Jul 242018

Hello loyal newsletter readers and thank you for reading our Q3 2018 edition.

CAR Expands Capacity in CNC Machining

We have 2 new pieces of CNC equipment that have been delivered since our last publication. The first is a “twin” of our Mazak Nexus 530C2KY. This machine is the next generation, has bigger windows and an updated design but is otherwise the same as the Mazak we took delivery of in 2015. Both machines feature a pallet changer which greatly improves throughput and allows for more unattended machine time. We have the two Mazaks facing each other and are working to develop a high preforming Mazak “cell” in the milling area.

Mill machinist Chad Swart programming the new Mazak

CAR has also invested in a new Okuma LB3000 Space Turn Lathe. This machine just hit the floor and is ready for some lathe work. This lathe allows us to machine bigger, longer parts and has a bigger capacity bar feeder. A bigger bar feeder allows us to run bigger parts unattended which increases unattended machine time and throughput. The y-axis allows for additional milling.  Some parts that were routed through both our mill and lathe departments can now be run complete in the new Okuma. This machine has touch screen controls which makes for a more user friendly experience for the machinist. Please continue to send all your CNC machining quotes to your friends at CAR, we can’t wait to fill up these machines with new business!

Lathe crew excited for their new machine to be set up and running

American Apprenticeship Initiative of WNY

CAR Engineering has supported the NYS apprenticeship program since our inception in the 1980’s. Those employees selected for the program complete 8,000 hours of on the job training (roughly 4 years), and also take 32 credit hours of machining classes. There is a representative from NYS who comes in every 6 months to review their progress. Upon successful completion of the program the apprentice becomes a journeyman and is given their journeyman papers.  Completing this process can make for an excellent career as a skilled machinist. In the past CAR has paid for the apprentices’ education and our retention rate for keeping the apprentices on staff after gradation has been quite good.

As big apprenticeship supporters CAR was thrilled to learn about a new program called The American Apprenticeship Initiative of Western NY. This program offers apprenticeship funds to employees at qualified companies and is made possible through a grant from the United Way of Buffalo.  CAR now has 4 students officially enrolled in the program;  Jeffery Wong for Tool and Die Making, Jeffery Brewer for CNC machining (lathe), Nathaniel Clark CNC machining (lathe) and Adam Dalton CNC machining (mill). These students are in the same NYS apprenticeship program we have been enrolling our students in for years. However with the support of the new grant each student enrolled receives $3,500 for education plus $750 for tools, books or related materials. What a wonderful program to help train and retain young machinists. Other companies in Western NY seeking to learn more click here.

Investing in the future- CAR apprentices

It’s a BOY- Welcome Henry Hause

CAR is thrilled to announce the arrival of Henry Louis Hause, born to CAR Scheduler Carrie Hause and her husband Rob. Carrie was near her due date and when her doctor suggested trying to induce on 5/31/18 Carrie agreed. She was hoping to avoid a C-section and much to her delight at 6:47 pm Henry was born at Thompson Hospital via normal delivery (VBAC). He weighted 6lbs 15oz and was 21 inches long. Big brother Ivan Hause (4 years old) has been a huge help to his parents with the new baby! Carrie will be back at CAR in the beginning of Aug. Congratulations to this great family on their new edition.

Henry Louis Hause- relaxing in his baby carrier

Carrie and her “boys”- husband Rob and sons Ivan and Henry

 Posted by on July 24, 2018
Mar 262018

IATF 16949: 2016 and ISO 9001: 2015 Certified

CAR Engineering and Manufacturing is thrilled to announce that we have officially achieved IATF 16949: 2016 certification as well as certifying to ISO 9001:2015.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with IATF 16949: 2016, it is the new standard in automotive certification and replaces TS 16949: 2009.  This new certification standard was set by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and is much more rigorous than the TS 16949: 2009 standard it replaced.  The IATF 16949 standard requires more metrics, more risk-based thinking, and much more emphasis on customer specific requirements with an extra special emphasis on safety.  All great things for our business to have a renewed focus on.  As we learned during the audit, the IATF 16949 standard’s goals are to push this quality management system all the way down the supply chain.  Automotive customers and potential clients preserve your own supply chain for your own upcoming IATF 16949: 2016 audit by having all your stamping and machining business sourced with an IATF 16949 supplier like your friends at CAR.

The audit was a duel IATF 16949 and ISO 9001:2015 audit so CAR was also pleased to certify to this new standard which replaced ISO 9001:2008.  This standard applies to our entire business so if you are not in the automotive industry don’t feel left out.  We are very proud of the systems we have put in place to meet these standards and we feel that it will reap many benefits for both our business as well as our customers.  If you need copies of these new certifications they can be downloaded here

Welcome Robert Cook:  Quality Engineer

Rob Cook QC Engineer

Please welcome our newest member of the management team- QC Engineer Robert Cook.  Rob has been a friend of the company for over 15 years and we were thrilled when we were finally able to bring him on board.  Rob has known some of CAR’s key employees such as Tool Room Supervisor Todd Guarino and Tool and Die Makers Rick Pecora and Mike Goungo for years since all four gentlemen worked as die makers at Hilton Tool and Die.    After Hilton closed Rob moved on to Trident Manufacturing where he served two years there as a Die Maker.

