Aug 222017

Introducing Our New CNC Manufacturing Manager

CNC Manufacturing Manager Mike Mendolera

CAR is pleased to welcome (back) Mike Mendolera to the CAR team.  Mike began his machining career here at CAR in 2009 when we hired him for our CNC department.  Mike started out as a machine operator on our night shift.  We quickly recognized his talent for machining and moved him to day shift where he worked under our top mill and lathe staff.  We sponsored him for the NYS apprenticeship program and he received his journeyman papers in 2015.  He became very proficient in programming, fixturing, and overall machining of all CNC parts.  In 2015 Mike resigned from CAR to take a job at Five Star Tool in Rochester as a CNC Group Leader.  During his 2 years at Five Star Mike continued to improve his machining skills and gained exposure to 5-axis machining as well consumable tooling.

When the CNC Manufacturing Manager position opened up, we knew that Mike would be the right fit.  Not only is Mike an excellent machinist but he is very familiar with our equipment, staff, capabilities, and customers.  We are thrilled to have him back at CAR and the newest member of our management team.  To read Mike’s full bio click here.


Major Employee Milestones Reached

Founder Charlie Rogers (far left) came out of retirement to honor Dave at employee meeting

Since our last newsletter publication we have had 3 employees hit major milestones in their CAR careers.  The first employee to be recognized was David Vincent, CAR’s Quality Manager.  Dave held the distinct honor of becoming the first hired employee to hit 30 years of service!  Dave was hired on June 1st, 1987, only 6 months after the company was founded.  Dave started out in shipping and receiving before Charlie (founder of CAR) recognized that he needed a full time quality person.  Dave has been overseeing our QC department ever since.  It is extremely hard to put into words what an incredible employee Dave is.  He shows up every day to work at 4:30 am and regularly puts in 12+ hour days.  He is always smiling, joking, and is a friend to all.  Last year Dave was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.  Of course CAR said to take off as much time as he needed but he insisted on coming in and missed as little time as possible.  I am happy to report that Dave has beaten colon cancer and is in remission.   Since Dave was our first employee to hit 30 years management decided he would receive a “custom gift.”  What to do for Dave?  All he does is work!  Well his son lives up in Canada so CAR paid for an all expense trip for him and his wife Mary to go see their son and grandkids.  Congrats Dave on this honor.

Rob Starks honored for 10 years of service

The next employee to hit a career milestone was tool and die maker, Robert Starks.  Rob’s original start date was back in 1998 and at that time he had moved from Tool and Die Maker to Tool Room Supervisor.  Rob left the company in 2005 and pursued a career in real estate.  Realizing his passion was in stampings and die making Rob elected to come back to CAR and re-started in April 2007.  Rob is an outstanding die maker and trouble shooter and has particular strength in our unique multi-slide dies.   CAR recognized this ability and along with tool and die making, Rob is also the Continuous Improvement Specialist for the stampings department.  His job is to make good jobs run even better or fix problem jobs.

Rob hit 10 years of continuous service and was recognized at the employee meeting with our 10 year gift- a lovely mantel clock.  When not at CAR Rob enjoys playing in his golf league and working on his house.  He is also focused on is new “baby” a rescue dog, named Sheldon.  Congrats Rob!


Milt Cummings honored for 30 years of service

Milt Cummings also hits the big 3-0!  Another stellar employee to hit a major milestone was none other than Milton Cummings, CAR’s VP of Operations.  Milt joined CAR on Aug. 10th 1987 and just by luck the employee meeting was held 30 years to the day he started.  Milt began his career as a Tool and Die Maker out on the floor.  After a company softball game injury, Milt was put in light duty for 12 weeks, and he went in the office to work as a die designer.  He has been in management ever since.  He worked for many years as a die designer, quoter, and project engineer in stampings. In 2011, along with his other duties, Milt was promoted to head of our stampings department.  Milt really stepped up and did an outstanding job as the head of stampings.  In 2016, CAR figured if he can oversee stampings, why not have him oversee the entire plant?  So, Milt was promoted once again to his current role as VP of Operations.  Respected by all for his “no nonsense” approach, dedication to CAR, and extremely strong technical skills, Milt is a critical member of the team.

When not a CAR Milt has a variety of interests- especially spending time with his family, wife Sue and adult children Nicole and Ryan.  For his custom gift CAR choose 2 items for Milt…”Guns and Golf.”  An avid hunter and golfer-fitted golf clubs and the gun of his choice are perfect for Milt.  Thank you for your service to CAR Milt!

Warmest Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Iovine-Wong

Jeff and Paige- tie the knot!

