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Dan Caspall shows off some of the equipment he designed during his time at V&B Manufacturing Company. Caspall is set to retire at the end of April after working with the company for 49 years.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

Caspall to retire after
49 years of service

After 49 years of working at Vaughan and Bushnell Manufacturing Company, Dan Caspall has decided to retire from being vice president of manufacturing and continue his life as a cowboy and cattle farmer.

In April 1968, Caspall was transferred to the V&B Walnut Ridge facility. While there, he worked to modernize machinery used to turn handles. He is particularly proud of his automatic loaders design still being used there today.

Caspall also designed and patented a chevron grip hickory handle, which is a favorite of builders and contractors.

Early in his career, Caspall received support and friendship from several influential men, namely Jim Bland, Jim Sloan, Robert Smith and Bill Rainwater. He said he is very appreciative of what they did for him.

Caspall also served the community in several leadership roles. He served as president for the Chamber of Commerce, Walnut Ridge Country Club and Walnut Ridge Booster Club. He was also a board member of the Chamber, the Associated Industries of Arkansas, Northeast Arkansas Workforce Investment Board, Walnut Ridge Jaycees and the First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

Following retirement, he will continue to work his cattle farm, Cypress Creek Ranch, outside of Lynn. He and his wife, Deb, will also continue to have their cowboy adventures on horseback.

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