Solder & Soot: A NARSA/IDEA Podcast

“Solder and Soot” is produced by NARSA/IDEA, an international trade association connecting shops, manufacturers, and distributors in the cooling systems and diesel emissions industries. Each episode, hosts Mark Taylor and Bobby Duran interview entrepreneurs and industry leaders to learn more about their business challenges and success stories.

You can find “Solder & Soot” on iTunes, Spotify, Anchor.fm as well as http://narsa-idea.org/podcast.

Interested in sponsoring an episode of Solder & Soot? Email marymargaret@narsa.org.


Latest Episodes

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 17: BGR Radiator

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.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 13: Frank Finger

We are kicking off Season 2 of “Solder & Soot: A NARSA/IDEA Podcast” with a pioneer in the cooling systems world: Frank Finger, whose career spans nearly 80 years. Mr. Frank is not only a dear friend to both Bobby Duran and Mark Taylor, but he’s also a wealth of information to everyone in NARSA/IDEA. In Part 1 of this interview, we learn about the early days of NARSA/IDEA in the 1950s, how the radiator industry has changed over time, and the piece of business advice that Frank’s father taught him that he will never forget.

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 12: Empire Radiator Service

In this latest episode of “Solder & Soot,” we sit down with three generations of Schelkuns (Mike, Jim, and Andrew) who run Empire Radiator Service. We dive into the past, present, and future plans of the Rochester, New York-based company and dig into what it’s really like working with your family.

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 11: Mike’s Radiators

We learn all about life in Zimbabwe with Mike Marques and Darren Maboreke of Mike’s Radiators in this episode of “Solder & Soot.” They are new members to NARSA/IDEA, but they’re both experienced in the world of cooling systems. From recruiting employees to finding materials, we discuss the challenges of operating a radiator shop in Africa. Plus, have you heard of the African tiger fish? We learn more about this monster of a fish, and why it’s especially tough to catch. 

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 10: Jeff Thorpe (G & M Radiator)

This episode we jump across the pond to speak with Jeff Thorpe of G & M Radiator based in Scotland. G & M’s roots go back all the way to 1919. Not only do we find out about cooling systems industry history overseas, but we learn more about the skilled labor shortage challenges the UK is dealing with. A member of NARSA/IDEA for many years, G & M also shares some exciting breaking news with us about the company’s future plans!

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 09: All About Coolants (Old World Industries)

Did you know that 40% of engine downtime is coolant-related? This month on “Solder & Soot,” we dive into the science of coolants with Joe Long of Old World Industries. Joe has more than 40 years of experience in the trucking industry and is definitely an expert in his field. Not only does Joe answer our top questions, but he also explains the most common mistakes technicians make when it comes to coolants, cleaners, and other chemicals in this latest episode.

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 08: Jamie Irvine (The Heavy-Duty Parts Report)

We discuss current industry trends with Jamie Irvine of The Heavy-Duty Parts Report podcast. Jamie has worked in the heavy-duty parts industry since 1998 and is currently a Sales and Marketing Consultant. Why should businesses focus on service? How can companies eliminate waste and inefficiency? Jamie breaks down how you can succeed against your competition in the latest episode of “Solder & Soot: a NARSA/IDEA Podcast.”

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 07: David Bienvenu (Radiator Service Co., Inc.)

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.

“Solder & Soot” Podcast Episode 06: Chuck & Bryan Braswell (Rocky Mount Radiator & AC)

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.

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“Solder & Soot” Podcast Hosts:

ABOUT MARK TAYLOR:

Mark Taylor graduated from Wesley College before starting his own radiator repair business in 1981. He later owned and operated ERS Cooling Systems in Glen Burnie, MD for 36 years. He served as President of NARSA from 2014-2016, then Chairman of NARSA from 2016-2018 before becoming the Executive Director in 2019.

ABOUT BOBBY DURAN:

Bobby Duran is President of Cooling Systems Caribe in Aibonito, Puerto Rico.  Bobby started his career with S&F Radiator Service in New Jersey in 2005 and successfully exited the business in 2016.  He has been NARSA member for 15 years and board member for over 10 years. He is currently serving as the President of NARSA/IDEA.