Thompson Pipe Group

We’re a privately held family business of engineers, contractors and manufacturers based in Rialto, California. From our humble beginnings, we built a family of products to meet the needs of all kinds of infrastructure. Each generation of products is better than the previous. Thompson Pipe Group (TPG) is now the largest and most diverse drainage, sanitary, pressure and trenchless pipe provider, with manufacturing locations across the country and serving not just the US but all of North America.

We’ve got this.

Our nation’s underground infrastructure is in dire need of rehabilitation and, in many places, replacement. It’s an enormous challenge, but one that TPG is poised to meet head-on with our complete range of pipe products and our collaborative engineering support resources behind them.

Bring it on.

TPG has never been more ready. We’ve evolved to tackle the biggest, most complex challenges on a continental scale. Exactly the right product for the right application. Our legacy is focused on making the world a better place for the next generation and those to come.

“Because of our roots as contractors, we know what’s needed to be the best partners to water owners, engineers and contractors.”

— CEO, Ken D. Thompson

Made with true grit.

You won’t find a company more passionate about this industry than TPG. We’re zealously committed to being collaborative partners. Besides being engineers and contractors ourselves, we operate from the utmost of ethics. We’re big believers in character-driven leadership and practical innovation. Most of all, we believe that good, old-fashioned American grit is the blueprint to success.

A place with a heart and soul.

At TPG, we believe in giving back. We provide a work environment where our employees can build a life. We don’t just offer jobs, we offer careers. And we’re committed to always doing the right thing for our industry, our people and our community.

Locations

Locations

Our History

With a background in underground construction, we once installed the very pipe we make today.

Company History Timeline

1899
1899

Harry S. Price, Sr. formed Price Brothers as a construction company in Michigan.

Harry S. Price, Sr.
1916
1916

Received a contract from the City of Dayton, Ohio, to build levees and dams to prevent future floods by the three rivers that converged in that community.

City of Dayton, Ohio 1916
1926
1926

The company manufactures over 5 miles of 84” reinforced concrete pipe to transmit raw water from the well fields to the Dayton Ottawa water treatment plant. This pipeline is still in operation today.

1926 - The company manufactures over 5 miles of 84
1930
1930

Manufacturing of reinforced concrete pipe begins.

1930s – Manufacturing of reinforced concrete pipe begins.
1945
1945

Price Brothers purchases the Lewistown Pipe Company.

1945 – Price Brothers purchases the Lewistown Pipe Company.
1946
1946

Gifford-Hill & Co. and Ameron (GHA)are awarded a joint venture to build a concrete pressure pipeline in Wichita Falls, Texas. Gifford-Hill-American is formed and a plant in Holliday, Texas, is built.

1946- Gifford-Hill & Co. and Ameron (GHA)
1948
1948

G-H-A manufactures its first prestressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP) L-301 project.

1948. - G-H-A manufactures its first prestressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP) L-301 project.
1950
1950

Price Brothers builds manufacturing facilities built in Dayton, Ohio; Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and elsewhere.

1952
1952

G-H-A begins manufacturing prestressed concrete cylinder pipe in Grand Prairie, Texas, and builds a plant in Victoria, Texas.

1950s – Price Brothers builds manufacturing facilities
1954
1954

G-H-A manufactures its first PCCP E-301 pipe for the City of Dallas.

1952 – G-H-A begins manufacturing prestressed concrete cylinder pipe in Grand Prairie, Texas, and builds a plant in Victoria, Texas.
1956
1956

G-H-A builds a plant in Lubbock, Texas.

G-H-A builds a plant in Lubbock, Texas.
1969
1969

G-H-A breaks ground on a new plant in Houston, Texas.

G-H-A breaks ground on a new plant in Houston, Texas.
1972
1972

Thompson Brothers Utility Contractors founded.

Thompson Brothers Utility Contractors founded.
1973
1973

Thompson Brothers Utility Contractors expands and forms Thompson & Lee partnership.

