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Global chip shortage may affect people who just want to wash their dogs

Russell Caldwell, the president of CCSI International, opens a door to the equipment room of a pet-washing booth in Garden Prairie, Ill., on Friday, April 30, 2021. Foto: The Washington Post by Youngrae Kim Russell Caldwell, the president of CCSI International, poses for a portrait in a pet-washing booth in Garden Prairie, Ill., on Friday, April 30, 2021. Foto: The Washington Post by Youngrae Kim Circuit boards are ready to be installed in pet-washing booths at CCSI International. Foto:The Washington Post/Youngrae Kim

Of all the businesses to suffer from the global shortage of computer chips, dog washing - a low-tech affair involving soap, water and a dirty pet - ought to be near the bottom of the list.

But as with so many low-tech tasks these days, high-tech options are available, and that's how CCSI International, a family-run manufacturer in rural Illinois, was hurt by the chip shortage...

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