Solder and Soot: A NARSA/IDEA Podcast

NARSA/IDEA

"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.

All Episodes

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.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 28

41 min 20 sec

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! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Oct 2

41 min 52 sec

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. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Aug 29

49 min 26 sec

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." --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jul 30

50 min 3 sec

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.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jun 27

56 min 19 sec

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. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

May 27

59 min 23 sec

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.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Apr 29

30 min 16 sec

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. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Apr 7

44 min 45 sec

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. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Mar 19

1 hr 19 min

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.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Jan 28

48 min 28 sec

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.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Dec 2020

57 min 4 sec