Dec 232015

Buy Out Successful- CAR Passes From First Generation to Second

Hello loyal newsletter readers and happy holidays.

Dec. 18th, 2015 was a big day for the company.  That was the day that Charlie Rogers (CEO/Owner) sold his business to his daughter Yvette Pagano and Brian Rumsey. Yvette is now the CEO and a 90% majority owner. Brian Rumsey is now President and a 10% minority owner. This ownership transition allows CAR to apply for the Certified Woman Owned Business designation and Yvette is already moving forward with the paperwork. The succession plan and transition were in place for many years but the “devil is in the details” and bringing the deal to final close was a great achievement for all involved.

Please see the note below written by Charlie…

Dear Friends,

   I’m pleased to announce that I’ve sold CAR Engineering to my daughter Yvette Pagano and Brian Rumsey, I am retired effective immediately.

   Building a business is a privilege and almost impossible to do without the support of friends, good employees and the entire business community. I am so proud of the CAR Engineering employees, an extremely capable group of talented solid citizens. I’ve never thought for a minute I could be successful without them and I consider them all friends.

   I’m going to Florida for 3 months, I’ll be back in the spring. There will be a celebration of CAR’s 30th anniversary next spring/summer and I will be there to see you.

   Thanks again & Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Charlie at his last employee meeting surrounded by his 10+ year employees








Charlie’s last few weeks were emotional ones, but as always he was a class act. He gave a speech at his last employee meeting, thanking all those who helped him build his business. At the end of the meeting he called up every employee that had been with the company 10 years or longer for a special tribute. He passed out the Christmas cards and gifts his last day with some tearful good-byes and hugs. He cleaned out his office and spent his first official day of retirement (Dec. 21st) taking 2 of his granddaughters to their Wiggles, Jiggles, and Giggles class- go Papa!


 CAR Passes ISO 9001: 2008 and TS 16949 Audits

CAR is pleased to announce that we have passed our re-certification audit and are once again certified to the ISO and TS standard. The most recent copy of our certificate can be downloaded from our website. As usual the auditor was “tough but fair” and the CAR team performed well. CAR is pleased to report that we cut our minor non-conformances in half from previous year and there were no major findings. CAR would like to recognize ISO administrators- Carrie Hause (Scheduling) and John Jackson (QC Engineer).  We are a small company we do not have a sole person simply dedicated to ISO/TS. Carrie and John take on ISO administration, internal auditing, and training in addition to their regular job responsibilities. CAR is proud of its mature and proven quality systems and the competent team we have sustaining it.


Yvette Pagano Selected By Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 Class of 2015

Every year the Rochester Business Journal selects their Forty Under 40 class. The honorees are professionals younger than 40 who demonstrate leadership in the workplace and in the community. Yvette was thrilled to be selected among the prestigious group. She would like to thank her nominators- Brian Reh of Gorbel, Jim Murray (retired) from McDonald, Cointot, Crouse LLP, and Mike Mandina of Optimax Systems. Yvette and her fellow honorees were recognized at a luncheon on Nov. 19th at the Rochester Convention Center. For a complete list of winners and their bios click here.

Yvette heads to the stage escorted by nominator Brian Reh

Yvette heads to the stage escorted by nominator Brian Reh



 Posted by on December 23, 2015
Sep 242015

Welcome John Jackson- QC Engineer

QC Engineer: John Jackson

QC Engineer: John Jackson

CAR is pleased to announce the newest member of its management team, QC Engineer John Jackson. John comes to CAR with over 22 years of experience in the manufacturing industry and machine shop environment. He started his career as a CNC machine operator and worked his way up to master CNC programmer, and then into management. While working on 3rd shift at his former employer, he was responsible for all aspects of the mill department including performing all the QC checks on parts. It is there that he got his first exposure to what it takes to ensure parts are to print. What makes John such a valuable addition to the CAR team is his prior machining background. He is easily able to identify critical dimensions on prints and can offer real solutions to the machinists on best practices when working on and then verifying tight tolerance parts. A real “team player” John has been a great addition to the team. John works side by side with QC Manager David Vincent. To read John’s complete bio please “click here”


Annual CAR Company Picnic…Rain or Shine

Based on the success of last year’s clam bake, employees voted to do a repeat of last year. The location was again at Powder Mills Park, the food was the same- clam bake with lots of other great picnic food. We had a bounce house, bocce tournament, raffle, arts and crafts for the kids, and Lugia’s Ice Cream truck. The only thing that was different from last year was the weather.  Compared to last year’s picture perfect weather this year was rainy and cold most of the day.

