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Chapin International Inc. / HQ: Batavia, N.Y. / Employees: 200 / Services: Sprayer manufacturer / Lori Anderson, vice president: “We are continually looking at developing new products in the scope of our current business.” Spraying Success no matter the application, chapin international says it has the right sprayer for the job. by luke gillespie Experience plays a vital role in success, but it is equally important to remain up-to-date and not allow competitors to pass you by. Becoming too comfortable can cause companies to miss improvements in technology or new market interests. Chapin International began in 1884, but while the company has more than 125 years of success in manufacturing sprayers for several markets and applications, it does not rest on its achievements. “To stay successful, you have to invest in the company, and through the years we have invested heavily in capital improvements, automation and our R&D group,” Vice President of Operations Lori Anderson says. Chapin patented the first U.S. pump sprayer in 1902, and manufacturers sprayers for the home, yard and garden; turf, agriculture and farm; deck, fence and patio; and concrete and industrial sectors. The company attributes its success to its people. “We have dedicated, hard working individuals,” Anderson says, noting that the average length of tenure at Chapin for the employees is 16 years. “We hire people who are experts in their field and every employee makes a contribution.” However, she points out that it was also the company’s innovative design, research and implementation of new products that has allowed it to maintain success during the economic downturn. “We saw some difficult situations with the economy, but we were able to overcome a lot through innovation, research and new applications,” Anderson says. chapin has a long history of innovation in the sprayer market. 94 SUMMER 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010

Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010
Global Strategies
Continuous Improvement
Smart Pricing
Supply Chain
Business Value
Moving Forward
Westmark Products
Byrne Dairy
Ultrafryer Systems Inc.
Wil-Rich LLC & Wishek MFG LLC
American Precision Fabricators
Aqua Products Inc.
Black Diamond Equipment
Columbian Home Products
Control Devices LLC
Endustra Filter Manufacturers Inc
Heil Trailer International
Assembled Products
Order-Matic Corp.
Professional Building Systems Inc.
Smart Start Inc
Bosal International
Ausco Products Inc.
Brodart Company
Cambrex Corp.
Chapin International Inc.
Cleveland Gear Co.
Consolidated Precision Products
Control Flow Inc.
Douglas Autotech Corp.
Fetzer Architectural Products
The FNA Group
Fourslide Spring and Stamping Inc.
G.A. West & Company
Great Lakes Power Group
Grimm Brothers Plastics
Legends Furniture Inc.
National Tube Supply Co.
Optex Systems Inc.
Sunburst Electronics
V.E. Enterprises Inc
W. Soule & Company
Manufacturing Tomorrow

Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010