19 episodes

"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.

Solder and Soot: A NARSA/IDEA Podcast NARSA/IDEA

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"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.

    Roppel Industries

    Roppel Industries

    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. 


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    • 53 min
    Luis Duran

    Luis Duran

    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.



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    • 53 min
    BGR Radiator

    BGR Radiator

    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.

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    • 53 min
    West End Radiators

    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.



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    • 57 min
    American Radiator

    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.



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    • 39 min
    Frank Finger (Part 2)

    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.”





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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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Awesome resource!

We’ve really enjoyed listening to these episodes and learn something in each one. Thanks for putting these out there!

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I took so much out of this podcasts dad has already made me start rethinking a few things and placing them into our business to help us grow and succeed.

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