations led by leaders in our industry and be able to engage with others from across the world.

November 2020 Newsletter

Learn more about some exciting new plans for NARSA/IDEA members and read industry headlines in our November NARSA Now Newsletter.

September/October 2020 Cooling Journal

This latest issue of The Cooling Journal features a wrap-up of NARSA/IDEA’s first-ever virtual Conference, Vision 20/20. Hear from members all over the globe how they were able to connect and exchange ideas through this virtual platform.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Vision 20/20

No travel or hotel reservations are needed to attend Vision 20/20. You don’t even have to coordinate your outfits, unless you want to! In this new video, NARSA/IDEA’s staff break down the Top Reasons to Attend Vision 20/20.

Vision 20/20 Virtual Conference Speaker: John Blodgett

Our industry has been greatly impacted by COVID-19, but how does this current economy compare to previous recessions? One of the speakers at our Vision 20/20 🥽 Virtual Conference is MacKay & Co.’s John Blodgett who breaks down aftermarket insights and trucking trends specifically for NARSA/IDEA members.

Mark’s Minute – September 12, 2020

Want to revamp how you manage your business? NARSA/IDEA’s Executive Director Mark Taylor explains how the Entrepreneurial Operating System helped his company.

September 2020 Newsletter

Our Vision 20/20 Programming Schedule has been released. Plus, our website is expanding with new resources for NARSA/IDEA members. Learn more in our latest newsletter!

Vision 20/20 Virtual Conference Speaker: David Bienvenu

With more than 25 years in the industry, Radiator Service Co.’s David Bienvenu knows a thing or two about heat exchangers. At this year’s Vision 20/20 Virtual Conference on October 2 & 3, he breaks down the Top 10 Questions about Heat Exchangers he receives.

Vision 20/20 Virtual Conference Speaker: Dr. Azeemuddin Ahmed

Are you uncomfortable when it comes to negotiating? One of the speakers at our Vision 20/20 Virtual Conference is Dr. Azeemuddin Ahmed. Whether it’s dealing with your supplier, a contract, or an employee’s salary, he’ll break down strategies that may make your next negotiation a success.

Mark’s Minute – August 28, 2020

Have you picked up the latest issue of The Cooling Journal yet? A NARSA member reached out to us to ask about business relationships. Our Executive Director talks about his editorial in this week’s Mark’s Minute.

What does Vision 20/20 mean?

Why is having a clear vision essential for your company? In this video, the NARSA/IDEA staff explain how we came up with the theme for this year’s conference Vision 20/20.

July/August 2020 Cooling Journal

In the latest issue of The Cooling Journal, we break down the lineup for the Vision 20/20 Virtual Conference. Plus, a feature interview with Global Emissions Systems, Inc as well as our first NARSA member from Brazil.

Mark’s Minute – August 18, 2020

Spots are filling up fast for our Vision 20/20 Virtual Conference. Our Executive Director explains what free swag the first 200 registrants will receive in this week’s Mark’s Minute.

July 2020 NARSA Now Newsletter

Exciting news for our members. NARSA/IDEA will host its first Virtual Conference this fall. Details about how your business can benefit in our latest newsletter.

May/June 2020 Cooling Journal

In the May/June issue, we speak with several NARSA/IDEA members who tackling COVID19 challenges head on and learn how they’re keeping employees and customers safe. We also visit a Dallas, Texas radiator shop in its first year of business.

May 2020 NARSA Now Newsletter

While some US states have lifted lockdowns and reopened businesses, The World Health Organization warns that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. NARSA encourages its members to continue to put employees first by practicing social distancing, maintaining clean work environments and limit exposure.

March/April Cooling Journal

The world economy has certainly shifted in light of the Coronavirus. In this issue of The Cooling Journal, our Executive Director outlines how members can confront challenges while also keeping employees safe.

January/February Cooling Journal

The first Cooling Journal magazine of 2020 includes details on new minimum wage laws, 2 member spotlights, a feature on NARSA/IDEA’s Board of Directors and insight into a new blood lead level law in California.

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.

December/November Cooling Journal

In the last issue of 2019, we recap the AAPEX convention, introduce the International Diesel Emissions Association (IDEA) and dive deep into DPF cleaning.