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Barr-Thorp and CPI work hard to ensure your operation is running with optimum performance and sustainability. We offer expertise in applying the best technology to improve production flow. Whether you are an OEM in need of new ideas or a plant engineer trying to fix an ongoing problem with nearly a century of excellence behind us, we will figure it out.

Barr-Thorp and CPI boast six locations in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Colorado. We believe that outsourcing can be avoided through the implementation of the right technology. Give us a call, and we’ll help you improve quality, lower costs and become more profitable.


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