In 2005 Rob struck out on his own and started Cook Tool and Die.  A successful small business where as the owner/operator he mastered all tasks.  During this period CAR was a small customer of Rob’s reaching out when we had excess work in our tool room. We were always impressed with the quality of parts we got back from Cook Tool and Die.  Apparently, CAR wasn’t the only one impressed with Rob because in 2015 his customer, Higgins Supply Company Inc. purchased Cook Tool and Die and Rob to signed on as their general manager.  It was a great position but Higgins location in Cortland, NY proved to be a long commute for the Rochester native so when the QC Engineer position because available, the timing was right.  Rob’s full understanding of both CNC machining as well Tool and Die building and stampings experience make him an ideal candidate for this position.  To read Rob’s complete bio click here.  Welcome Rob!

WBENC and ITAR- Re-Certification

CAR also successfully re-certified as a WBENC company- certified woman owned business with the national certifying body Women’s President’s Organization.  This means that any dollar spent at CAR counts towards a qualifying purchase with a diverse company.  For an updated certification, please click here.  Additionally, CAR re-registered with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and is again ITAR registered. ITAR registration means we have permission to work on projects related to defense or national security.  For companies requiring our ITAR registration letter contact either Yvette Pagano or Carrie Hause.

Employee Milestones

Since the publication of our last newsletter we had a slew of employee recognition.  CAR pays tribute to employees every time they reach a decade of service.  At ten years you receive a lovely mantel clock, at twenty years- cold hard cash, and at thirty years a custom gift.

Kent Mangiamele

Kent receives his clock

Kent was recognized at the Sept. 2017 employee meeting for 10 years of service.  Kent works in our tool room as a Tool and Die Maker.  CAR is something of a second career for Kent who took an early retirement from Rochester Products after working in their tool room for 30 years.  An extremely talented Die Maker, Kent is frequently the “go to” guy in the tool room.  Due to his ability to teach and mentor as well as his vast knowledge Kent has also trained many of CAR’s apprentices.





Jerame Weirich

Yvette pays tribute to sleeveless shirt fan Jerame

At the same meeting another fantastic employee- Jerame W. was also recognized for 10 years with the company.  Jerame started in our CNC area on night shift.  He quickly picked up the trade and was recognized for his mechanical aptitude.  We had an opening on day shift in our stampings department and management felt Jerame would be an ideal candidate to learn the stampings side of the business.  As predicted he excelled in that area and is now one of our best set-up people in our multi-slide area.





Carrie Hause

Carrie Hause 10 years and counting!

At our February employee meeting Carrie Hause was recognized for her 10 years of service to the company.  Many loyal newsletter readers know Carrie (or feel like they know her) since as our scheduler she is the day to day contact for many customers and vendors.  Carrie started as an administrative assistant but quickly progressed into her current role.  CAR has over 70 unique customers, thousands of parts, and ships to over 20 countries.  No doubt she is both busy and extremely organized, congrats Carrie.




Peter Specksgoor

Best 30 years of his life! Congrats Pete Specksgoor

CAR was extremely proud to recognize our third ever employee (we were founded in 1986) to hit 30 years of service- master CNC mill machinist Peter Specksgoor.  Many loyal newsletter readers are familiar with our founder, Charlie Rogers.  According to Charlie, Peter Specksgoor is the most talented machinist he has ever known and we at CAR second that!  Our most complex and difficult to machine CNC parts are often initially routed through Pete.  In 30 years’ time Pete has kept up with the trade going from working on a manual mill at our old facility on Monroe Ave in Pittsford to now programming CNC parts using MasterCam and running our multi-axis CNC mills.  Pete and his wife Debbie have two adult sons- Andrew and David.  Both boys logged a few summers during their high school years helping out at CAR, so it has been a family affair.

For those that know Pete his passion is boating.  That made his custom gift easy.  A very generous gas card to be used at the harbor where is stores his boat along with a gift card to West Marine for a new radar system for his boat. See you on the water this summer Pete!

Steve Cheesman

From apprentice to mill programmer- Steve Cheesman

Last but certainly not least CNC mill machinist Steve Cheesman has achieved 10 years of service with CAR in March 2018.  A really great hire- Steve applied to the company with little machining experience but was willing to learn the trade from the ground up.  CAR recognized his passion and skills and quickly sponsored him for the NYS apprenticeship program in machining.  Steve completed his apprenticeship in 2012 and is now a journeyman machinist.  His mentor was none other than Pete Specksgoor, featured above.  Now a top level machinist and programmer Steve is critical to the success in the mills.  He has also become very proficient with our newest mills the 2 Mazak 530C.  Thank you for your service Steve.




Baby Watch- Carrie Hause

Bumping along…CAR’s magic fertility water strikes again

The only employee to get a double mention in the newsletter, Carrie “Care Bear” Hause and husband Rob are expecting baby number 2 this June.  Baby Hause will be joined by big brother Ivan and depending on how things go the two could even share a birthday.  Carrie’s official due date is May 31st and Ivan turns four on June 8th.  The couple wants to be surprised by the baby’s gender so please continue to read the newsletter for the upcoming baby announcement.  Carrie will be taking maternity leave but will return to her position so fans of Carrie do not despair; our strong office team is prepared to cover in her absence.  Fingers crossed for safe and speedy delivery Carrie.


 Posted by on March 26, 2018
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