Long-time Co-Line cylinder head customer Howard Anderson, of Applegate, CA, made headlines at the 44th annual Baxter Auto Parts Season Opener in Oregon on Sunday, May 21. Anderson drove his 1938 Chevy to record the quickest and fastest Blown Alcohol Coupe (Gasser) run ever with a 6.316 ET at 221.07 mph. The 6.316 was a backup run from his previous run of 6.346 ET at 216.97 mph. Anderson defeated Mike Molea to take the win in the first ever Blown Alcohol Coupe class.
Co-Line groundskeepers were on storm clean-up duty on May 18 after strong straight-line winds caused some havoc on the Co-Line campus the day before. Several trees were damaged, and the window on the south end of the north building was shattered. The broken glass took a toll on the old flag that hung in the window, so Co-Line veterans folded and burned the flag to respectfully retire it on May 18.
Three new pieces of equipment arrived at Co-Line in the last month, demonstrating the company’s commitment to having the capabilities needed to best serve our customers.
A brand new Marvel saw is up and operational with the latest technology in sawing, increasing Co-Line’s saw capacity.
A used 5×10 Mazak Optiplex went into service in mid-April, completing Co-Line’s line of three. Sheet automation for these three lasers will be next.
Another used Mazak Mark-III laser was also delivered last month and is currently being installed.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! For the last several weeks, Co-Line has been saving steel scrap for Poweshiek County 4-H clubs for their “Bucket of Junk Contest.” Employee Dan Tool, shown in the photo below, has been instrumental in gathering the same scrap for each bucket and helping kids turn Co-Line’s scrap into creative masterpieces.
“I love seeing what they create!” said Tool.
Co-Line has also helped 4-H clubs in Jasper and Marion counties. Look for these masterpieces on display at this year’s local county fairs!
A Co-Line customer and his wife can now ride their new Harley-Davidson in style and comfort, thanks to some work done at Co-Line. The bike’s passenger backrest (sissy bar) was too low for the wife to sit comfortably, so Co-Line was contacted to take the original sissy bar and add three inches of height. Since this was a brand new bike, it was important to the customer that the bike retain its original look. He didn’t want anyone to be able to tell the original part had been tampered with. The projects group at Co-Line got to work, TIG welding a couple new pieces in and smoothing everything out so it looked original. The paint department finished it off with flat black paint, and the Harley is ready to hit the road this spring!
In a little over a week, Co-Line will celebrate another full year in business – 38 years to be exact. When Rail Brand opened up his little one-man repair shop on Apr. 9, 1979, he had no way of knowing that 38 years later, his company would employ 146 people and have over 300,000 square feet of space (nearly 7 acres!) under roof.
The future looks just as promising for Co-Line, as the 38th year of business is wrapping up with a bang. March will go down as the best month numbers-wise in Co-Line’s nearly 38-year history, and the first quarter boasted the best on-time delivery, quality, and productivity measurements Co-Line has ever had. A celebration of Co-Line’s 38th anniversary as well as the record-breaking March and Quarter One will be sometime in April. Stay tuned for details, and keep up the pursuit of excellence, Co-Liners!
The south building addition continues to be a work in progress. At the time of printing, all new lighting was being installed in both the old and new parts of the building. The lights use the latest technology, and “the results are spectacular,” said Rail Brand.
The storm shelters are very close to being ready for use as protective places from bad weather. The concrete tops are in the process of being poured.
Also in March, concrete crews poured additional flooring in the paint line area, and electrical work continued, nearing the finishing stages.
Team Co-Line didn’t fare quite as well this year, but team members still had a great time at Dairyland Donkey Basketball in the L-S gym on Friday, Feb. 24. Co-Line won the event two years ago. This time around, Team Co-Line fell to the L-S Alumni, 5-2. The game was tied the whole second half until the last three seconds, when the alumni made a three-point basket for the win.