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!

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 www.chasemachine.com.  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.