The bocce tournament had to be canceled and the kids had to bounce in the rain but it was still a great time. Employees mainly hung out in the lodge where there were board games, Jenga, and other activities set up. The goal of any picnic is employee appreciation and a chance to meet co-workers’ family and friends. Congratulations to Tammy Schutt (wife of CNC machinist Dave Schutt) for winning the grand prize in the raffle- $100 gift card. We are also pleased to report that there was no left over beer, and minimal left over clams.

As for the picnic next year plans are in the works for something big as Sept. 2016 will be CAR Engineering’s 30th year in business…stay tuned.

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Picnic Fun!

Picnic Fun!




Best 10 Years of His Life…Congratulations Kam Blocker

Kam being honored at the Sept. employee meeting

Kam being honored at the Sept. employee meeting

Congratulations to Shipping and Receiving Manager Kam Blocker for completing 10 years of service at CAR Engineering. Kam started in shipping back in Sept. 2005 and has been critical to the success of the company. Getting parts out on-time with perfect quality is the hallmark of any good machine shop. Because we are so diverse in our customer base, there are a lot of different requirements and special instructions when it comes to shipping. We not only ship within the USA but to many countries outside the US. Kam is committed to making sure these packages arrive safe and sound and in perfect condition. Our sales last year were $9.4 million and each item left our dock in Victor, NY under Kam’s supervision. He does an excellent job running this department especially since it is staffed with Kam and one other full time shipping employee, Eric.  Per company tradition each employee that completes 10 years of service receives a lovely mantel clock.   Thank you Kam for your dedication and years of service to CAR.

Welcome to the World Hannah Elizabeth Weirich

Wait a CAR Engineering employee had a baby? Another girl? That’s right! Loyal newsletter readers know that at CAR we love announcing the birth of new babies and most of the time they are girls! Jerame Weirich, who works in our stampings department setting up our multi-slides, and his wife Beth are the proud parents to baby girl Hannah Elizabeth Weirich.

Hannah was born on Aug. 3rd at 12:27pm at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY. She weighed 7 lbs 15 oz. and measured 20 inches long. She is the first child for Jerame and Beth. The couple both loved the name Hannah and chose the middle name “Elizabeth” for Jerame’s wife Beth whose given name is Elizabeth. Jerame enjoyed a 2 week paternity leave but is back to work. Both baby and mother are healthy and happy. Congratulations to the Weirich family!

Asleep in Daddy's arms

Asleep in Daddy’s arms

Baby Hannah

 Posted by on September 24, 2015
Jul 012015

Yvette Rogers Pagano Featured as “Woman To Watch”

Hello loyal newsletter readers and welcome to the Q2 2015 edition of the CAR newsletter. Our first story is a link to our local paper the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Every Tuesday they feature a “Woman To Watch” and CAR President Yvette Pagano was featured on June 2nd, 2015. In the article she emphasizes one of the things she is most passionate about- filling the pipeline with a skilled workforce. To read the entire article please click HERE.


CAR Exhibits at Monroe Community College High Tech Exploration Night

If you read the article above you know that getting high school students excited about a career in machining is a passion for CAR Engineering. When Bob Lasch, who runs the career and technical services over at our local community college, asked CAR Engineering if we wanted to participate in the High Tech Exploration Night, we confirmed immediately. The event, which took place on the MCC campus, had over 500 students, parents, and educators. The goal of the event was to showcase local businesses in precision machining, engineering, and optics- all seeking to hire and retain top talent. Many of these good paying jobs do not require a 4 year degree. MCC offers multiple certificate and 2 year training programs which are the perfect foundation to start in an apprenticeship at a place like CAR Engineering. CAR employees William Blakley and Todd Guarnio manned CAR’s booth. Bill represented CNC machining while Todd educated high school students and their parents on opportunities in tool and die making and stampings. To see more photos from the event click here.


