Core Pipe Products, Inc. began its story as Tube-Line Stainless Division of Hi-Shear Industries in 1978. It was designed specifically for the manufacture of stainless and alloy pipe fittings and flanges. Our company founder, Joe Romanelli, Sr., was the original president of the division and main designer for the facility.
In December 1984, the assets of Tube-Line Stainless Division were purchased from Hi-Shear Industries, and Core Pipe (previously known as Gerlin, Inc.) was formed. Two years later, in 1986, Core Pipe acquired the original 65,000-square-foot building and land. This was done to secure a permanent location, with the potential for future expansion. It did not take long for the future to start taking shape.
In October 1987, Core Pipe acquired the assets of Picor, a stainless fitting manufacturer located in Pennsylvania. Picor had a long history dating back to the early 1960's as a manufacturer of high-quality stainless fittings in a variety of configurations. The acquisition of Picor expanded the manufacturing capacity and product lines of Core Pipe to include Belled End, Long Tangent, Marine, and Brewery Quality fittings in addition to complementing existing product lines of Tube-Line butt weld fittings and flanges.
More changes were in store, and in May 1995 the stainless forming equipment of Ladish Company was acquired and moved from Cynthiana, Kentucky, to Carol Stream, Illinois. The original Carol Stream facility was expanded to 85,000 square feet, with a high bay 20,000-square-foot addition to accommodate this equipment. Additional large presses and state-of-the-art heat treating equipment were added as well.
In September 2005, Core Pipe acquired the assets of Tube Tec located in Sanford, Florida. Tube Tec was mostly known as a producer of large diameter weld fittings, which provided an immediate broadening of our weld fitting size range.
In March 2006, Core Pipe introduced Brite Line as a new value product brand of stainless fittings and flanges produced globally by joint venture / manufacturing partners. The focus of the product line is on customers seeking a value product brand that has been manufactured using Core Pipe quality standards and backed by the expertise offered by their management team.
In late 2008, Core Pipe established an office in Shanghai, China in order to expand its global reach in serving its customers. Additional offices are planned to grow market share and awareness for the wide breadth of product lines offered. Throughout this time, the company maintained a superior focus on customer service.
Our founder passed away in May of 2015, serving more than 60 years in our industry. He created a legacy built on a reputation of providing high quality products, manufactured to exceed customer expectations. He also never forgot the importance of dedicated employees who remain a vital key to our continued success.
Core Pipe Products, Inc., is one of the premier manufacturers of stainless and alloy pipe fittings and flanges in the world. We will continue to find future growth opportunities in product lines that allow us to better serve our customers. Thank you all for the opportunity for us to work together.