Congratulations to Tool and Die Maker Apprentice Jeffery Wong on his marriage to Paige Iovine.  CAR recently sponsored Jeffery for the NYS Apprenticeship program.  Jeffery works in both the CNC and stampings departments but his concentration for his apprenticeship will be in tool and die making.

Jeffery and Paige have known each other since elementary school but began dating in 2010 shortly after they graduated from Greece Odyssey High School.  They were married on July 9th 2017 at the Plantation Party House in Spencerport, NY.  After their honeymoon in the Mexican Rivera, Jeffery was at work for 2 days before he needed to leave again for 2 weeks to fulfill his Marine Core Reserves annual training.  We have missed Jeffery around here but we are proud to have an employee in the reserves.  Paige will be starting her duel master’s in Public Health and Social Work at the University of Buffalo in the fall.  Congrats to this great couple.

 Posted by on August 22, 2017
Apr 192017

Message From Yvette Pagano:

Welcome loyal newsletter readers to the Q2 2017 edition of the CAR newsletter.  I have missed a few quarters of publications but happy to say that we have lots of great updates.  Thanks in advance for taking a look and your continued interest in CAR Engineering and Manufacturing.

CAR Launches Company Video 2.0

CAR was very pleased with our original company video which was shot back in 2013.  It featured then CEO/Owner Charlie Rogers and President Yvette Pagano.  However times have changed.  Yvette is now owner and CEO, while Brian is the President and a minority owner.  The other big news is that CAR is now WBENC certified (certified woman owned business) and that needed to be conveyed in the new video as well.  So with no further delay –please click here to view our new informational company video.  For those of you missing the original video don’t worry- it is still active on CAR’s You Tube Channel.

CAR Participates in Monroe Community College High Tech Exploration Night

CAR Engineering was pleased to participate once again in our local community college- Monroe Community College- High Tech Exploration Night.  The goal of the night is to educate high school and middle school students, along with their parents on the excellent careers available in the skilled trades.  MCC had over 600 students, parents, educators, and employers attend the program that night.  Those attending the event could take tours of MCC’s facilities, learn about their degree programs in precision machining, optics, and HVAC, as well as speak to companies needing those skills.  CAR was there to represent employers in Rochester, explain what it takes to enter the field of precision machining, the types of jobs we are sourcing, and some of the products we manufacture.  Shout out to CNC Engineer, Bill Blakely, and QC Engineer, John Jackson for manning the CAR booth this year.

Bill and John working the CAR booth

Congrats To New Mama Jenna Hildebrandt

CAR is delighted to announce the birth of Austin Peter Hildebrandt.  Austin was born 3 weeks early, arriving on Dec. 09 2016.  His parents are CAR’s Administrative Assistant- Jenna and her husband Scott.  Loyal readers may recall stories featuring Jenna’s wedding and birth announcement.  Despite his early arrival he was a big boy- weighting 8 lbs. and measuring 20 inches long.  Jenna took a 10 week maternity leave but is now back at CAR working Tues-Friday.  While Jenna is at work, Austin spends his time with Jenna’s sister and loves going to Aunt Val’s place.  Due to Yvette’s writer’s block Austin isn’t a newborn anymore- check out his cute 4 month photo below.  Welcome Austin!!!

Jenna with baby Austin

Austin at 4 months

Beer Anyone?

Loyal newsletter readers may also recall former longtime employee, friend of the company, and sister of the CEO- Al Rogers and his venture Rogers Beer.  Al left CAR in 2012 to purse a sales career with Bodycote Thermal processing.  Al is still with Bodycote and please contact him directly for all your heat treating needs.

Al is also passionate about beer and started his own craft brewing company, named Rogers Beer.  With family obligations as well as his demanding job at Bodycote Al was looking to divest from the beer business.  Luckily he met up with brothers John and Marc Marcello and Jay Beaumont who own- the Smokin Eagle in Leroy and 58 Main in Brockport.  Rogers Beer was one of the featured beers at 58 Main.  The brothers, Jay, and Al formed a partnership where they all co-own Rogers Beer.  Al’s main focus will be to create new recipes and be the master brewer.  Rogers Beer continues to be for sale at 11 local Wegmans Grocery Stores as well as at fine bars in the Rochester area.  To read the complete article click here.

