CPI was established by two college roommates in their dorm room in 1986 to provide carbon TOX columns to various laboratories. Shortly thereafter, CPI moved to a garage in order to increase manufacturing capacity. Always the entrepreneurs, the pair recognized other substantial opportunities to offer additional innovative products to the environmental testing laboratories. After years of continuous growth and market expansion, CPI was acquired by a group formed by Unique Investment Corporation, (“Unique”), a private equity firm located in Southern California.
CPI is now recognized as a manufacturing leader for quality, service, and innovation in key categories, including specialized products for spectroscopy, chromatography, mass spectrometry, and microbiology. CPI operates in the Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology, and Semiconductor testing markets, is a key manufacturer for many of the world’s largest OEM’s, and has a customer list that contains several Fortune 500 companies.
Our mission at CPI is to provide the highest quality, most reliable solutions to chemists, microbiologists, and scientific professionals throughout the world while providing unrivaled customer service. CPI shares the same fundamental values as Unique Investment Corporation. The fundamental basis upon which Unique was founded is that the people in a company are its most important assets. Unique has taken this philosophy one step further by recognizing that if the attainment of a company’s goals are aligned with the satisfaction of its people’s individual goals, that company will be successful.
CPI is determined to encourage and drive focused and collective accountability. Our core strengths in both manufacturing and direct-to-customer sales require a constant commitment to excellence.
CPI’s guiding principles are: Integrity, Accuracy, Humility, Curiosity, and Courage. Each of the companies in the Unique family has also adopted these Guiding Principles as their own.