Insourcing Is What We Do

The political, business, and labor communities all talk about the perils of shipping jobs overseas. This happens when businesses use labor or services from outside the country to lower expenses. Outsourcing may save on some costs, but this means losing the high quality that comes with American products and services.

The manufacturing industry is no different. At Chase, we believe our machines are of a higher quality, and the international market agrees. That’s why companies in China, India, and New Zealand have all reached out to us for business.

Our experience with “insourcing” began in part with a Chinese company that had been buying their machines from a manufacturer in Germany. But like many in this industry, they couldn’t get quality service and support for their machines. Once they realized they could rely on Chase not only for quality machines, but also quality service and support, Chase became their machine manufacturer of choice.

Chase has also had an exceptional relationship with businesses in New Zealand who, through international trade show appearances, discovered Chase and were intrigued by our variety of custom equipment designs utilizing ultrasonic technology.  . After coming to Rhode Island to test out some prototypes in our material applications lab, they remarked continually that Chase offered,  “so much more than [they] expected to get.” After trying with numerous manufacturers all over the world, they told us that they would never buy from anybody but Chase because they trusted the quality of our work.

These arrangements are not only good for our business, but good for international business relationships, and for our reputation abroad as a nation with a high quality manufacturing industry. We hope to see other Rhode Island companies replicate this success in other industries as well.


Why We Love Rhode Island

Exciting things are happening here; it’s time to get positive about the Ocean State

It seems that every story about Rhode Island these days talks about the Ocean State’s decline, the struggling economy, or corruption at every corner.  And we won’t deny that times are tough. But all that means is that better days are ahead, and we’ve been noticing quite a few things to be positive about lately. We at Chase Machine know there’s no other state we would rather do business in.

For nearly 60 years, Chase Machine has operated in Rhode Island and seen our business flourish. Rhode Islanders have always been resourceful, and the support we have gotten from our fellow citizens over the years has helped us know that there’s no better place to do business.

The recent “It’s All In Our Backyard” campaign from the Rhode Island Foundation sums up how we feel about this great state. This campaign has highlighted some important innovation happening in various sectors of the Rhode Island economy. Our state has so much potential in so many industries, including manufacturing, that we’re feeling bullish about Rhode Island’s future.

With Thanksgiving coming up, we hope Rhode Islanders will take stock of all the great things about the state they live in. We know we’ll be thankful for the state that has helped us innovate and succeed for the past 60 years. Stay positive!

Staying on the Cutting Edge of Manufacturing

Innovative manufacturing practices at Chase and elsewhere in RI are vital to our state and national economy

Chase has always prided itself on being a leader in Rhode Island’s manufacturing industry. Our products sell across state lines and around the world, and help put Rhode Island on the map. But new innovation in this sector is always a good idea; so in this month’s post, we’re focusing on some fresh ideas that could be applied here in Rhode Island, and some that already are!

One exciting project is the new regional manufacturing cluster, the plans of which will be completed next year. This advanced industry design center, which will be planned with $100,000 grant secured from the U.S. Commerce Department. Marcel Valois, the executive director of the RI Economic Development Corporation, agreed with the huge potential this hub would create. “We have not written off manufacturing,” said Valois, “We think it has tremendous growth potential, but it is going to look different than it has.” This advanced manufacturing cluster will surely bring about more innovation in what remains one of our state’s (and country’s) most important industries.

Manufacturers are also looking for new ways to collaborate with the academic community on innovative projects. A recent Providence Business News article shined light on the RI Manufacturers Renaissance Project, which has utilized student researchers at Bryant, URI, and other colleges to help create a database of the state’s manufacturers to improve efficiency within the sector. Other students are researching new manufacturing techniques on a smaller scale for individual firms.

These types of collaborations are critical to making sure Rhode Island stays on the cutting edge of manufacturing in New England and beyond. At Chase, we will always pursue worthwhile and innovative opportunities that will help us continue to manufacture the highest quality machines in the area.

Manufacturing – Part of a National Trend

A recent Providence Business News report says that manufacturing in the U.S. is expanding at its fastest pace in more than two years. That’s what we’re seeing in the equipment manufacturing industry, too.

