Jun 242012
Metal Stamping Part

CAR Engineering and Manufacturing, manufactured these stamped aluminum sleeves for a tier one automotive supplier. The customer was procuring these parts overseas, the previous manufacturing process involved making large buys of sawed aluminum tubing and cutting to length. Advantage CAR: Our engineers inquired if the end user could live with a seam in the part. Since the part is inserted into a radiator to provide additional strength and not visible to the end customer, the seam was fine in terms of fit, form, and function. CAR was able to form these sleeves in our multi slide machine out of aluminum flat coil versus sawed aluminum tubing. CAR’s material choice is much more cost effective than sawed aluminum tubing and we were able to offer a piece price that was roughly half of what they were paying previously. The tier-one automotive supplier also enjoys shorter lead times and smaller minimum order quantities with the CAR part.

Our experienced team designed and manufactured progressive stamping tooling for this insert sleeve project. The 58.0 mm diameter sleeve was manufactured using 5052 aluminum coil. CAR started with one sleeve and the project was so successful that CAR now manufactures 5 different versions of this sleeve ranging from 44MM to 58 MM in diameter. CAR has one progressive die for this family of parts- each of the 5 parts has different interchangeable components which produce the specific sleeve required by the end user. CAR is able to switch from sleeve to sleeve in about 45 minutes allowing for reduced set-up times and further cost savings.

Product Description:

Strength ring (sleeve) for diesel truck radiator

Capabilities Applied/Processes: Design and build progressive stamping tooling including design change which allowed for alternate, less expensive material


Material Thickness .040 thk.
Material Used: 5052- HO Aluminum
Industry for Use: Automotive
Volume: 100,000/Yr
Delivery Time: flexible
Delivery Location:TN
Standards Met: Level 3 PPAP, ISO 2001:2008
Product Name: Sleeve
Design Work: AutoCad
 Posted by on June 24, 2012
Jul 202011

20 Years and Counting…..

CAR sends its warmest congratulations to employee John Nameeopanha who achieved 20 years of service in June. This is quite an accomplishment considering CAR is celebrating its 25th year in business this September. John was recognized at our June employee meeting. John works in our stampings department and is our lead set-up man in the multi-slides. John is a true expert when it comes to these unique machines and can always be counted on.

Loyal newsletter readers may recall reading about John’s involvement building a school in his native country of Laos. Aside from working at CAR, John enjoys spending time with wife Oulay, and volunteering at the local Lao temple.

John being honored at the June Employee Meeting

John celebrating the Lao New Year with Oulay and Sloane Pagano

Yvette Pagano Featured in Ontario County Daily Messenger

The 2010 census results showed that more and more women are business owners or in leadership positions. Ontario County Daily Messenger wanted a reaction to this statistic from local businesswomen. They interviewed Yvette Pagano, President of CAR for her opinion. Yvette was featured in their story along with some other local women leaders. CAR was also pleased to see CNC lathe apprentice Nate Pierce photographed as well. To read the full article click here

Randy Soulia Has Tied the Knot

CAR employee Randy Soulia, who works in our assembly room, was married on May 1st to Kimberly (Bailey) Soulia of Macedon. The wedding took place in Penfield, NY at Channing Philbrick Park. Close family and friends attended the intimate ceremony. The couple then honeymooned in Smokey Mountains of Tennessee for just over a week. Ironically the couple each has a daughter named Lilly, so the new family will have some fun times in store keeping their “Lilies” straight! Best wishes to the happy couple from CAR.

The happy couple Randy and Kim

Going Green Contest/Free Wood

CAR gets quite a few wooden pallets that we are unable to re-use due to breakage or odd sizing. It is illegal to burn this wood on site. It is not illegal to burn this wood for personal use, so if you plan on having a campfire this summer we’ve got you covered. We have tried to give it away numerous times- usually advertising it on Craig’s List. People take it (including employees) here and there but eventually CAR rents an extra dumpster and throws it away. CAR would be happy to donate any or all of this wood. Newsletter readers should contact Cheryl Hixon at to arrange for a pick up.