Al and Yvette at Rogers Beer launch party

Further Evidence That Skilled Trades Are In High Demand

Finally I wanted to share this article on the need for skilled workers and the topic of “middle skills”.  This relates nicely to what CAR is trying to accomplish by participating in the MCC High Tech Exploration Night.  Furthermore it supports CAR’s continued involvement in FAME (Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise) which focuses on retaining and attracting the youth into the skilled trades.  CAR is also a proud participant in the NYS apprenticeship program (listed as Charles A Rogers Enterprises Inc.) and have been training apprentices into journeyman tool and die makers and CNC machinists since our founding in 1986.  Check out the article here.  For those of you reading this with high school students please remember that CAR is always tour ready and happy to speak to or give tours to anyone interested in learning more about a career in advanced manufacturing.


 Posted by on April 19, 2017
Aug 232016

30 Years In Business and Charlie’s Retirement Party

Hello loyal newsletter readers and welcome to the Q3 2016 addition.  We are pleased to report on CAR’s epic celebration held here at our plant on July 29th, 2016.  This event served two purposes, first to acknowledge 30 years of manufacturing success in upstate NY and to celebrate Charlie’s retirement from CAR which was official in December 2015.

In 1986 founder Charlie Rogers started CAR Engineering, first renting space in Pittsford, NY and then moving to our current location back in 1992.  A major addition was put on the plant in 1997 and we have been operating here ever since.  The celebration event was attended by those who have made our business possible- our employees,

customers, vendors, and friends.  We had a 25 foot water slide, live band, bounce house, shop tours, full BBQ dinner, ice cream truck, and a great speech by Charlie.  In the speech he made special mention of his brother-in-law, Steve Marra (CFO-retired) for his critical support in the early days of the company.  The event was featured on local channel 13 news as their “bright spot” to view the clip please click here.  Pictures from the event below, enjoy and thanks to all that came to celebrate with us!

Ready to party!

Ready to party!

Cheryl, Jenna, Yvette and Brian display CAR pride

Cheryl, Jenna, Yvette and Brian display CAR pride

"Making Parts and Breaking Hearts since 1986"

“Making Parts and Breaking Hearts since 1986”


Sloane Pagano hits the water slide

Carrie Hause enjoys band with son Ivan

Carrie Hause enjoys band with son Ivan

Charlie Rogers and Steve Marra

Charlie Rogers and Steve Marra




Special Milestone Reached- Todd Guarino and Yvette Pagano

todd clock

Todd honored at June meeting

Congratulations to Tool Room Supervisor Todd Guarino for achieving 10 years of service at CAR Engineering.  Todd began his career at CAR back in June 2006, as a tool and die maker.  Showing great leadership as well as strong technical ability, Todd was promoted to Tool Room Supervisor in 2009.  In 2011 an office position opened up and Todd was again promoted.  Todd still oversees the tool room, including new die builds and maintenance of our existing dies.  However he now works under Milt Cummings and assists Milt with quotes and new tool designs.  When not at CAR Todd enjoys living in downtown Rochester and competitive running.  As per the company tradition, Todd was honored at the June employee meeting and received a lovely mantel clock.




Yvette Pagano followed Todd at at the July employee meeting when she hit her 10 year milestone.  Yvette is the daughter of founder Charlie Rogers and returned to her hometown of Rochester, NY to work in the family business back in 2006.


Yvette gets clock at July meeting

After stints as the sales and marketing manager, VP Operations and President, she closed the deal with her dad in Dec. 2015 and became the CEO/Owner.  It is amazing how fast 10 years goes and Yvette is very proud to be a 2nd generation owner building on the success of her father.  Yvette received her clock at the July meeting which was presented to her by President Brian Rumsey.







Paul Secora Ties The Knot

Mr. and Mrs. Secora in Jamaica

Mr. and Mrs. Secora in Jamaica

Wedding bells for Tool and Die Maker Paul Secora and his new bride Maria (Gokey) Secora.  The couple had their wedding ceremony at Sandals Resort in Jamaica back in April 2016.  They were married on a gazebo overlooking the ocean with just two close friends to witness the happy occasion.  This also doubled as the couple’s honeymoon and they were in Jamaica for 10 days total.

The couple hosted a celebration party back in the USA on July 16th at the VFW in Shortsville, NY.  The party was attended by 100 guests and had delicious food and a rocking DJ.  The most important guest was Maria’s 12 year old son, Jacob Laboy.  Paul, Maria, and Jacob have been living as a family unit for several years now, but having the wedding and local celebration makes it official.  Warmest congratulations to this great trio.


