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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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Dr. Peter Hotez and Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi have been recognized by Fast Company for their leadership in developing low-cost COVID vaccine. Photo courtesy of Texas Children's

This week, Fast Company announced its 14th annual list of Most Creative People in Business — and two notable Houstonians made the cut.

Dr. Peter Hotez and his fellow dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi, were named among the list for “open sourcing a COVID-19 Vaccine for the rest of the world.” The list, which recognizes individuals making a cultural impact via bold achievements in their field, is made up of influential leaders in business.

Hotez and Bottazzi are also co-directors for the Texas Children's Hospital's Center for Vaccine Development -one of the most cutting-edge vaccine development centers in the world. For the past two decades it has acquired an international reputation as a non-profit Product Development Partnership (PDP), advancing vaccines for poverty-related neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and emerging infectious diseases of pandemic importance. One of their most notable achievements is the development of a vaccine technology leading to CORBEVAX, a traditional, recombinant protein-based COVID-19 vaccine.

"It's an honor to be recognized not only for our team's scientific efforts to develop and test low cost-effective vaccines for global health, but also for innovation in sustainable financing that goes beyond the traditional pharma business model," says Hotez in a statement.

The technology was created and engineered by Texas Children's Center for Vaccine Development specifically to combat the worldwide problem of vaccine access and availability. Biological E Limited (BE) developed, produced and tested CORBEVAX in India where over 60 million children have been vaccinated so far.

Earlier this year, the doctors were nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize for their research and vaccine development of the vaccine. Its low cost, ease of production and distribution, safety, and acceptance make it well suited for addressing global vaccine inequity.

"We appreciate the recognition of our efforts to begin the long road to 'decolonize' the vaccine development ecosystem and make it more equitable. We hope that CORBEVAX becomes one of a pipeline of new vaccines developed against many neglected and emerging infections that adversely affect global public health," says Bottazzi in the news release from Texas Children's.

Fast Company editors and writers research candidates for the list throughout the year, scouting every business sector, including technology, medicine, engineering, marketing, entertainment, design, and social good. You can see the complete list here

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