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Trade, Tariffs, and Tenacity – The Power of Solving Problems

The clock is ticking.

There’s been a lot of talk about trade and tariffs and this and that. Maybe too much talk.
If you look under the shiny surface of sound bites and white noise, you see… surprise, surprise… that reports of manufacturing’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. 

At Custom Powder Systems and Integrated Containment Systems, surrounded by the work ethic ground into the hands and hearts of middle America, we just smile, shake our heads, roll up our sleeves, and continue to ask…

“How can we help?”

History is littered with companies staring into the rearview mirror waiting wistfully for the Willis Reed-like return of the good ole’ days, and while waiting, they were hit by the trains of progress. 

It has always been this way.

Likewise, history hoists heroes onto pedestals and into business school textbooks with case studies of moves, mergers, and market share. We lionize the giants who move forward fiercely… who refuse to sink their heads in the sand and shout about falling skies, broken dreams, and the golden days and ways things used to be. 

On which side of history will we find you? What are you prepared to do?

At Custom Powder Systems and Integrated Containment Systems, we’re prepared to embrace your toughest problem with “bring it on,” your non-negotiables with “no worries,” and your apparent budget nightmares with “let’s see what we can dream up together.” 

At Custom Powder Systems and Integrated Containment Systems, we look at each aspect of each challenge through different lenses and filters until solutions unspool before us in a collaborative, connected system that will make both scientific and financial sense for you.

Contact us today and let us know the containment challenge you’re facing so we can face it—and solve it—together.

Because the show must go on. 

The clock is ticking. Let’s get to work.

History is waiting for you.

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Drum inverter isolator. Yea…we make those.

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From idea to conception. A client had five pieces of existing equipment and needed them contained. This drawing shows the isolator we designed specifically for them. What unique challenges can we help you solve?

CUSTOM POWDER SYSTEMS is celebrating 13 years of The Art of Engineering.  If you have a containment, storage or handling problem that needs solving, contact us at or call us at (417) 868-8002.


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Bryan Lin: American Citizen and Project Manager Extraordinaire

When Bryan Lin came to the U.S. from Taiwan in 2009, he couldn’t speak one word of English.

“I couldn’t even go to McDonald’s and say, ‘I want the number 1.’”

But one year of community college taught him the language … along with drafting & design.

What does this mean to you? You’ll see…

Shortly after moving to Springfield, MO, Bryan was employed as a subcontractor, which meant he worked with several companies in various industries.

One of those companies was Custom Powder Systems. And the way we do business made quite an impression on Bryan. He chose to stay on at CPS because, well, we’ll let him tell you…

“It’s not just about having a job and earning some money – what CPS does is helping companies in the pharmaceutical or food industry to have medicine or just make life better – they are making a difference. This job is meaningful – CPS does meaningful work.”

What does this mean to you? You’ll see…

Bryan’s career at CPS began as a drafter. Before long, he was promoted to Mechanical Designer, and then quickly promoted again to Project Manager, a role in which he has excelled.

CPS CEO Denise McIntosh says that, currently, “He’s managing not only people in our building but six other vendors in two countries and getting the deliverables done on time.”

So what does this mean to you? We’re so glad you asked.

  • Without a strong Project Manager like Bryan Lin, your project goes nowhere.
  • A strong Project Manager like Bryan Lin serves as a servant leader and keeps you up-to-date on the progress of your equipment.
  • Having a strong Project Manager like Bryan Lin increases the likelihood of your project being done on time and on budget.
  • A strong Project Manager like Bryan Lin makes sure promises are kept.

That’s what having a strong Project Manager like Brian Lin means to you.

So if you have any questions (in English or Mandarin), contact Bryan at You should also ask him about the time he and his team “smoked” the brisket cook-off competition using a custom-built CARDBOARD smoker.

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In the meantime, when he’s not hard at work, you’ll find Bryan tinkering with electronics at home, surfing, or spending time with his six-month-old daughter.

Oh, and because everyone likes a happy ending…

On April 13, 2017, after 12 months of paperwork and waiting, Bryan Lin became an American citizen.

Of course, we threw him a big party. The cake is long-gone, but the USA-themed decorations are still hanging up in his office.

What does this mean to you? Well, not much, probably.

But it means the world to Bryan Lin.

Looking for an exceptional project manager like Bryan? Click here to continue the conversation.

School Tour

Custom Powder Gives WINGS to Gifted Children

“These kids are the engineers and designers of the future.” – Debbie Clary, Teacher for WINGS program

Custom Powder Systems recently welcomed around 100 students from the WINGS program to tour our facility in Springfield, MO.

WINGS stands for Working with the Individual Needs of Gifted Students. It’s a K-8th grade program that offers weekly classes for over 650 gifted students from public, private, and religious schools, as well as homeschooled children. These classes range from Robotics to Shakespeare to Chemistry to the Science of Harry Potter.

Finding businesses that allow field trips for such a large group of kids can be challenging. So Custom Powder Systems was thrilled at the opportunity to give these gifted students a glimpse behind our wizards’ curtains.

Much like these young scholars, CPS stays on the forefront of science, engineering, and technology. And it’s important for kids of all ages to see how they can put their talents to good use with a career in the manufacturing industry.

We’ve found that allowing kids to see the operations of our facility is the key to sparking their interest in manufacturing and design. By taking these young, passionate people out of their element and bringing them into an environment they’ve never imagined, they light up. We saw their fascination firsthand.

And we read about it in nearly 100 individual, original, hand-designed Thank You notes that we received a few days later.


One item of note: We saw a near 50/50 split of boys and girls that toured our facility. This excites CPS President Denise McIntosh to no end.

Her advice for young girls interested in the field of manufacturing, engineering, and design:

“Learn everything you can learn and if something interests you, pursue it. Doesn’t have to be a so-called “girly job”. If welding appeals to you, pursue it. If engineering appeals to you, and building things appeals to you, go do it. Try it.”

We were honored to welcome these bright, talented WINGS students into our world. After all, these are the designers, electrical engineers, and mechanical engineers of the future.

Who knows, maybe they will be working for us one day.

Or for you.

If we’re lucky.

We care about our future engineers. Click here to continue the conversation.


4 Years, 2 Months, 15 Days…But who’s counting?

“How in the world do you do it?”

It’s a question we hear often at Custom Powder Systems.


Because, as of today, we have gone four years, two months, and fifteen days without a lost time accident.

We honestly had no idea that a streak like ours was uncommon – until representatives from other companies began commenting, “This is a big deal” and “It’s virtually impossible considering the work you do.”

So now, more than ever, we have a responsibility to our employees and our clients to keep this streak alive.

The Experience Modification Rate (EMR) is a number used by insurance companies to project future chances of risk based on past injuries. The lower the EMR, the lower premiums will be, and the lower the costs involved. We pass those (not insignificant) savings onto our customers.

The standard EMR for our industry is 1.

Our EMR is .67.

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This is a big deal for our team. Not only for the men and women in the factory, but also for members of management who would have the unfortunate duty of break devastating news to employees’ family members.

This should be a big deal for customers, too. Because, when you work with an unsafe manufacturer, you will likely be paying more for their product. The rising cost of workman’s comp and high insurance premiums is absorbed into the cost of the products and services. And that means you will end up paying for their mistakes.

We refer to it as a “Carelessness Tax” – and it’s a tax we choose not to impose on our customers

To say that Custom Powder Systems takes safety seriously is a significant understatement. Our employees are our friends. Our family. And when we take care of our family, our costs go down. And stay down.

Four years, two months, and fifteen days down.

And we hope we’re just getting started.

As our costs go down, your costs go down. Click here to continue the conversation.