Celebrating 65th Anniversary

On August 20th, 2008, posted in: News by

Earlier this year, DAPCO Industries celebrated its sixty-fifth anniversary. The company was started in 1943, by Ward Tupper in downtown Dexter, Michigan opening our doors to supply American Armed Forces during World War II. After the war, Ward Tupper led DAPCO into the screw machine business. He specialized in a number of fuel fittings, shut off valves, and other custom components for outdoor power equipment; this is the same business niche that DAPCO Industries currently occupies. Today, DAPCO is still a family owned company that employs over 170 people and thrives in a state-of-the-art 92,000 square-foot facility.

Throughout our history, DAPCO has led local and state businesses with new initiatives. In 1979, DAPCO became one of the first two businesses in the State of Michigan to purchase and use an IBM RS-6000 mini-mainframe using our own proprietary software. In 1986 we were one of the founding members of the Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce. In 1988, DAPCO became to first business to commit and move to the newly developed Dexter Business and Research Park. Throughout the early nineties, we upgraded our manufacturing equipment with the latest CNC technology. In 1998, we upgraded our computer systems again with latest in client-based manufacturing software and all-new hardware. In 2003, we sought and received our first ISO certification, which has since been upgraded to ISO 9001:2000. Our latest initiative is creation and implementation of a lean manufacturing culture.

At DAPCO, we are proud of our rich sixty-five year history in Dexter. We have been, and plan to remain a leader in giving back to the community where we live and work. We look forward to a bright future and the challenges of an ever more competitive world market. As a DAPCO customer we want to THANK YOU for giving us the opportunity to be a partner in your business endeavors.

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