Marking 60 Years of Chapco’s Contribution to Connecticut’s Critical Manufacturing Base

For over 60 years Chapco has been recognized as the preferred sheet metal fabrication partner for the best manufacturing organizations in New England.
CHESTER, CT, October 11, 2023 - Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Connecticut's 33rd district State Senator Norman Needleman (D-CT 33), and Connecticut's Chief Manufacturing Officer, Paul S. Lavoie, gathered to celebrate a significant milestone as Chapco, a prominent CT manufacturer, commemorated 60 years of precision manufacturing in Middlesex County.

CHESTER, CT, October 11, 2023 – Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Connecticut’s 33rd district State Senator Norman Needleman (D-CT 33), and Connecticut’s Chief Manufacturing Officer, Paul S. Lavoie, gathered to celebrate a significant milestone marking 60 years of Chapco’s contribution to Connecticut’s critical manufacturing base.

Senator Norm Needleman (D-CT33) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) stand with members of the Weinstein family and representatives from Middlesex Chamber of Commerce under an american flag - celebrating 60 years contributing to Connecticut's critical manufacturing base.
Senator Norm Needleman (D-CT33) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) celebrate 60 years of proud American manufacturing with members of the Weinstein family.

Chapco, established in the mid-1960s by Charlie Hurd and Al Pross, underwent a remarkable transformation under the leadership of Robert (Bob) Weinstein and his son, Brian Weinstein, who currently serves as President. The company began in a small machine shop on Denlar Drive in Chester and has since grown to encompass 70,000 sq ft of advanced manufacturing facilities across two campuses in Chester.

Following a festive luncheon attended by customers, suppliers, local representatives, and the dedicated Chapco workforce, Senator Blumenthal highlighted the indispensable role played by manufacturers like Chapco in Connecticut’s economy and the nation’s critical defense infrastructure.

Blumenthal emphasized, “Other states may boast natural resources like uranium and gold mines or iconic landmarks such as the Grand Canyon, but in Connecticut, our true strength lies in our ‘really smart’ people. That’s our ‘secret sauce’. Submarines are the backbone of our defense capabilities, and manufacturers like Chapco are instrumental in ensuring their supremacy.”

Chapco proudly aligns with Connecticut’s thriving manufacturing ecosystem. “Our unwavering motto is ‘building partnerships, not just parts,'” expressed Weinstein. With a team of seasoned engineers, production technicians, and assembly personnel, Chapco provides comprehensive end-to-end services, encompassing testing, manufacturing, assembly, packaging, and fulfillment.

Paul S. Lavoie, Connecticut’s Chief Manufacturing Officer also toured both campuses and witnessed a myriad of products crafted by Chapco, all originating from sheet metal blanks. These products included Integrated UVC’s innovative no-touch air and surface disinfection system, Icleanse’s cell phone UV disinfection devise, Fastcorp Vending’s cutting-edge automated retail solutions for regulated products, Denlar Fire Protection’s integrated fire suppression range hood systems, and the TRUEFORM.RUNNER – treadmill of choice for NFL superstars and NASCAR Race Teams.

Lavoie, who leads the Office of Manufacturing, is dedicated to empowering manufacturers to leverage market opportunities and cement Connecticut’s status as the Silicon Valley of advanced manufacturing. “My mission is to showcase Connecticut,” Lavoie affirmed, “and companies like Chapco make that task much simpler.”

President of Chapco and its collaborative companies, Brian Weinstein emphasized their commitment to excellence, stating, “We’ve always believed in investing in the best technologies and operating 24/7.  Our recent $1.6 million investment in a Trumpf Trumatic 6000 fiber laser punch combo underscores our dedication to meeting tight deadlines and ensuring the resilience of U.S. supply chains.”

Chapco’s six decades of unwavering dedication to precision manufacturing epitomize its commitment to advancing the Connecticut manufacturing landscape. As we celebrate their remarkable journey, we look forward to their continued contributions to our vibrant community and the nation.

Congratulations, Chapco, on this significant milestone!

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