As motivation- CAR is also having a Going Green Contest for best re-use of this wood. Marc Pagano (Yvette’s husband) used the scrap wood to build raised beds for their garden. Get your thinking caps on especially those of you involved with scouting, church groups, or any type of volunteer/community service. Please send your entries for wood re-use projects to Yvette Pagano at We will be taking submissions until the end of Sept. 2011. The winning entry will receive a $100 gift card to Lento Restaurant. Marc Pagano is NOT eligible to win this contest; this was included as a thought starter only. The winner will be announced in next quarters’ newsletter- good luck.

Garden Beds
Raised beds courtesy of CAR scrapped wood

Scarlet Rogers Retires

On July 13th, Scarlet reported for her last day of work at CAR Engineering. Scarlett is Charlie Rogers’ (CEO/Owner) dog. This friendly employee has most likely greeted those of you who have visited CAR. After 14 years of service Scarlett is retiring to her Mendon home to contemplate nature and catch up on her naps. Scarlet’s sister Sage is being promoted from Junior Dog/Greeter to Senior Dog/Greeter effective immediately.

The company celebrated Scarlet’s retirement with a cookout. Scarlet’s former co-worker, beagle Mary-Todd attended the cookout as well. Mary Todd retired along with her owner, Steve Marra former CFO. Thank you for your years of service Scarlet.

Scarlet and Mary Todd

CAR employees enjoying the cookout

 Posted by on July 20, 2011
Apr 012011

CAR Unveils Redesigned Website

Hello loyal CAR newsletter readers! Since landing on this page, please take the time to peruse our updated website. We have updated the overall look and refreshed the content and format hoping to stay modern and improve functionality for our users. Some of the enhancements include: the ability to fill out an employment application on-line and the ability to archive old newsletters.

We hope to continue to use the medium to communicate with our current customers, as well as attract new customers and great employees.

Yvette Pagano Elected to RTMA Board of Directors

CAR Engineering has benefited from its membership in the Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association formally known as the Rochester Tooling and Machining Association for many years. Charlie Rogers (CEO/owner) is a past president of the RTMA. Yvette was approached by the board serve for a 3-year term and started her duties in Jan. 2011. The RTMA is regarded as one of the most technologically advanced and diverse clusters of contract machining and manufacturing associations in the United States. Yvette is serving on the new membership committee and hopes her involvement in the organization can help keep upstate manufacturing strong and viable.

Straight from Santa’s Sleigh…Welcome Sloane Michelle Pagano

Sloane Michelle Pagano

Yvette Pagano and husband Marc were expecting their 1st child on Dec. 22nd. The due date came and went and no baby. On Christmas Eve, at a holiday get together at her in-laws Yvette’s water broke. She went to Strong Memorial Hospital and at 7:38 am Christmas morning the couple welcomed daughter, Sloane Michelle. Sloane was 6lbs 14 oz. 21 inches long. Shortly after delivery the head of public relations for Strong approached the couple. Come to find out Sloane was the 1st Christmas baby born in Rochester and the media wanted to do a story. Later that day, several news stations arrived as well as a reporter from the D&C newspaper. Sloane enjoyed her “15 minutes of fame” early in life. Click to see news clip

Welcome To The World Gemma Giavanna Rumsey

Gemma Giavanna Rumsey

CAR Vice President Brian Rumsey and wife Gia were also expecting. The couple did not want to know the gender and welcomed daughter, Gemma Giavanna on 01/23/2011. Gemma was born at Unity Hospital. She weighed 7lbs 1 oz and was 21 inches long. This is the couple’s first child.

