In 1976, a brilliant research chemist by the name Richard Beaupre left his job, to start a new company called ChemArt, which is now is split into two divisions; Beacon Design & ChemTec.
During the early years of Mr. Beaupre’s career, he developed an aqueous based photo-resist which is used in many different applications and industries, worldwide. Taking intimate knowledge of that application and the education he received at URI (University of Rhode Island), Dick pursued the dream of owning his own business.
With Rhode Island being the jewelry capitol of the world, starting with jewelry findings made perfect sense. Of course like any true entrepreneur, he didn’t stop there. Mr. Beaupre began applying the technology to industrial parts, decorative ornaments, keepsakes and many other unique products. By diversifying his offerings and making the product unique, he began to build a loyal customer base! Today, ChemArt, is leading the industry by creating unique custom designed product to fit the specific needs of our clients.
Over the years ChemArt has blossomed into an industry leader in all three sectors of our business; industrial, retail and decorative. Beacon Design is the decorative and retail arm of our organization, while ChemTec serves the industrial sector.
We are the only company of our kind that is fully integrated from design through manufacturing, assembly, packaging and distribution. By developing core competencies in our process and design, Beacon was awarded the prestigious ISO9000 accreditation in 1995. Today, Beacon is an ISO9001:2008 company with processes and protocols in place that make us one of the most reliable and nimble companies in the industry, with quality that you can depend on.
We’ve come a long way since our humble beginnings manufacturing at what used to be an old ice cream factory in East Providence, to operating out of a new state of the art facility, covering 55,000 square feet on 8 acres of land in picturesque Lincoln, RI.
Mr. Beaupre is extremely invested in the growth and development of the company, so in 1999 he named David Marquis, as the President.
David is a true visionary, leading ChemArt into the future and protecting the integrity of the Beacon Design and ChemTec brand. He surrounds himself with a management team who understands the importance of what Mr. Beaupre built, how crucial our clients are to our success, how important it is to have an amazing team in place and how the quality of the product and service we provide, has to be the best in the business. He cares deeply about Mr. Beaupre’s legacy and has set us on a path for continued growth and expansion.
One of the most impressive facts about Beacon Design is that over 30% of our staff have been with us for over 10 years. In fact, one employee who works in manufacturing started in 1977 when Dick founded the company. The intrinsic knowledge of those employees regarding our product and process, allows us to give our clients the best quality and craftsmanship available.