CAR’s Magic Water Strikes Again

Jenna enjoying CAR's magic water

Jenna enjoying CAR’s magic water

Baby watch!  Congratulations to CAR administrative assistant Jenna Hildebrandt who thanks to the power of CAR’s magic fertility water is expecting her first baby in January.  Loyal newsletter readers may recall the feature story on Jenna and her husband Scott’s wedding which took place in Jan. 2016.  Jenna plans to enjoy her maternity leave in Jan. and then return back to work.  Do you want to know the sex of this baby???…well then click on the video below to view the gender reveal party.

Jenna is accepting suggestions on the baby’s name, but try to keep suggestions to one syllable only- Hildebrandt is long enough.

Gender Reveal Video


 Posted by on August 23, 2016
Mar 312016

CAR Engineering Featured in the Rochester Business Journal

Hello loyal newsletter readers and welcome to our first newsletter of 2016.  CAR was pleased to be interviewed by the Rochester Business Journal regarding the transition from first generation to second generation.  As most of you know, Charlie sold the business to his daughter Yvette Pagano and Brian Rumsey at the end of last year.  To read please click here.

As featured in the RBJ

As featured in the RBJ

CAR Participates in Monroe Community College High Tech Career Exploration Night

CAR once again had a booth at the annual Monroe Community College (MCC) High Tech Career Exploration Night.  This amazing event is hosted by the college for high school students and their parents.  The goal of the night is to “learn more about in-demand, high-tech careers in engineering and technology, computers, optics and photonics, and manufacturing. You’ll have the opportunity to explore MCC’s innovative engineering and technology programs, and tour MCC’s labs and facilities. “

The event was attended by over 400 people.  Many companies in the Rochester area (including CAR) set up booths to display their products and educate those stopping by on what types of jobs are available at their companies.  The booth was manned by Todd Guarino, Tool Room Supervisor at CAR and MCC alumni as well as Yvette Pagano, CEO.  It was great to see such a strong interest from the community in middle skill, high tech careers.  We are grateful that a resource such as MCC exists in Rochester to help fill the skilled worker pipeline.

To watch the video from last year- click here (to see Yvette and Todd go to the 1:33 mark)

Yvette and Todd prepare to talk advanced manufacturing

Yvette and Todd prepare to talk advanced manufacturing


So How Is Charlie Doing?

Charlie living it up in Naples!

Charlie living it up in Naples!

Many of you have been asking about Charlie and what he is up to.  Charlie has spent the winter in Naples, Florida with his wife Michelle and dog Sage.  He has been enjoying golf, walks on the beach, and connecting with friends in the area.  The couple is scheduled to be back in Rochester in April and are looking forward to the building of their new condo on the canal in Fairport.  They have enjoyed their time in Florida but are anxious to get back to their 7 grand kids who all reside in Rochester.  They are also excited to become grandparents for the eighth time as their youngest daughter Arlette is expecting her first baby in May.  However, this grand-baby will not be local, Arlette and her husband reside in Truckee, CA.  They have already booked their plane tickets and will be there in May, more fun times and travel await the couple!

File Complete For Certified Woman Owned Small Business

Now that the ownership change is official CAR Engineering has applied to become a certified woman owned small business.  This was quite an extensive process.  Yvette received notice that the file is complete and is now under review.  The official certification is expected no later than June 1st 2016, after which CAR will become a certified woman owned machine shop.  Once it is official customers will receive a written communication directly from CAR.  Stand by.

Congratulations to Mrs. Jenna Hildebrandt

CAR sends its warmest congratulations to administrative assistant Jenna Hildebrandt on her recent marriage!  Jenna wed her boyfriend of 5 years Scott on Jan. 16th, 2016.  Jenna’s maiden name was Schmitt and she has since taken her new husband’s last name.  The wedding was held at St. Joseph’s church in Penfield, NY.  The bride had both her sisters- Valerie and Lori serve as her maids of honor.  Scott’s best man was longtime friend Steve Wooden.  The reception was held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Rochester.  It was a great party with lots of food, drink and dancing.  The couple honeymooned in Aruba and got an unexpected extension to their vacation when a massive snow storm hit the northeast and delayed their return by several days.  The CAR Engineering Crew enjoyed celebrating with the gorgeous bride.  Best wishes for a long and successful marriage Jenna and Scott!

The new Mr. and Mrs. Hildebrandt

The new Mr. and Mrs. Hildebrandt

Cocktail hour with the CAR employees

Cocktail hour with the CAR employees

from left to right...Chuck and Cheryl Hixon, Carrie and Rob Hause, Gia and Brian Rusmey, Yvette Pagano

from left to right…Chuck and Cheryl Hixon, Carrie and Rob Hause, Gia and Brian Rusmey, Yvette Pagano


 Posted by on March 31, 2016
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