Our Story of Fairchild’s Rubber & Plastic Components
Fairchild Industries was incorporated in 1961, under the name McClure Associates, Inc., developing automotive based products. Remember vinyl seat covers? That was a Fairchild product. Our growth began as I first brought in a case of standard seals to our Arlington Heights location. We didn’t have a warehouse or storage space so my personal office became the foundation for what is now Fairchild Industries.
Over the past 50 plus years, Fairchild has significantly evolved as a result of commitment to innovation, providing outstanding customer service, product quality and growing customers who seek “a boutique experience”. Our success has come from targeting these customers who value our hands on approach and direct contact with representatives.
Several of these customers are fortune 500 companies including Case New Holland. In the late 1980’s Case began a supplier rationalization project in order to better manage their supply base. Since Fairchild was already a proven Case supplier, they asked Fairchild to be their lead rubber supplier consolidator. Taking on this project led to many benefits including developing a wider array of rubber manufacturing techniques and worldwide manufacturing support base. This enabled us to become active in diverse industries including Specialty Vehicle, Agricultural, Military, Construction, and rail.
In order to continue developing a client base, Fairchild engaged in defining and refining its quality program. In result we have been gained numerous customer appreciation awards for quality, ISO 9001:2000, ISO 9000:2008 and now ISO 9001:2008 certification. Quality put Fairchild on the map and the acquisition of a 25,000 sq. ft. location in 1999 positioned Fairchild to grow further in rubber production, assembly work and JIT warehousing.
In the early 1990’s an automotive parts retailer looked to Fairchild to develop primary weatherstripping seals for vehicles. By pursuing this opportunity, Fairchild has transformed into a leading supplier of weatherstripping products to restoration, crash and Tier one automotive markets. This division of the company has grown significantly as our salesmen actively pursue customers who look for either stock or custom rubber parts and great service. Each new automotive catalog either doubles or triples products offered and stocked at our location.
Our boutique approach is supported by our team of dedicated employees. Our employees make the magic happen. As a family owned business, we started out with a core team of 2, my brother and I, and now we have moved to a 50,000 sq. ft location across the street with a staff of over 40 here to support our customers departmentally including production, shipping, receiving, customer service, administration, accounting, sales, marketing, product development, quality, procurement/planning, and information systems. All here to serve you to grow your business.
As mentioned above specialization in rubber products, affinity towards customers who value our approach and finding innovative solutions to customer’s specialized needs has lead Fairchild to our growth and success. After all these years, the secret to our success is having the “innovation and drive to deliver” quality products and services to make the relationships with our customers last.
– Joel C Schauer (GM of Fairchild Industries)