Bill and Todd manning the CAR booth


CAR Participates In Flower City Habitat for Humanity Leaders Build

When friend of the company and President of UTC Retail, Sam Villanti, asked Yvette if she would participate in the Flower City Habitat for Humanity Leaders Build week, she accepted immediately. Yvette had some interaction with Habitat when she worked for Ford in San Francisco but this was her first experience in the Rochester Area.

The entire organization was very impressive. Their motto- “a hand up not a hand out” rang true. Partner families work towards their housing goals by contributing sweat-equity hours and paying a no-profit mortgage or loan. This mortgage or loan contributes back to the Fund for Humanity, helping to financially support the building of additional Flower City Habitat houses or NR programs. The particular area in Rochester that Yvette volunteered in was part of an entire neighborhood revitalization act, the street had many habitat homes and more in development.

It was hard work and a hot day but well worth it. Yvette specifically focused on hanging siding on the outside of one of the houses. CAR encourages all companies and individuals to get involved with this fantastic organization. For photos from the event- click here.

Volunteer crew for the Leaders Build

 Dennis Frey Retires

Night shift lathe machinist Dennis Frey retired from CAR Engineering in March. Dennis came to us when a local shop was closing down and we were very lucky he did. Dennis was a real asset to our night crew and kept our vital turning department humming on the B-shift. A super nice man, he was always willing to train and help along the younger staff in the trade. Dennis and his wife fulfilled their retirement dream by purchasing a motor home and will be enjoying this great country. We will miss you Dennis, thank you for your years of service.



Dennis being honored at his last employee meeting

 Posted by on July 1, 2015
Feb 232015

CAR Engineering is now TS 16949 Certified

Hello loyal newsletter readers and welcome to our 1st publication of the CAR newsletter in 2015. We are pleased and proud to announce that we are now TS 16949 certified. We have been ISO 9001:2008 certified since 2006 but wished to add a higher level of certification for our automotive customers. CAR has been servicing customers in the automotive sector for over 20 years. We knew that we were close to being TS “compliant” so we rolled up our sleeves took it to the certification level. To learn more about TS certification and what is involved, please click here.

Our TS 16949 audit along with our annual ISO renewal took place in Nov. 2014. We were approved for certification pending the closure of a few minor non-conformances. Those were submitted and accepted before the holidays and our new certificate arrived in Jan. 2015. It is available on our website for download and you are also welcome to contact our quality department or Yvette Pagano if you need a copy. CAR would like to thank Carrie Hause (scheduling) and James Wagner (QC Engineer) for their efforts with this certification. Both Carrie and Jim attended outside training to become certified TS internal auditors and both individuals put forth great effort to ensure that CAR was complying with all TS 16949 standards.

Fare Thee Well – Roger Cornell

Long time CNC lathe programmer and set-up man Roger Cornell retired from CAR Engineering Dec. 31st 2014. Roger started at CAR in 2000 after the owner, Charlie Rogers, purchased a local manufacturing company. The lathes Roger ran along with Roger himself came from that acquisition.

Hard working, great quality, and smart are the words that best describe Roger. An early bird, Roger started his day at CAR at 5 am. Roger had his own little corner of the shop where his small lathes are located. From a gravestone around Halloween to Christmas lights in Dec. he always added a little flair to his work space.

Roger announced his retirement 6 months in advance so during that time we had one of our up and coming apprentices shadow him. Although we miss him we are happy to report that Mike has been able to keep up with the work load. Roger is also available to CAR as a consultant and remains a dedicated resource to CAR Engineering.

Not one to sit around Roger has already picked up a part-time job as an inspector at a shop 5 minutes from his house. When not working Roger is enjoying his time off with his wife, Deborah, and his adult sons.


Roger is honored at the Dec. employee meeting

Roger is honored at the Dec. employee meeting

Welcome To The World- Bria Grace Swart

CAR is pleased to announce the birth of…you guessed it another girl! CNC mill employee Chad Swart and his fiancee Kristie welcomed their second child, daughter Bria. Bria Grace Swart was born on Jan. 9th at 1:36 am in Thompson Hospital. She weighed 6lbs and 12 oz. and measured 19.5 inches long. Bria joins big sister Mackenzie, five years old, as the newest member of the Swart clan. So far so good, Bria is healthy, happy, and a good baby. Warmest congratulations to the Swart family!