Thompson Brothers Utility Contractors expands and forms Thompson & Lee partnership.
1973

PBC patents the Snap Ring®.

Snap ring
1976
1976

G-H-A manufactures 45 miles of 42″ concrete pressure pipe to supply water to Lawton, Fort Sill and Duncan, Oklahoma areas.

G-H-A manufactures 45 miles of 42
1976

Ken M. Thompson leaves Thompson and Lee; opens Kenrol.

Thompson and Lee partnership ends; Kenrol opened.
1977
1977

Kenrol incorporates as Ken Thompson, Inc.

Kenrol incorporates as Ken Thompson, Inc.
1981
1981

In Florida nearly 5,000 feet of 192″ prestressed concrete non-cylinder pipe was fabricated for the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island. The Palatka, Florida, plant was initially constructed for this project.

St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island
1987
1987

Thompson family breaks ground on precast plant in Rialto, California.

Thompson family breaks ground on precast plant in Rialto, California.
1990
1990

To handle increased demand, Thompson family incorporates Pipeline Carriers, Inc., the company’s fleet of trucks.

the company’s fleet of trucks
1990

Price Brothers embarked on a venture in China to provide PCCP manufacturing technology for a new plant north of Hong Kong. The company provided large diameter PCCP power plant circulating water systems overseas with shipments to Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, and South America.

Price Brothers embarked on a venture in China
1998
1998

PBC employees purchased the remaining Pressure Pipe Division.

PBC employees purchased the remaining Pressure Pipe Division.
1998

The Thompson family acquires a plant in Palmdale, California.

The Thompson family acquires a plant in Palmdale, California.
1998

G-H-A purchased by major pipe manufacturer, Hanson, PLC.

G-H-A purchased by major pipe manufacturer, Hanson, PLC.
2000
2000

PBC purchased the PCCP facility owned by Cretex in South Beloit, Illinois.

PBC expanded production capacity by purchasing the PCCP facility in South Beloit, Illinois.
2001
2001

The Thompson family breaks ground on a reinforced concrete plant in Conroe, Texas.

The Thompson family breaks ground on a reinforced concrete plant in Conroe, Texas.
2004
2004

The Thompson family breaks ground on a plant in Alvarado, Texas.

The Thompson family breaks ground on a plant in Alvarado, Texas.
2006
2006

Thompson Pipe Group expands in Texas; adds U.S. Composite Pipe, Inc. The company produces steel reinforced polymer concrete pipe and structures.

Thompson Pipe Group expands in Texas; adds U.S. Composite Pipe, Inc. The company produces steel reinforced polymer concrete pipe and structures.
2007
2007

The Thompson family builds the T&T Rock Distributor’s rail terminal.

The Thompson family builds the T&T Rock Distributor’s rail terminal.
2007

Hanson acquires Price Brothers.

Price Brothers
2008
2008

The Thompson family acquires the Flowtite FRP plant in Zachary, Louisiana.

The Thompson family acquires the Flowtite FRP plant in Zachary, Louisiana.
2009
2009

The Thompson family retires underground pipeline operations.

The Thompson family retires underground pipeline operations.
2013
2013

The Thompson family rebrands the company to Thompson Pipe Group.

The Thompson family rebrands the company to Thompson Pipe Group.
2014
2014

Thompson Pipe Group acquires the Rinker Pipe Corona location.

Thompson Pipe Group acquires the Rinker Pipe Corona location.
2015
2015

Heidelberg Cement sells the Hanson Pressure Pipe Division and the other concrete products divisions to the Lone Star Equity Company. Lone Star changes the name of the division to Forterra Concrete Products.

Heidelberg Cement sells the Hanson Pressure Pipe Division and the other concrete products divisions to the Lone Star Equity Company. Lone Star changes the name of the division to Forterra Concrete Products.
2016
2016

Forterra acquires US Pipe.

US Pipe
2017
2017

Thompson Pipe Group purchased the U.S. pressure pipe assets from Forterra.

Thompson Pipe Group purchased the U.S. pressure pipe assets from Forterra.