A theme that’s emerged over the past several years has undoubtedly been a desire to make sure that the products that we use here in the USA are made here, too. Manufacturing in China may be less expensive, but buying US-made products is a better choice for two main reasons:

  1. Our safety, quality and service standards mean that you’re getting a better product, a better value for your money, and service and support when you need it.
  2. You’re helping boost the local economy by making sure your money goes towards American wages.

This is the case for all American products, but never more so than for our machines. And we know others feel this way, too. In a time when one might think that saving on costs and buying from overseas would be a more common financial choice for many companies, we’re instead finding growth at every corner for our American-made machines.

This is because people recognize these two truths: that safety and quality of service counts, and that buying from an American company – as the PBN reported this week – is good for the economy, and good for the whole country. Because of this, we’re going to keep buying American, selling American, and hiring American; we hope you will, too!

Re-shoring Manufacturing in Rhode Island

We hear so often of some of America’s best-known products being outsourced to China or other countries for their assembly and manufacturing. This can certainly be the less expensive  option for many companies, but is it the best option? Does it produce the highest quality product possible? We don’t think so, which is why all our machines and parts are made right here in America.

In fact, Chase Machine, instead of outsourcing our manufacturing to China or any other country for that matter, is making machines for Chinese businesses (along with American ones, of course) instead of the other way around! By keeping our engineering know-how and hard work ethic here in America, we can export our products and our innovation to other countries. We know as well as anyone the high value a “made in the USA” sticker has on products here in the U.S. Why shouldn’t that sticker have value on products we sell around the world, too?

The international community trusts that American products will be of high quality. By putting our products out there in on the international stage, we can showcase the time, effort, and craftsmanship that goes into each one of our machines. We’re excited to see what the future will bring, and what new markets we can open up for Rhode Island.

Chase Machine Hires Jim Weeden As New Sales Executive


Jim Weeden

Jim Weeden, Sales Executive for Chase Machine & Engineering

Chase Machine & Engineering, Inc., a custom machinery design and manufacturing company based in West Warwick, Rhode Island, has hired Jim Weeden as a Sales Executive. “Jim’s extensive experience in the nonwovens and textile product markets make him an invaluable addition to our team,” said Guy Gil, National Sales Manager for Chase Machine. “His professional experience, extensive skills and core accomplishments made him a clear choice to help move our business forward.”

Jim Weeden’s recent experience includes Sales and Marketing Executive positions at BMT Commodity Corporation, Brouckaert Industrial Textiles, and Northeastern Nonwovens. Jim also established a new high density needlepunched felt company to service the metal processing industry. “Jim’s ambition and highly professional attitude are key qualities we were looking for in a Sales Executive,” Gil says. “He’s the right person for the job, and we’re very excited to have him on board.”

Chase has cited Jim’s problem-solving ability and his expansive network and diverse knowledge of nonwoven and textile industry related markets as primary reasons for his hire, among other important skills and accomplishments that make him a perfect fit for Chase.

Choosing the Right Fabrication Company

A challenge we see every day for many organizations is finding the right equipment design and fabrication company.  There are a number of considerations that factor into this decision, and we’d like to help make that decision a little bit easier.

When assessing a design and fabrication company, we believe it’s important to expect a lot. For example, you should expect expertise. The company you choose should have solid referrals, deep experience, and a wide range of proficiencies. You should also expect quality control. Will your custom machinery firm build your machines in-house, making it easier to maintain quality? And finally, expect flexibility. Your custom machinery firm should be prepared to provide samples of work and variations on projects as necessary.

Pricing is an unavoidable factor for anyone looking to make such a large investment in their manufacturing capacity. While we at Chase are confident in the competitiveness of our own pricing structure, we strongly believe that the cheapest option is not always the best.

After decades in the business, we’ve come to appreciate companies that strive for quality, and we try to do the same. “Buying on price” – making the lowest price your only consideration – is simply not a viable strategy in this business, especially not with such a large-scale critical investment.

For our part, Chase Machine has over five decades of web handling expertise for applications encompassing the nonwovens, textile, geotextile, extrusion, filtration, converting, paper/film and medical industries, combined with our flexibility in the design process have resulted in new and innovative solutions to complex manufacturing requirements.

