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How 2 Houston friends founded the fitting industry's go-to company

Owners Houston Glover and Archie Lopez. Photo courtesy of TPC Industrial

If you're in the market for a specific kind of pipe, valve, fitting, flange, bolt, gasket, or hose, your first stop should be TPC Industrial.

The Pasadena-based company has been making a name for itself in the PVF/hose and fitting industry since 2017 as the go-to finders of anything a customer might need, at any time.

Owners Houston Glover and Archie Lopez decided to open TPC Industrial after each saw the need for a company that understood the urgency of time management when it came to supplies.

Glover had been working in project management and sales, while Lopez started in the distributorship end of the hose and fitting industry. He then moved on to Seal Fast Inc., a manufacturer and wholesaler, and worked there for 24 years, where he grew in knowledge and was fortunate enough to travel to 19 different countries.

In 2013, he went to Pelican Worldwide and focused on opening Superflow products, traveling to China, Korea, Singapore, and Malaysia to setting up manufacturer partnerships.

But between 2015 and 2017, Lopez began dreaming of starting his own company. He began working on a business plan, unaware that his friend Glover was doing the same.

TPC Industrial owners Houston Glover and Archie LopezThe pair became business partners in 2017. Photo courtesy of TPC Industrial

The two men came into each other's orbits by attending the same church, and Glover and Lopez's son, AJ, quickly became best friends. So in 2017, Glover presented Lopez with a presentation for business partnership and they made it official.

By January 2018, they were full funded. Two days later they bought their building, and less than two weeks after that they made their first sale.

Lopez says that praying on the decision is what moved him to partner with Glover. As their three-year anniversary approaches in January 2021, it's clearer than ever that the universe didn't steer him wrong.

Learn a bit more about TPC Industrial and its owners with this video:

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TPC Industrial is located at 2500 Pasadena Fwy. If you're searching for a particular part, call 346-226-3866, email info@tpcindustrial.com, or check out the website.

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This Houston-based SPAC has announced the tech company it plans to merge with. Photo courtesy of Gow Media

A Houston SPAC, or special purpose acquisition company, has announced the company it plans to merge with in the new year.

Beaumont-based Infrared Cameras Holdings Inc., a provider of thermal imaging platforms, and Houston-based SportsMap Tech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: SMAP), a publicly-traded SPAC with $117 million held in trust, announced their agreement for ICI to IPO via SPAC.

Originally announced in the fall of last year, the blank-check company is led by David Gow, CEO and chairman. Gow is also chairman and CEO of Gow Media, which owns digital media outlets SportsMap, CultureMap, and InnovationMap, as well as the SportsMap Radio Network, ESPN 97.5 and 92.5.

The deal will close in the first half of 2023, according to a news release, and the combined company will be renamed Infrared Cameras Holdings Inc. and will be listed on NASDAQ under a new ticker symbol.

“ICI is extremely excited to partner with David Gow and SportsMap as we continue to deliver our innovative software and hardware solutions," says Gary Strahan, founder and CEO of ICI, in the release. "We believe our software and sensor technology can change the way companies across industries perform predictive maintenance to ensure reliability, environmental integrity, and safety through AI and machine learning.”

Strahan will continue to serve as CEO of the combined company, and Gow will become chairman of the board. The transaction values the combined company at a pre-money equity valuation of $100 million, according to the release, and existing ICI shareholders will roll 100 percent of their equity into the combined company as part of the transaction.

“We believe ICI is poised for strong growth," Gow says in the release. "The company has a strong value proposition, detecting the overheating of equipment in industrial settings. ICI also has assembled a strong management team to execute on the opportunity. We are delighted to combine our SPAC with ICI.”

Founded in 1995, ICI provides infrared and imaging technology — as well as service, training, and equipment repairs — to various businesses and individuals across industries.

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