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Detroit Radiator Corporation Timeline

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1936 - 1978

Detroit Radiator Corporation, located in Detroit, Michigan, is founded by Walter Kaminski. Detroit Radiator Corporation manufactures and sells automotive and truck cores. During an era dominated by strong, regional suppliers who sell exclusively to radiator repair shops, complete replacement radiators are rare if in existence at all, and the copper-brass re-core are king. Detroit Radiator Corporation is later taken over by Walter’s son Ronald Kaminski. Detroit Radiator Corporation is sold to Hot and Cool Holdings led by Robert Duquet. Robert Duquet, who now solely owns Hot and Cool Holdings, builds a multi-faceted cooling system enterprise serving Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

1936 - 1978
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1983

John Randall (Randy) Pruitt begins his radiator business career as a 15-year old teenager by working his summers as a “gopher” at Downriver Radiator, located Wyandotte, Michigan.

1983
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1986

John Miller Pruitt, impressed by how much his son had learned about the radiator industry, and more importantly, of his son’s strong business sense driven by passion, purchased Downriver Radiator with 3 employeesHe placed an 18-year old Randy Pruitt as President & CEO.

1986
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1987

Downriver Radiator opens a second shop with 2 employees, located in Taylor, Michigan, in just two short years

1987
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1991

Randy Pruitt forms Randall Industries, Inc., located in Riverview, Michigan, which manufactures cores and complete all-metal radiators for the local heavy duty truck market.

1991

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1991

With much success in the local market, Randall Industries, Inc. begins marketing its products on a national level. Randall Industries, Inc. continues to build on early successes by continuously adding products and services to different industry segments.

1991

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1999

Detroit Radiator Corporation creates POWERMAX®, its branded charge cooler solution with an all-metal bar and plate design, and a core that is directly welded to the tanks, eliminating the need for a header plate – thus eliminating header plate failures.

1999
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2001

Randall Industries, Inc. purchases Detroit Radiator Corporation from Hot and Cool Holdings. Detroit Radiator Corporation (consisting of only a name and manufacturing equipment). Thus, Randall Industries, Inc. / Detroit Radiator Corporation® is formed.

2001
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2006

Detroit Radiator Corporation creates an Alabama presence with the opening of a sales office in Decatur, Alabama.

2006
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2007

Due to growth, Detroit Radiator Corporation requires more space and moves its Alabama sales office to a larger building in Decatur, Alabama.

2007
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2010

Detroit Radiator Corporation moves its corporate office and warehouse facility to Romulus, Michigan, in two shorts months following the devastating fire.

2010
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2010

With so much to be thankful for, Detroit Radiator Corporation recognizes its outstanding employees for their hard work and dedication with an Employee & Family Appreciation Event, complete with entertainment, food, fun prizes, and cool giveaways … all on the grounds of its new corporate office and manufacturing facility in Romulus, Michigan!

2010
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2011

Randy Pruitt, President & CEO, Detroit Radiator Corporation, is named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

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2011
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2011

Randy Pruitt, President & CEO, Detroit Radiator Corporation, is named Crain’s Detroit Business Salute to Entrepreneurs.

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2011
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2011

Detroit Radiator Corporation purchases an 18-wheeler truck & trailer, mobile marketing unit, and DR·COOL™ is born.

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2011

DR·COOL™ begins traveling the country to partake in 15 exciting industry tradeshows and events each year; including The Great American Trucking Show and the Mid-American Trucking Show. The trailer inside contents serve as a Detroit Radiator Corporation exhibit to showcase its aftermarket cooling product solutions, awards, sponsorship memorabilia, and company history along with cool giveaways and fun contests with prizes to the HD transportation, commercial, industrial, and agricultural industries. DR·COOL™ Event Schedule

2011
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2011

An extremely grateful Detroit Radiator Corporation marks its 75th Anniversary by hosting an American Trucker Appreciation Day at its corporate office and manufacturing facility in Romulus, Michigan. Detroit Radiator Corporation delivers s a warm” thank you” to its customers, vendors, and team, with a fun open house party, complete with DR·COOL™, entertainment, food, prizes, and giveaways!

2011
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2011

Detroit Radiator Corporation expands in Alabama; moves its sales office and creates a warehouse at a new larger Decatur, Alabama location. This office also becomes home to DR·COOL™ (when not traveling).

2011
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2012

Detroit Radiator Corporation goes live on Social Media to better serve the needs of its customers.

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2012
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2013

DR·COOL™ takes 3rd Place in the Wash and Show-Pride and Polish-The Great West Truck Show.

2013
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2013

DR·COOL™ takes 1st Place in the Wash and Show-75 Chrome Shop Show.

2013
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2014

DR·COOL™ takes 4th Place in the Classic Division-Shell Rotella Super Rigs

2014
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2014

DR·COOL™ takes 2nd Place in the Wash and Show-75 Chrome Shop Show.

2014
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2014

DR·COOL™ takes 2nd Place at the Top Gun Large Car Shoot Out.

2014
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2014 - Today

Detroit Radiator Corporation is a national and premier manufacturer and distributor of aftermarket cooling product solutions serving the heavy duty  transportation, commercial, industrial, and agricultural industries. As the most recognized and trusted brand in its market, Detroit Radiator Corporation has 75 employees and offers the widest variety of aftermarket HD radiators, charge air coolers and A/C condensers, provides manufacturing excellence, utilizes top safety standards, and delivers almost every product that it sells within 24 hours.

2014 - Today
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