From manufacturing dog houses and laminated beams, to crafting custom boxes and kitting systems, the company named originally after William H. Champlin in the 1930s, has reinvented itself many times over the last eight decades. But its commitment to manufacture, assemble and deliver industrial packaging with precision and care still remains.
Industry pioneer William Champlin applied for one of his first box patents in the late 1920s. His workshop was originally set up in his hometown of Rochester, New Hampshire but he was encouraged to relocate to Connecticut so he could better service the packaging needs of one of the state’s largest aerospace customers.
Back in the day the company motto was “Boxed in Wood. Boxed for Good,” which still holds true today with the impeccable construction and craftsmanship that comes from the manufacturing team.
In the mid-80s, a young and energetic Rory Poole joined The Champlin Company as a scheduler for the box division. Seeing his strong work ethic, Rolland Champlin, the grandson of the original Champlin, targeted Poole to eventually buy the company.
Poole never imagined a forestry major from the backwoods of Kentucky (his college town was actually called Quick Sand) would eventually become CEO and President of a multi-million dollar company. But this is exactly what happened with dedication and determination, and a strong and admirable work ethic.
Today, Poole continues to grow the company’s capabilities with the 2015 launch of iHUB Packaging & Logistics, a packaging and logistics facility that can store, care, maintain, pack and ship parts for aerospace, manufacturing and industrial clients.
Taking what he learned early on from his mentor and friend, Rolland Champlin, Poole is taking thoughtful action to transform the moving, shipping and packaging industry with innovative and flexible alternatives to wood/box pallet systems. Poole established American Alternatives, which operates out of the Champlin Hartford plant.
The companies operating together make up the total package.