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Alpha Pipe Celebrates 10 Years Buying and Selling New and Used Linepipe

Alpha Pipe Company celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2007.

Co-owners Carl Hylton and Jim Roeder founded the company in 1997 with a primary business focus of nationwide distribution of large O.D. new, surplus and used linepipe. They have combined experience of more than 60 years in the pipe and pipeline industry.

The company’s corporate headquarters are in St. Louis, Missouri, with stocking locations in Houston, Baton Rouge, Phoenix, Saint Louis, and Lexington, Kentucky. Recently, Alpha Pipe forged relationships with new manufacturers to offer expanded services to their customers, including sales of HDPE and PVC pipe.

Alpha Pipe Company has become a leader in both the supply of pipe and asset recovery, supplying services to companies such as Algonquin Gas Transmission, Bechtel Corporation, ConocoPhillips, Dominion Transmission, Duke Energy, Florida Gas Transmission, Gregory & Cook Construction, Henkels & McCoy Inc., Louisiana Interstate, Michels Corporation, Rogers & Phillips, Sheehan Pipe Line Construction, Sunland Construction, U.S. Pipeline and W.E. Energy.

Over the years Alpha Pipe has purchased hundreds of miles of new, surplus and used linepipe from the asset recovery divisions of the natural gas and pipeline industry. Working together with these companies gives their clients the competitive advantage when bidding projects involving the laying and or take-up of pipelines. Hylton and Roeder take a hands-on approach, sharing their expertise to provide innovative solutions to unique situations, and invariably one of them will be onsite to ensure direct access when and if required.

Their services also include the removal of pipe from the ROW or staging areas, loading, unloading, abatement and site restorations. Once the pipe has been taken up, it is prepared for resale by removing old coatings, straightening, cutting and beveling. The resulting material is then sold for numerous uses - such as dredging, piling, sign poles, and bridge building - throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and South America. Much of the pipe is recycled back into the pipeline industry for temporary lines, bore casing, culverts and flume.

The owners forged their partnership while working together at another company, and had firm beliefs regarding how a successful organization should be run - and that begins with the treatment of their employees. They think of their employees as family, and in fact, some are.

Four years ago, Roeder brought in his step-daughter Leslie Buxton to begin learning more about the administration of the company, and began training her in the sales field. She is now one of the top sales representatives at Alpha Pipe Company. She spearheaded the movement to expand Alpha Pipe’s product line to include the HDPE and PVC pipe sales.

Carl Hylton began training his son Kyle in 2005. Kyle has traveled to many jobsites with Carl over the past two years, gaining knowledge from his father in a hands-on working environment. Kyle attends the University of Missouri-Columbia. During his summer breaks, while not in the field with his father, he works in the office making sales contacts.

When they need temporary help on special projects or to fill in for the support team during vacations, Roeder and Hylton look to family to fill the positions. Sandra Roeder, Jim’s wife, has worked at Alpha Pipe part-time for the past year as a receptionist.

And some employees just feel like family. Steve Olson joined the company in 2001, bringing more than 30 years of experience to the organization. His customers know that they can count on his knowledge of the industry to provide them with the best deals on the pipe they require, delivered in a timely manner.

Cindy Wooten joined Alpha Pipe at the beginning of 2005 to fill a void in the accounting department, but now manages the office. She has brought innovative ideas with her and pushed Alpha Pipe to the next level by advocating the latest technology, streamlined sales and accounting procedures, and new promotional ideas.

Alpha Pipe Company had record sales years in 2006 and 2007, and a greatly expanded client base consisting of satisfied customers who received their pipe when needed at great savings, and Hylton and Roeder intend to continue this growth into the future, while maintaining quality, pricing and service to their customers.

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