The story of Quikspray®, Inc. began in the early 1950’s when Tom P. McRitchie began building barrel mixers to mix lime putty and plaster for the commercial construction industry. The idea took off, and Tom decided to form an official business. In 1954, he founded Quikstir®, Inc. Each week Tom, the sales manager and major stockholder, traveled to various businesses to demonstrate his mixers. Demand grew and Quikstir® began manufacturing mixers of various sizes and capacity. Business continued to increase throughout the 1950’s & 1960’s, along with the need for larger and more powerful mixers. At the same time Tom recognized a need in the industry for the mechanical application (or spraying) of the industrial coatings that his mixers were mixing.
So, in 1968, Tom established Quikspray®, Inc. as the manufacturer of these applicators. Initially, Quikspray® began by using technologies such as pressure pot conveyers, vertical piston pumps and progressive cavity screw pumps. That worked well, until the industry began using larger aggregates and fibers to reinforce their coatings. Tom recognized that a new design was needed to transfer these thicker, heavier materials. The result: the Quikspray® Carrousel™ Pump was born. The Carrousel™ Pump was a redesigned age-old peristaltic pump. It is now available in 4 different sizes covering a variety of models designed to pump and/or spray most heavy body commercial coatings.
Today, the Quikstir® and Quikspray® companies remain family owned and operated by the second and third generation of McRitchie’s. The mixer line has grown along with the pump line, and a group of broadcasters and applicator guns have been added along with helpful accessory items. Today, Quikspray® and Quikstir® products are marketed and distributed worldwide.
Our employees are dedicated! They consist of a small, but loyal workforce averaging 15-20 years of employment with Quikspray®, Inc. In fact, our original plant manager continues to work part-time after more than 50 years on the job!
Over the past 50+ years, we’ve developed key departments to focus on specific areas of manufacturing. These include: Design and Fabrication, Painting and Powder Coating, Machining and Welding, Assembly, Research & Development, and Material Testing.
Quikspray® and Quikstir® market and distribute to companies worldwide. Our customers include most of the major material manufacturers throughout the world. Products that are difficult to place because of formulation or location are easily accommodated by using the Carrousel™ Pumps and related mixers. Aggregated and fibered products are used for better adhesion, performance and overall function. Yet they can be difficult to apply. This is the reason these manufacturers advocate using the well designed and built machines manufactured by Quikspray®, Inc. Today’s labor market is very competitive. These employees are well trained and also expensive, so equipment that is productive as well as easy to use and maintain is required. Not all workers speak the same language throughout the world, but they all understand how to use these pumps and mixers.
Quikspray® and Quikstir® products are used in a broad range of applications and cover a variety of industries, including:
- Glass Fiber Reinforced Cement
- Concrete Art and Stamping
- Artificial Rocks & Water Features
- Fireproofing & Fire Retardant Coatings
- Cement & Epoxy Waterproofing
- Epoxy Coatings for Corrosion Control
Cement & Plasters
- Aggregated Epoxy Floors
- Seamless Flooring
- Grouts – Cement or Epoxy
- EIFS Coatings
- Foam/Wire Panelized Construction