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Old 05-19-2008, 04:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is Mike Casady/CCI a machine shop or?

I am wondering, since i came upon a site A.R.E. Manufacturing, Inc.
same street as CCI's address, one of the pics on there, shows phantom parts and complete phantom....makes me wonder, is Mike of CCI a machinist there, or is he just an assembler?

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In 1987 A.R.E. Manufacturing, Inc. became the major machined part supplier of Component Concepts, the leading producer of premium pump paintball markers.
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Old 05-19-2008, 04:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Edit: "In 1987 A.R.E. Manufacturing, Inc. became the major machined part supplier of Component Concepts, the leading producer of premium pump paintball markers." from A.R.E's history page.

Super EDIT: I'd originally had "I believe he owns both.... but I could be wrong" ..... then changed to the above.... and probably should have read your complete post
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Old 05-19-2008, 04:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The way I understand it is that he does indeed own both
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Whoa!!! Look at some of those machines...thats one tooled up dude.

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I figured Mike was a busy fellow, but not that busyy. If he owns both companies, wow. Good business practices pay off. That and it would explain why he's a "one man company", but is able to produce as many markers as he has. One man on the books, but everything is contracted out to his own, other company.
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again from ARE's website, no mention of Mike Casady.....I dont think he owns the companies, more of is the vendor through which they make parts for to sell.

CUSTOMER SERVICE:
Phone: 503-538-0350

Email: customerservice@aremfg.biz

QUOTING:
Phone: 503-538-0350

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Name Posistion
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Email
Alvin Elbert President
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Susan Snyder Accounting
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Susan@aremfg.biz
Paul Parlette Production Manager
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Janice Elbert Production Coordinator
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He made pneumatic tools (I believe for the dental industry) before paintball guns. CCI, I think, also does other things aside from paintball, designing and manufacturing parts


He does not make all phantom parts, some are made by other companies. All phantoms are assembled by him at CCI though
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Yeah the "dental tool" bit was mentioned in an article about the semi auto phantom... mind is failing as I can't remember the name... major brain fart.

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right, the way i see it is, Mike assembles, and receives certain parts, and stocks up and sells them through his shop, but that means he's a 2nd party retailer, not the 1st party, so the costs of parts and such is taken down from his retail, to what he pays for them from A.R.E. MFG, who does them on a bigger scale, for the economy of scale to pay off handsomely, and it seems they do not make large profit on the parts, while Mike is making enough to keep himself in business as well as expand somewhat...it is possible that he and A.R.E. were allied from the beginning, since CCI was founded in 1987, coincindent with A.R.E. becoming the major machined part supplier...
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that means he's a 2nd party retailer, not the 1st party
I don't think that is an accurate statement, he is the 1st party when it comes to Phantoms because he is the only party. He owns the design and and IP related to the Phantom from what I have heard. Just because he outsources machine work does not make him a "2nd party retailer".
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