Green USA Manufacturing

Chapman MFG is committed to green manufacturing in America, which is why we manufacture our tools in Durham, CT. Many manufacturers produce overseas due to lax foreign environmental laws. We feel that exporting pollution doesn't help the global environment. We support American machinery tool and die makers, fabricators, metal finishers, machine part manufacturers and other local service providers. Your support of Chapman MFG in turn supports all the American workers that we rely on!

We seek to be a leader in sustainable manufacturing because we live and work in the same community.

Chapman produces roughly 1-2 small bags of garbage a week because everything possible (from metal shavings to oil and packing material) is re-used and recycled. Every year we pick a project to improve our environment and you can read about the projects we've chosen and the awards we've won below:

2013 NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat

Chapman MFG became a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat in 2013.

2013 Green Circle Award

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Recognized as a tried and true "Made in the USA" company, Chapman Manufacturing now has another label to be proud of: being a GreenCircle Award recipient...

DEEP specifically recognized Chapman for its implementation of a new recycling program. In this new program, Chapman has implemented a machine oil separator that is used to remove fine metal particles from their used machine oils, DEEP said.

This enables the company to continue to reuse the oil on a daily basis.  

Apart from this, all of Chapman's fluorescent light bulbs, batteries and computer/electronics are recycled and unnecessary office equipment and chairs are donated to the Goodwill.

"Everyone here Chapman contributes to our being green so we were thrilled to win the Green Circle Award," said Chapman marketing head Joel Camassar. "We have a lot to be proud of; we're a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat because we cultivate native plants and animal habitats. Everything from our cutting oils to cans and bottles to shipping boxes are recycled. We re-use our office shredding as packaging material and have reduced printing substantially. Our next project is to recycle our pesky fax machine and convert our customers and vendors to e-mail."

Chapman has roots in Durham going back to 1936.

2014 Green Circle Award

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Chapman MFG has won a Green Circle award from the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for the second year in a row!

We were invited to the DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee's office in Hartford to be presented an award for our creation and restoration of animal habitats on our property.

In 2013 we​ removed many truckloads of invasive multiflora rose that engulfed much of our two acres and planted a wildlife friendly garden around the shop. The wildlife garden includes native species such as American Dogwood, Mountain Laurel, Sumac and Aster, and other species that are beneficial to pollinators.

Our property includes a naturally occurring three season stream and is backed by wetlands, as well as several mini ecosystems including dense thickets, foraging spaces, high grassy areas, and many trees. Invasive species had taken over and destroyed the bio-diversity and animal habitats. We clear cut the offending flora and rebuilt our ecosystem with attention to necessary plants for animal cover, foraging and pollinator attraction.

Though ripping out impenetrable rose bush thickets with inch long thorns wasn't particularly enjoyable, I'm proud of our small contribution to creating a better habitat for plants, animals and Chapman team members alike. - Joel Camassar

2015 Green Circle Award

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Chapman has received the Green Circle Award from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection three times since 2013. The award recognizes those who participate in projects or activities to promote natural resource conservation or environmental awareness, according to DEEP.

Tracy Camassar, owner of Chapman Manufacturing, said the company was looking for low-cost packaging options, so they started recycling materials from the packages they receive and use those same materials inside their outgoing boxes.

“We think purchasing, stocking, and using packing material all to be shipped once and thrown out is wasteful,” Camassar said. “Shredding our scrap paper, junk mail and re-using air pockets and packing peanuts uses those resources a second time before entering the waste stream and greatly reduces the cost of packing.”

2016 Pollinator Garden

This garden mixes native and non native shrubs and perennials that attract birds, butterflies and other pollinators. Witchhazel, oak leaf hydrandrea and fothergilla are the backbone of this garden. Other native species are Joe Pye weed, baptisia, bea balm, echinacea and swamp milkweed.

2016-17 Pollinator Meadow

This meadow was started completley from landscape plugs (tiny seedlings) and was designed to bloom for many seasons. There's always something flowering to attract pollinators like bees, butterflies and other insects. The baptisia blooms in the spring and as summer approaches the catmint, tick seed, milk weed and echinacea bloom. By fall the aster, brown eyed susans and little bluestems are in bloom. We purposely leave the perenials uncut until spring to provide food and shelter for the animals and birds.

2018 Monarch Butterfly Release

We are committed to the environment and our NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat status. This year we took in over 40 (honestly we lost count) monarch caterpillars, fed them and had the great experience to release them as butterflies into our pollinator gardens!