Alvin Tassano Sr. and his son, Al “Junior” Tassano, purchased a fledgling Radiator business from its founders in 1955, only eight years after it opened. Al’s wife, Lillian, and Junior’s wife, Joan, kept the books for the business. Over the course of the next several years, they honed their bench skills, developed their own shop equipment, and trained several technicians in the fine art of radiator repairing and recoring, the business grew and prospered.
In the early 1980’s, a third generation joined the staff. Daughter Terry and son Al III learned the business from the bottom up, having watched radiator repairs since they were young children. In 1982, the family decided to incorporate and came up with the name “Teralt, Inc.”, which is a blend of Terry’s first name, the Al’s first name, and the last letter “t” for Tassano. Today, Western Radiator is largely in the capable hands of Terry and Al III.
In 1994, the Tassano Family added a second location to the business: Western Radiator of Lodi. Western Radiator veteran, Randy Stapleton, manages the Lodi shop. More changes were to come as Terry and Al recognized the need for a business in the area that could manufacture automotive tubes and hoses quickly and affordably. So, in 1997, they opened Western Tubes n’ hoses, which is housed in the original Stockton shop location, and again, the business grew and prospered.
The Tassano Family business philosophy is: honesty, reliability, dependability, and integrity. Keeping promises, doing it right, and giving service that you would like to receive is of utmost importance to Western Radiator. This business philosophy has kept hundreds of satisfied customers coming back again and again over the last 61 years.
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