Powder-Coated Chain: Domestic vs. Import

April 6, 2023

At Laclede Chain, we understand that choosing a powder-coated chain supplier can be overwhelming, and the most common question we hear from customers in the industry is: domestic or import, which is better? If timely delivery and quality are top priorities for your company, then choosing a domestic supplier is the way to go.


3 Reasons to Choose a Domestic Supplier

The benefits of domestic powder-coated chain versus imported powder-coated chain can depend on various factors such as the quality of the materials used, the manufacturing process, and the intended use of the chain. However, here are some general advantages of domestic powder-coated chain:

Timely Delivery: When purchasing domestically produced powder-coated chain, delivery times are often shorter compared to imported chain due to reduced shipping time and the availability of local inventory. Keeping your supply chain “on shore” can mitigate risk from global supply chain disruptions or international trade disputes (like we experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic).

Quality Control: Domestic chain is manufactured to NACM (National Association of Chain Manufacturers) specs which are often subject to stricter quality control measures compared to imported chain.  

At Laclede Chain, we have several quality checks built into our process to ensure that we’re producing the highest quality powder-coated chain possible. Production members are required to perform a mil thickness test and a cure test to check that our powder coat products are living up to our safety and quality standards. 

Color Consistency and Customization: Domestic manufacturers are more likely to offer customizations such as custom colors, lengths, and link sizes, allowing you to tailor the chain to your specific needs. At Laclede Chain, we’ve invested over a decade of research and testing to develop our state-of-the-art powder coat facility so that we can provide custom color matching for any powder-coated chain. And we have color matching down to a science so that when you order from us again, the color will remain consistent. With many offshore manufacturers, colors may vary over time (or from order to order) as formulas and processes change.

When it comes to motion control or construction applications, quality and safety go hand-in-hand. As a domestic manufacturer, we’re committed to delivering the highest quality chain and powder coating to ensure the safety of your teams and customers.


Your Link to Reliable Powder Coat

At Laclede Chain, we pride ourselves on offering top-quality powder-coated chains that are designed to perform in a variety of settings. The powder coating provides an extra layer of protection that helps to prevent corrosion and rust, extending the life of the chain and reducing maintenance requirements.

In addition to their protective properties, powder-coated chains are also highly visible due to their bright and bold colors. This makes them an ideal choice for use in safety applications, such as marking off hazardous areas, creating barriers, or designating specific areas for equipment storage.

We offer a range of powder-coated chains in various colors, link sizes, and lengths to suit your specific needs. Our chains are manufactured using high-quality materials and cutting-edge technology, ensuring that they meet the highest standards for performance and durability.

Whether you’re looking for a durable chain for marine use, an eye-catching chain for safety applications, or a custom chain for a specific application, Laclede Chain has you covered. We’ll provide you with the reliable and durable powder-coated chain that you need to get the job done right.


Find the Powder-Coated Product You Need

Start your quote online or give us a call at (800) 325-2699 to learn more about our powder coat capabilities.