Baby Boom at CAR Comes To A Close…Final Score:

Girls 4

Boys 0

From left to right: Gemma, Sloane, Hailey, and Olivia

CAR experienced baby boom in the last 6 months with four employees expecting new babies. First born was Hailey Jean to CNC machinist Steve Cheesman. Next, toolmaker Mike Goungo had little girl Olivia Michelle. This was followed by Sloane Michelle and last but certainly not least Gemma Giavanna. With all these cuties CAR could not resist getting the little girls together for a photo. Quite a feat to get 4 babies under the age of one in a picture but we pulled it off. Thanks to photographer, Marc Pagano for all his hard work.

 Posted by on April 1, 2011
Dec 012010

A Message From Yvette Pagano

Happy holidays to all our loyal newsletter readers.  I am pleased to report that 2010 was a much better year for CAR Engineering than 2009.  After a rough 1st quarter, sales started to steadily climb, and with a few weeks left in the year our forecast is for sales to be up 49% versus 2009.  This puts us just slightly off our 2008 and 2007 levels.  We could not have achieved such significant growth without the support of our customers- some of whom we have been working with for over 20 years and some of which we just added in 2010, our vendor partners, and of course our very talented staff.  Thank you one and all for everything you have done to assist CAR.

2011 looks to be another exciting year.  We will be celebrating 25 years in business and anticipate the strong momentum continuing.  On a personal note, I am due with my 1st baby on Dec. 22nd.  I will be taking a 6 week maternity leave but will check email and phone periodically.  I anticipate being back full time around Feb. 15th, 2011.  In my absence our VP, Brian Rumsey, and Owner/CEO Charlie Rogers will be available to fill in.  Thanks again for a great year, wishing you all peace and happiness.

CAR Re-Certifies To ISO 9001:2008:

CAR is pleased to report that for the 5th year in a row, we have passed our ISO 9001:2008 audit and have maintained our certification.  This year a one-day maintenance audit was required, as we passed our full 3-year audit last year.  We did switch auditors from 2009 so working with someone new can be nerve racking.  The auditor chose to do a “deep-dive” into our CNC machining area.  The staff performed well and we were pleased to pass the audit and get our new certificate.  Our new certificate is available via our website, click here to download.

Best 10 Years Of Their Lives:

Being honored at company meeting- Art, Roger, Al and Bruce with Charlie and Yvette

CAR has always been proud of our low attrition rate and this past quarter we had four employees who we recognized for 10 years of service to the company.  The first three, Roger Cornell, Art Schaffer, and Bruce Blakley all started at the end of Aug. 2000.  CAR purchased a company called American Technology, which is where we got our Davenport Screw Machines, some of our lathes, and 3 great employees.  Roger, Art, and Bruce all made the transition and have been successful contributors to the team.

The fourth employee to hit 10 years of service is none other than Al Rogers.  Al started in Sept. 2000 as a full time worker, having had some prior experience working at CAR during summers, etc. while growing up.  Al started out on the floor and through the years worked his way into management and now handles outside sales for the company.  As is our tradition at CAR all four employees were recognized with a fine mantel clock.  Thank you Roger, Art, Bruce, and Al for your dedication to CAR.

Welcome To The World Olivia Michelle Goungo

The baby craze continues at CAR!  Warmest congratulations to CAR employee Michael Goungo and wife Jill on the birth of their new daughter, Olivia Michelle.  Olivia was born on 11/21/10 at Rochester General Hospital.  She weighted 6lbs and 3 oz. and was 19 inches long.  Mom, baby, and 1st time Dad Mike are all doing great.

Still Cookin’ Baby Pagano and Baby Rumsey

At the publishing of this newsletter, President Yvette Pagano was still pregnant, with a due date of 12/22/10.  On the 3rd ultrasound Baby Pagano finally reviled her sex to Yvette and husband Marc- a little girl.  This will be the 1st Grand Daughter for CEO/Owner Charlie Rogers.  As mentioned above, Yvette will be in maternity leave for about 6 weeks.

CAR Vice President, Brian Rumsey, and wife Gia still have a bit to go, as Baby Rumsey isn’t due until 01/29/11.  The couple wants to be surprised by the sex, so be sure to tune into our next newsletter for more exciting baby updates.

 Posted by on December 1, 2010