Cardone Industries was co-founded by Michael Cardone, Sr. and son, Michael Cardone, Jr., in a small row house in North Philadelphia. The year was 1970, and their niche was remanufacturing a single product line, windshield wiper motors. Over the years, the company has grown and now offers over 70 product lines and 46,000 SKUs of automotive hard parts.
"Our aggressive growth plan has taken us a long way from that row house in North Philadelphia," said Michael Cardone, Jr. "But our culture still reflects that small business, familial mentality that was imprinted on the company at its inception. Our people – our “factory family”– are revered as Cardone's most valuable asset."
Since its beginning over 44 years ago, Cardone has grown from six employees into the largest privately-held automotive parts remanufacturer in the world. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cardone now employs over 5,000 employees with additional facilities in California, Texas, Mexico and Canada.
Now in its third generation, Cardone is positioned to take on the future. Raised in the traditions of his father and grandfather, Michael Cardone III serves as President. "I have learned the company from the inside out," said Cardone, III. "We've built a wonderful family and a wonderful corporation. I grew up here, and I intend to carry the Cardone tradition into the ever-evolving future."
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Since day one, remanufacturing, the renewal of worn parts back to new or better performance, has been the core of Cardone business — and A1 Cardone products are the highest quality remanufactured parts in the automotive aftermarket.
That’s because Cardone doesn’t just replace broken components — they completely disassemble every worn part, also known as a “core”, and thoroughly clean and inspect every component. Through reverse engineering, company's engineers pinpoint original equipment design weaknesses through examining common wear areas. They incorporate fixes into Cardone renewal process as needed to produce reliable products you can count on.
The same reverse-engineering experience they’ve gained from over 44 years of remanufacturing is the foundation of Cardone Select Engineered (CSE) Technology.
Since company has seen where and why original parts typically fail, their engineers incorporate improvements into their Cardone Select new product designs. That’s why they can say Cardone Select products are “built better from the start.”
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Remanufacturing is one of the simplest ways to achieve environmental sustainability. It saves over 80% of the energy and raw material required to manufacture a new part and keeps used parts, otherwise known as "cores", out of landfills. Remanufacturing can often improve the original design by using reengineering techniques to determine why a part failed prematurely. That ability to diagnose flaws, renew original cores and improve their performance is what differentiates remanufacturing from recycling, where used products are broken down to their raw form.
Cardone has been operating in an environmentally conscious manner since they first opened their doors in 1970. In fact, protection and conservation of the common environment is a fundamental component of company corporate policy. Over 44 years later, Cardone business has grown but their ecological footprint has remained small. This didn’t happen by accident. Cardone views their impact on the environment through the lens of social responsibility, not just profitability. As stewards of the earth, they have developed their remanufacturing processes following the principles of sustainability – reuse, recycle, and refurbish.
In an effort to remain true to Cardone corporate policy and environmental sustainability, they constantly evaluate their business operations to find opportunities to further improve procedures. Over the past two years, one area of focus has been stormwater runoff at Cardone corporate headquarters and main distribution facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
While significant in its own right, this project is just a part of Cardone’s broader and ongoing commitment to clean water issues. In fact, Cardone was recently named the recipient of the Philadelphia Water Department’s 2013 Bronze Award in recognition of the company’s achievement of 100 percent compliance with its wastewater permits and pretreatment efforts that allowed the company to prevent even a single violation in all of 2012.
While Cardone is proud of this accomplishment, this achievement merely reflects the results of a strong corporate commitment to environmental sustainability and green principles. It is, put simply, just the way Cardone does business.
What is ISO 9001?
ISO is an international quality standard given by the International Standards Organization. ISO is a stamp of quality and excellence. Customers of ISO certified companies know they can trust the quality of their products and the excellence of the business.
What does ISO certification mean to you, as a Cardone customer?
It means every part that leaves the Cardone ISO compliant factory has been remanufactured with the highest quality processes. It means you have a product that is not only dependable, but that will last as long or longer than the original unit.
What is ISO 14001?
ISO 14001 is an environmental management system. This certification states Cardone’s commitment to environmental soundness. It consists of a series of guidelines Cardone will follow, in an effort to operate above and beyond normal government requirements. Cardone has remained ISO 14001 certified since January 2001.
What does ISO 14001 mean to you, as a Cardone customer?
Cardone ISO 14001 certification means they produce their units with strict environmental policies in mind. Every time you purchase or sell Cardone remanufactured parts, you help protect the environment.
What is ISO/TS16949?
Based on ISO9001:2008, TS16949 is a global automotive quality system. It ensures that the automotive components you receive from Cardone are manufactured under the quality system requirements established by the global automotive industry. TS16949 is an internationally accepted standard that reduces registration and system maintenance by eliminating multiple registrations to multiple automotive quality systems, which gives it a distinct advantage in the global automotive market.
Cardone Industries became the first remanufacturer in the United States to achieve this most stringent certification. Cardone has been certified to ISO/TS16949 since February 2003.
What does TS16949 mean to you, as a Cardone customer?
It means you will receive top-quality parts on time, every time. Customers of TS16949 certified companies know they can trust the quality of their products and the excellence of the business. TS16949 standard raises the bar and ensures that all parts have improved product and process quality, global procurement confidence and increased efficiency.