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PT&P History: The First Thirty-Five Years


Index | Acknowledgements | Milestones | Introduction | Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Read More


Introduction

Piping Technology & Products, Inc. (PT&P) is one of the leading manufacturers of pipe supports and other piping products in the world.  This book is the story of how the Houston-based company grew out of a small engineering consulting firm to take a prominent place in the piping industry.  The company's founder, Durga Agrawal, first came to Texas in 1968.  A young college student from the small village of Lakhanpur, in central India, Agrawal had planned to complete his graduate studies in engineering at the University of Houston and then return to India to establish a business.  Although he did not know it at the time, his arrival in Houston marked the beginning of a journey that eventually would lead him into the world of manufacturing, not in his native India, but rather in the go-for-broke atmosphere of the energy capital of the world—Houston, Texas.

When Durga Agrawal first established Pipe Technology & Products, Inc. in the summer of 1978, he sought to create a niche for his company in the pipe support industry by providing fast, dependable service for his customers.  He accomplished this primarily by developing innovative designs that improved the company's line of products and made the firm's production methods more efficient.  This enabled Agrawal to reduce the extended lead time—that is the amount of time required for products such as spring hangers to be manufactured and delivered—that had been the rule in the days before PT&P. Agrawal's innovative approach to the piping industry and his willingness to diversify into new areas of manufacturing enabled his small company to survive and prosper in a highly competitive environment. Later during the mid-1980s, when Houston's economy crashed with the demise of oil, gas, real estate, and petrochemical industries, PT&P, like other industry-dependent companies, found itself in a struggle for survival. Yet, while many competitors saw their business fail, PT&P not only survived but also thrived during the economic downturn. How then did this upstart business out-maneuver its competitors in a way that enabled the company to survive Houston's economic "bust" of the 1980s and become one of the leading manufacturers in the piping industry?

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