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Ellis Needham Jr. Owned Industrial Chrome in Topeka

Needham started with the company in 1963 as a general laborer, but in 1969 he purchased part of the company along with his wife, Naomi.

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Ellis Needham Jr., who owned Industrial Chrome in Kansas, passed on Nov. 17. Needham started with the company in 1963 as a general laborer, but in 1969 he purchased part of the company along with his wife, Naomi, and co-owned it alongside Don Johnson until Johnson’s passing in 1990.

Ellis Needham, Jr.,

Ellis Needham Jr.

During their ownership of the company, it migrated from a plating company to a vertically integrated manufacturing facility, allowing for many operations to be under one roof. Needham worked alongside his children, Chris, Jackie, and Duane, and his granddaughter, Taylor Jackson, as well as numerous employees.

Needham was a member of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and the North Topeka Business Alliance. Survivors include his wife, four children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

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