Chapman History

What do Microsoft and Chapman have in common? Both were started in garages!

     Chapman Manufacturing was established in 1936 in the garage of Old Man Chapman on Meeting House Hill Rd in the small town of Durham, Connecticut. In 1965, Bill and Doris LeVee bought the company and relocated it to 471 New Haven Rd, which is right around the corner from the original location. Current owner, Tracy Camassar, was selected by the LeVees to carry Chapman into the next generation. Tracy, Mr. Levee and Old Man Chapman, are all quality control sticklers, which explains the hundreds of glowing reviews from customers we've received over the past 80+ years attesting to the quality, durability and handiness of our tools. People use Chapman midget ratchets and insert bits to repair and service everything from firearms to appliances, computers to dental equipment, and to what was Mr. LeVee's delight, Apache helicopters! 

     Chapman tools and parts are American made and assembled from American made materials. Everything from the gear inside our famous midget ratchet, to our steel and paper brochures are made in America, the way it has been since 1936.  if you have any questions or comments please feel free to E-mail, write on our Facebook wall or call us at (860) 349-9228. We'd love to hear from you! 

Click here to read an article about our Green Circle Award for recycling!

Our '59 Chevy Apache


In May of 2012, we were looking for a project truck to restore as a company project and use for public relations at local car shows. We soon found a 1959 Chevy Apache 3600 long bed on Craigslist, and though the body was pretty beat, it was mostly intact and rock solid.

    As soon as we got her back to the shop we started sanding and disassembling. Before we knew it, she was just a cab sitting on a rolling chassis. Cut to exactly two years later and she was re-worked, re-chromed, re-painted and re-installed under the expert supervision of our master fabricator and machinist Rich. Though many parts were purchased, some parts were impossible to find because the truck is a rare ¾ ton with 8 lug wheels. Luckily Rich custom fabricated many parts, including little brackets to screw the moon hubcaps to the wheels.

     As of August 2014 we’ve taken her to 4 car shows (won three trophies), the Memorial Day parade, and many trips into town to get ice cream. She draws mega attention wherever she goes and we can’t wait to take her to a couple tool industry trade shows. More truck photos