is at home in the small community of Webb City, Missouri, a city
nestled on the edge of the Ozark mountains, with a population of
just under 10,000. All around are wide, open prairies, hills and
woods. Cardinal employees like it that way and are committed to
keeping it that way. Cardinal's mission statement promises that they
will adhere to sound environmental practices. They do that and then
some. Cardinal's goal is to always be a step ahead in observing
sound environmental rules.
From The Beginning... Exceptional Value
evolution of what is today Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Company,
involves the pulling together of a century's worth of ideas,
products and people.
Scale, with home offices in the heart of America, officially began
in 1950. Founder William H. Perry of Webb City, Missouri, an
experienced scale industry man, started the new company as a result
of customer need for a line of special-capacity scales.
This need arose out of America's construction-era boom. In the
development of the nation's highways, bridges and other structures,
builder demand was at an all-time high for appropriate, new weighing
systems. All concrete, stone and aspalt were batched and sold by
weight; manufacture of the right weighing equipment called for
someone with the right experience, resources and ability to respond.
That individual was William H. Perry.
At the time, Perry was employed by the Webb Corporation, a Webb City
manufacturer and distributor of heavy-duty industrial scales and
mining machinery. He was authorized to start his own company for the
production of the new, lighter capacity scales, which would then be
The new scale line proved to be so successful that Perry had to
resign from Webb in 1956 and devote his full attention to his new
and rapidly growing company. And so, Cardinal Scale was born.
Cardinal's ability to respond to the specialized weighing needs of
many other industries has enabled the company to expand its product
line extensively over the years.
As a new scale manufacturing entity, Cardinal was in need of its own
heavy-duty scale line. With this in mind, Perry began discussions
with Sacramento, California's L.R. Murphy Company, a well-known west
coast player in the large-capacity scale business. It was L.R.
Murphy who pioneered all-steel, large scale design... a major
revolution in the weighing industry.
Up until that time, all large-size scales had been laboriously
constructed of cast iron in designs that could not easily have been
changed. Nor could these scales be easily transported from their
sites of manufacture on the east coast.
Steel was readily available to Murphy on the west coast as a result
of the construction explosion that began there in the 1930's. He
gained a competitive edge with its use, and it was this advantage
that made sense as Perry and Murphy began talking about a
partnership that could be mutually beneficial.. particularly in
terms of product distribution.
In 1958 an agreement was reached, and the two companies began
working together, marketing all-steel, welded motor truck and axle-load
scales to all parts of the country. The companies were closely
associated for 15 years, and then in 1973, Cardinal acquired Murphy
Scale and completely integrated the operation, with full-service
plants in Webb City, Sacramento and Denver.
Tremendous changes in scale technology have occurred since
Cardinal's early days, and no one has been more conscious of the
need to stay one step ahead than William H. Perry. Always
driven by what customers needed... or were going to be needing...
Perry led Cardinal to two major acquisitions which could further
diversify the company's product line. The first to come on board was
Fuller Weighing Systems. A maker of drum and pail fillers, Fuller
was a "good
fit" because its products meshed well with Cardinal's weighing line.
The second acquisition was that of Detecto Scale Company, based in
New York City. Begun in 1900 by three immigrant brothers (The Jacobs
Brothers) in the butcher supply business, Detecto was a name known
in the food industry and in the clinical field. The company produced
bakers' dough scales, butcher's scales, clinical scales, counter
scales and hanging scales.
The Detecto acquisition brought with it an important, new dimension
for Cardinal... scale building experience and know-how that dated
back to the beginning of the 20th century. Over the years, Detecto
had develped a respected name in the manufacture of scales for
grocers, markets, the shipping industry and the medical field. These
product lines and Detecto's expertise were valuable additions to
Cardinal, which quickly moved all manufacturing of Detecto scales to
Today, Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Company is well known under the
names Cardinal Scale and Detecto Scale. Cardinal is primarily known
for its large-capacity scales (5,000 lbs and over) and associated
information handling systems. Heavy-duty truck scales and such
developments as the low-profile
"Rail Hugger" scales are virtually synonymous with the Cardinal
name. Detecto is most noted for scales with capacities under 5,000
lbs, while Fuller is known for industrial liquid filling
and equipment are wonderful resources.. but ultimately are of little
value without the most important aspect of any business - its people.
Cardinal is proud of its ability to attract top-notch members to its
corporate family. Over the years Cardinal has been fortunate in
being able to employ many talented individuals with the willingness
to develop their skills to the highest levels in the manufacture of
quality weighing equipment.
their products, Cardinal is a complete entity when it comes to
personnel. Cardinal believes in having the best people on board,
from the designers to the production line to customer-service
Cardinal's engineering staff alone has over 750 years of combined
engineering background. Cardinal machinists, too, are top-of-the-line,
with the expertise to operate computer-controlled equipment with
accuracy and efficiency. In the production area, talented
individuals work with a myriad of parts - some exceptionally small -
over extended periods of time. They are able to continually and
reliably produce high-quality products such as Cardinal's
load cells and strain gauges.
In every phase of the Cardinal operation, people utilize their
latest statistical control techniques to monitor and improve their
performance, assuring customers the finest end result... a top-quality