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

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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
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