Staying Power: Queensgate manufacturer is wired to stay in business, from 1872 to present

CINCINNATI - What does it take for a family business to survive and thrive for 25 years or more? Our weekly  feature shares the secrets to success of local businesses with staying power.


Originally known as the Cincinnati Pump & Mfg. Co., John Martin Schaumloffel purchased the company in 1917. The name was changed to General Chain & Mfg. Corp. in 1961 and the business focused on manufacturing well pumps and RFD Mail Boxes (which led to chain manufacturing and then custom wire forming). 

By 1972, with the pump, mailbox and chain businesses fading out (due to foreign competition), the company changed focus again to embrace current business demands and today strictly makes wire forms and sub-assemblies.

WCPO Insiders can read a Q&A with Kip Schaumloffel, who explains how a gap in skills in affecting his ability to hire and keep workers. Plus, you'll never guess what he does in his spare time. (Hint: radio)

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