Our experience is primarily in continuous fiber or web applications from .005” to 130” wide and thicknesses from .0004” to ¼”.  From start to finish, all designs and manufacturing are produced in-house to ensure confidentiality and quality control. With Chase Machine, what you see is what you get. And we think you’ll like what you see.

Try It, Before You Build It

Prove the concept you plan to bring to market

Since the machines you use for your products often require a substantial investment, you don’t want to buy blindly. With the kind of expense it takes to build custom machines, you want to begin to determine what you may receive in return.

Our Material Applications Lab provides a responsible solution to this dilemma, and is one way we demonstrate our commitment to customer satisfaction. For a fraction of the cost of new production equipment, our experienced staff will assist you in ‘proving a concept’ or developing product samples for benchmark testing and market research.

Our Engineering staff then designs the equipment to meet that need. Customers have access to ultrasonic bonders, laminators, slitters and rotary drum embossing machines, as well as impulse and hot air sealing equipment to test materials, assembly and processing methods. Working together with the customer, Chase will deliver production equipment that is newer, faster, more efficient and more reliable for a timely return on your investment. Lab time may be reserved by the hour, day or week.

We care so much about quality because we believe the way your product is made says a great deal about the products themselves. These are your products, fitted with your design standards and practices; why should the equipment that manufactures them be any different?

By giving you a hand in the process, Chase not only makes sure our creations meet your approval in terms of quality and efficiency, but it allows you to add another personal mark to your products. Our Material Applications Lab can help you do that, by making sure you’re directly involved in the full life cycle of your products.

Optimism is Important in manufacturing today

At a time of cautious optimism about economic recovery, the mood of manufacturing at Chase Machine & Engineering is one of hope and enthusiasm.  As a custom machine builder, we certainly have concerns about the rising cost of doing business, the strength of our customers and vendors, and our ability to attract and retain talented people.   Yet despite these concerns, we still have never been more optimistic about the future of manufacturing in the 54-year history of our company.

Now more than ever, a positive attitude matters.   At Chase Machine, we offer quality machinery and service in a timely manner.  A customer’s time is as valuable as ours, so we make efficient use of it when we evaluate their needs and propose a solution.  We continue to invest in our company – our staff, the research and design of new equipment, and improvements to existing products – by developing processes that are safe, efficient and environmentally friendly.    While we are focused on increasing domestic sales, technology has made it easier to do business worldwide.  For Chase Machine, “Made In The USA” means something again. It is for this, and many other reasons, that Chase Machine is hopeful about the future of our business and of our customers.

Recovering from a recession and choosing to make an investment in capital equipment is never easy.  Ever mindful of capital equipment costs and access to financing, our challenge is convincing customers that buying solely on price or shorter delivery is almost always a mistake, and from our customer’s experience, a very painful one.

But we see, time and again, that our customers choose quality. They make the right choice, even if it’s a difficult one to make in this economic environment. This is why we are optimistic about our future, and the future of our customers.

Chase Machine and Quality Control

At Chase Machine, we believe strongly that quality counts in more ways than one.

Over the last few years we’ve had far too many opportunities to salvage poorly made equipment. The truth is that when a decision is based solely on price, everyone loses – the customer, the vendor, and the consumer.  Introducing a new product to the marketplace gets delayed for years, straining relationships between the customer and the unqualified vendor, as well as co-workers. Ultimately, the loss to the customer and vendor is immeasurable.

If you choose to grow your business and make the investment in new equipment or technology, make an informed choice by working with an established, reputable company.  Understanding that quality products and sustained service/support come at a cost is critical to making a smart investment.  In this business more than any other, you truly do get what you pay for; the build takes time because suppliers are not investing or maintaining inventory like they used to.  Our equipment is built to last, and we will be here for decades more to service and support it.

Our customers tell us that quality and service really do matter. That’s because at Chase Machine, exceptional customer service has never gone out of style!

For more information on any of Chase Machine & Engineering’s products and services, please visit our website at  You’ll find a convenient checklist for Finding the Right Custom Machinery Builder along with additional information on Buying on Price, our Material Applications Lab, the Ultrasonic Pocket Filter Machine and more.