Picture above: Mechanical Department – Left to Right: Josh, Trevor, Ashley, Tom and (Joe – Not in Picture)


David Scharphorn, Founder and President

David Scharphorn studied architecture in college before serving three years in the US Army Special Forces.  Upon his return from his tour in the military, he gained employment as a plumber and was later offered a sales position with the same company.  In 1982 Dave began a new journey and accepted a sales position with a large chemical company, which gave him the opportunity to develop his knowledge of chemicals.  His natural abilities in sales, combined with his acquired knowledge of chemicals, Dave quickly become a sales manager and subsequently, a regional manager. In 1998, seizing an opportunity to branch out on his own, David Scharphorn started ChemQuest, Inc.  Right from the start Dave had a vision and aptitude for “Identifying the needs … and delivering the solutions”.   His extensive background  in industrial chemicals, application methods and equipment allowed him to assemble a solid team of knowledgeable, dedicated professionals who do much more than just sell chemicals.


Tom Hastings, Project Manager

With twenty years of experience in the field of mechanical engineering, Tom Hastings brings a unique set of skills to the newly formed, ChemQuest Finishing Systems. Tom began his career in the 90’s as a product designer at Roto Finish & Belco Industries; later taking on the role of Engineering Manager at Finish First Systems and 2002 began a 10 year career as a Sales Representative at Kerr Pump & Supply. It’s Tom’s broad variety of experience in the detailed mechanical field that gives him the ability to deliver a quality project to fulfill customers’ needs.


In addition to our custom engineered equipment offerings, our product selection also includes chemicals, paint guns, filters, and welding services. With over 100 years of combined experience in broad spectrum chemicals and systems applications, ChemQuest sets the pace in meeting the ever-changing demands of the industries it serves. We’re problem-solvers for our customers.

ChemQuest University

ChemQuest is committed to the principles of continuing growth and education in our industry and work hard to cultivate a level of knowledge and expertise amongst both our staff and our customers.  To demonstrate this commitment we offer a program called ChemQuest University. At ChemQuest University a small group of industry professionals gather for a one or two day seminar.  Speakers address such topics as Pre-Treatment Chemicals, Finishing Equipment, Washers, Dry Off and Cure Ovens, Paint/Powder Booths, Quality Control, Testing and much more.  Call us today at 269-795-9877 to sign up for the next ChemQuest University class.

About Us

Headquartered in the heart of West Michigan, ChemQuest Finishing Systems serves throughout North America. When you are ready to go over your equipment needs, we are ready with our knowledgeable staff to answer all of your equipment questions. We are aggressively honest and trustworthy in our relations with customers, suppliers, co-workers, and the communities where we have an impact. We work hard to protect and promote the health, safety, and well-being of our customers, our employees, and the environment.