The Swart family with their new addition

The Swart family with their new addition


Bria Grace Swart

Bria Grace Swart

 Posted by on February 23, 2015
Oct 032014

CAR sets new all-time record month (July)

It is hard to believe that we are wrapping up the 3rd quarter already. In fact we have been so busy we are behind with our newsletter as it is now a few days into Q4. CAR is pleased and proud to announce that we shattered our all-time monthly sales number which was last set in Jan. 2013. July 2014 was the best month in our 28 year history. Getting all our shipments out proved especially challenging as scheduler Carrie Hause was out on maternity leave until Aug. 3rd and former CNC Project Engineer Steve Gerrard’s last day was July 19th. Steve’s replacement, Bill Blakely (see next article) didn’t start until Aug. 3rd. Our skeleton crew was running on fumes but we pushed ahead and got the parts out the door. As always we need to thank the 3 pillars of our success- our customers, vendor partners and our dedicated staff for their continued business and hard work. We followed July with a great Aug. and Sept. was also a strong month.  With Carrie back full time and Bill at the helm of our CNC department we hope to break another record before the end of 2014.

As is the tradition when we break the sales record, CEO/Owner Charlie Rogers treats the staff to a meal. This time around, the lunch (dinner for night crew) was “make-your-own-garbage-plates”. For those of you that don’t live in the Rochester area, please click here to learn more about our local delicacy.

CEO Charlie Rogers grilling for the staff

CEO Charlie Rogers grilling for the staff

Welcome William Blakely

CAR is pleased to announce the newest member of management- William (Bill) Blakely. Bill is our CNC Project Engineer and replaces Steve Gerrard. Bill’s job duties include quoting new projects for our CNC customers, managing those projects once we receive the orders, and working with our machinists on the floor to ensure we are maximizing all efficiencies. Bill has a strong machining background and prior management experience. His mix of skills make him an ideal fit for this position and CAR is very lucky to have such a great talent on our staff. To read Bill’s complete bio please click here.

Bill Blakely- newest member of the CAR crew

Bill Blakely- newest member of the CAR crew

CAR Company Picnic

A great time was had by all at the CAR annual company picnic. This year’s event took place on Sept. 6th at Powder Mills Park. The staff voted and majority wanted a clam bake so we went for it. Milt Cummings borrowed the steamer from his conservation club which held 170 dozen clams. We also had traditional picnic food and many employees brought yummy homemade treats to pass as well. The picnic also featured a keg of Rogers Beer (supplied by former CAR employee Al Rogers), face painting and bounce house for kids, raffle for top prizes, LuGia’s ice cream truck (supplied by Brian Rumsey) and a bocce tournament.

Milt Cummings and son Ryan defeated CAR employees Mike Mendolera and Emily Thomas to win the bocce tournament and the $100 cash prize, ($50 for second). Carrie Hause was the big winner in the raffle scoring the grand prize; a $100 gift card to the mall. It was a bit overcast but overall the weather held out and the CAR employees, their families, and friends were able to enjoy the festivities.

Bring on the clams...

Bring on the clams…

Face painting fun

Face painting fun

Congratulations Steve Cheesman

It’s official! Steve Cheesman married longtime girlfriend Jessica Lawrence on July 26th 2014. Steve Cheesman is one of our CNC mill programmers and loyal newsletters may recall previous articles on Steve both for graduating from our apprentice program and the birth announcement of the couple’s daughter.

The couple held both their ceremony and reception at Mendon Country Club. One hundred guests attended and the weather was perfect. Steve’s best man was 10 year old son Gavin and Jessica’s maid of honor was her cousin Kristina. The couple’s 4 year old daughter, Hailey was the flower girl. The new Mr. and Mrs. Cheesman reside in Farmington. Best wishes for a long and prosperous marriage!

The new Mr. and Mrs. Cheesman

The new Mr. and Mrs. Cheesman


 Posted by on October 3, 2014