It’s not new news, but it is important. As outlined in the California Air Resources Board Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM), portable tier 0 diesel engines rated at 50 bhp or greater were to be completely removed from service as of January 1st 2017. We’ve all known this was coming as it’s already been over 7 years (time flies) since the same category of engine was relegated to only low-use, emergency application.
Just like you, we have been watching the unfolding emergencies caused by Irma and Harvey and the wildfires in Oregon and Montana. Luckily, we are in a position to help so are providing generators as requested to support impacted areas. Rest assured that our relief commitments have not inhibited our ability to supply generators to our Northern California customers.
To handle an overall increase in service requests our staff members are working overtime. We will get to each request, but our turnaround time may be a little longer than usual. If your need is urgent, please indicate so and feel free to follow up with us so we are alerted to your inquiry.
Due to supply interruptions caused by these events, we are experiencing a slowdown in parts delivery. Please be aware that equipment delivery for newly-purchased generators may also be delayed due to manufacturing issues and equipment being diverted to other parts of the country.
Jill Collaro and Don Uischner
Owners, CD & Power
Many companies are unprepared for business disruptions caused by power blackouts and are often unaware of the potential costs and impact on their operations.
While the majority of power failures from national grids last only a few hours, some blackouts can last days or even weeks, completely shutting down production at companies and critical infrastructures such as telecommunication networks, financial services, water supplies and hospitals.
Leading backup generator sales and service company fills sales management position with veteran executive.
Martinez, CA – July 25, 2017 Brian Benson recently signed up with CD & Power, Inc. as their new Sales Manager. In his role, Benson will lead the growing Northern California sales team. To a squad already steeped in talent and expertise, Benson brings another level of depth. He has already meshed with his CD & Power teammates and become a resource to customers and other team members. Perhaps not a triple-double, but not bad for a couple weeks on the job!
Putting employees first earns CD & Power a spot on Bay Area News Group small business Top Workplaces list for 3rd year in a row.
Martinez, CA – June 27, 2017 – Headquartered in the competitive labor market of the San Francisco Bay Area, CD & Power seems to have cracked the code for attracting and retaining great employees. As the banner on the building currently exclaims, the company is truly the home of “Northern California’s Dream Team.” President Jill Collaro points out “Our devoted staff is the reason we are successful and have become the Largest Independent Generator Service Company in Northern California.”
Assembling and retaining their highly-talented service team has required tangible steps, like consistently spending on training and sharing company profits. “The owners invest right back into the company and the people at every opportunity. When profits are good, it comes right back to us in the form of a bonus or an extra contribution to the 401(k) program,” explains Heather Caraway, an 11-year veteran of the company.
Summertime brings visions of fishing, swimming, golf, picnics and getting away with families and friends. But summer can also bring down upon us the nightmare of power outages, brownouts and other disasters that result from a power grid under severe strain. Your business or facility must have a functioning disaster recovery and contingency power plan in place before disaster strikes.
Key people take vacations. Disasters don’t.
If yours is a well thought out emergency response plan, it puts the right people in charge of its execution. But, those people take vacations. Disasters don’t. And your contingency plan does not get to take a week or two away, either. [Read more…]
In the aftermath of the recent tragedy in Oakland, we’re anticipating, as are many others, that municipalities will step up their facilities inspection efforts. Of course, we support improved safety and adherence to environmental standards. We also want you, our valued customers to know we are here to help you be prepared.
Many facilities’ managers find it difficult to keep track of so many regulatory requirements. When it comes to your back up power generators, you have help and resources available to you. This is just one of the areas where your team at CD & Power has expertise. We can help you be prepared for emergency power outages, as well as any upcoming generator inspections.
Here are the critical regulatory items your backup power management plan must address: [Read more…]
When we talk with our customers about our new remote generator monitoring solution, RemoteGP™, they have a hard time believing how much time and money they stand to save. I suppose that is what happens when a new way of doing things comes along. As air travel became convenient, demand for train tickets dropped. After home refrigerators became affordable, the need for ice delivery dropped dramatically.
And now that you can monitor your generators from anywhere, the cost of running around to check on them, and the risk of not knowing what problems they may have, are relics of the past. Let’s take a quick look at just six of the ways that implementing RemoteGP will save time and money:
1) Free 1st Year Monitoring. For orders placed before December 31st 2016, your first 12 months of monitoring will be free of charge! That’s $300 in first year savings per generator. Contact us for details.
2) Instant Air Quality Reports. RemoteGP’s online portal ensures that you are prepared to print necessary reports with the click of a mouse when Air Quality Management District inspectors show up by surprise. When installed on all generators, AQMD reports can be printed for all managed generators from a central location. [Read more…]
When You Put the Name Mercy on the Front of Your Building It’s Nice to Know CD & Power and Gillette Generators Have Your Back.
Often in our experience customers become friends and our transactions with them become stories. This is a recent story with a happy ending for all the parties involved.
Since 1872 the Mercy Retirement and Care Center of Oakland California has offered a comprehensive array of services enriching the lives of seniors in the Alameda County community. Over a year ago, the care center and their HVAC contractor, Matrix HG, determined that their generator could no longer provide the necessary power to back up service to their facilities.
As the planning progressed, the Mercy team recognized that they needed a higher level of attention than what they were getting from the generator sales and service company they engaged initially. Joe Cabral, of Matrix HG, knew exactly who could step in to help. [Read more…]
Martinez-based CD & Power was recently ranked among the Bay Area’s top Women-Owned Businesses by the San Francisco Business Times. Out of the 192,300 estimated women-owned businesses in the greater San Francisco metro area, the publication chose to highlight the top 100 by revenue. CD & Power is pleased to announce that they made the list.
Martinez, CA—Thirty years ago Chuck Uischner started California Diesel out of a single bay in Arnold Industrial Park. Today, his daughter, Jill Collaro, is the President and his son, Don Uischner, is Vice President. The company has since grown to become “CD & Power” – employing 44 people, operating 35 trucks, and occupying a 20,000 sq ft space in Martinez. Moreover, it is Northern California’s largest independent generator service company, maintaining the top brands in the diesel power industry for customers including major telecommunications companies, municipalities, retail chains, hospitals and truck fleet operators down to individuals with recreational vehicles.
Collaro and Uischner believe that the company’s three decades of success can be largely attributed to the dedication of the employees and a corporate culture that is focused on collaboration. “We continue to have regular company-wide meetings, something my father started,” says Collaro, “where we encourage all of our employees to contribute their ideas and express areas where they believe we can improve.”