Solder and Soot: A NARSA/IDEA Podcast
"Solder and Soot" is produced by NARSA/IDEA, an international trade association connecting shops, manufacturers, and distributers 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.
"A Cooling Systems Christmas Carol" (Mark Taylor & Bobby Duran)
To wrap up 2022, Solder & Soot's Mark Taylor and Bobby Duran have curated a Cooling Systems Christmas Carol. In this special episode, our hosts reflect on the past, present, and future of NARSA/IDEA and what big events impacted our members.
December 29, 2022
In this episode of "Solder & Soot," we sit down with cooling systems industry expert Pat O'Connor, Vice President of Sales at Johnson Manufacturing. Pat will be inducted into NARSA's Cooling Systems Hall of Fame in 2023. Without a doubt, NARSA would not be what it is today without Pat's influence. In addition to hearing about his successful career, we learn how Pat was instrumental within our association in bridging the gap between manufacturers and service shops.
November 14, 2022
Minnesota-based L&M Radiator is well known in the cooling systems industry, but our listeners may not know the company's origins and how it can be traced back to WWII. In this episode of Solder & Soot, we sit down with David "Sully" Sullender to learn what sets MESABI® products apart.
September 23, 2022
In the cooling systems industry, the Roppel family of Kentucky is well known. In this episode of "Solder & Soot," we sit down with father and son Tom and Corey Roppel to learn about the early days of the family business and how Roppel Industries has transformed over the past 75 years. This episode isn't strictly all business, though. We also talk about Kentucky bourbon, learn about Tom's best pranks, and hear why the Roppels refuse to wear socks.
August 09, 2022
We dive into the dynamics of running a family business with Bobby’s father Luis Duran in this episode of “Solder & Soot.” Learn how Luis first got involved in the cooling systems industry, his service in the Air Force, and how he ran two companies in New Jersey and Puerto Rico. You’ll also hear from Luis about how vital NARSA was to his success. This episode is sponsored by Johnson Manufacturing.
July 13, 2022
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. This episode is sponsored by Johnson Manufacturing.
May 04, 2022
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. This episode is sponsored by Johnson Manufacturing.
April 18, 2022
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. This episode is sponsored by Johnson Manufacturing.
February 27, 2022
Frank Finger (Part 2)
“Fortunes aren't made by the meek. It’s made by the brave.” - Frank Finger 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.” This episode is sponsored by Johnson Manufacturing.
January 30, 2022
Frank Finger (Part 1)
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. This episode is sponsored by Johnson Manufacturing.
December 28, 2021
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.
December 02, 2021
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.
October 28, 2021
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!
October 02, 2021
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.
August 29, 2021
Jamie Irvine (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."
July 30, 2021
David Bienvenu (Radiator Service Co.)
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.
June 27, 2021
Chuck & Bryan Braswell (Rocky Mount Radiator & A/C)
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.
May 27, 2021
Economist Dr. Mary Kelly
How has COVID-19 impacted the global supply chain? In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Mary Kelly, a renowned economist, author, public speaker, and professor. Dr. Kelly will also be among the speakers at NARSA/IDEA's 2021 Spring Virtual Conference May 20-21. Hear how Dr. Kelly describes the current state of the economy and what business owners need to know about what could happen next.
April 29, 2021
Steve Hoke (Diesel Emissions Service)
In Episode 4, we talk with Steve Hoke of Diesel Emissions Service. After California established new regulations regarding heavy duty trucks and emissions, Hoke seized the opportunity to start his own business. In addition to service shops, Hoke’s empire has grown to include manufacturing and distributing diesel particulate filter accessories and parts. Hear from Hoke about how his business philosophy focuses on relationships and how he’s helping educate other members within our association.
April 07, 2021
Joe McGovern - "King of Niche Products"
In Episode 3 of "Solder & Soot," we sit down with Joe McGovern whose career spanned more than 40 years in the radiator business. He worked as a salesman with Mangum before starting his own business Tanks ‘N Tabs. He later sold his business to Northern Radiator and retired in 2018. Hear from Joe about his experience traveling throughout the country in his RV, his success in a niche market, and how NARSA played a major role in his career.
March 19, 2021
Don Hart's Radiator
In the second episode of "Solder & Soot," 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.
January 28, 2021
Solder & Soot Pilot Episode
In our series premiere, NARSA/IDEA's Executive Director Mark Taylor and President Bobby Duran discuss their journey into the world of radiator repair and DPF service. "Solder & Soot" is produced by NARSA/IDEA, an international trade association connecting shops, manufacturers, and distributers 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.
December 10, 2020