Tyler Pipe has been a staple of East Texas for nearly a century and has employed thousands over the decades, but there have been times of troubles including scrutiny by local, state and federal officials for safety and environmental violations.
Now, a company that faced what looked to be insurmountable problems has changed course of direction and now is a leader in safety and environmental areas. Tyler Pipe is also a leader in the production of cast iron ductile pipe and fittings and has a $300 million economic impact on the state each year.
The Tyler Morning Telegraph's Kenneth Dean was recently invited behind the fence at Tyler Pipe and given a firsthand look of the foundry, which included company representatives answering a slough of questions about how the company made the changes and the long range plans for Tyler Pipe.
Kenneth told CBS 19's Field Sutton the first thing one notices is that it is hot where the pipe and fittings are being made, but there are safety guards in every area, each employee is wearing all of the required safety equipment and the amount of money spent to automate the foundry and implement new safety and environmental policies are easy to see.
The team members as they are called now, say they love working at Tyler Pipe. Production is up and the injury rate has fallen by almost 80 percent.
The president of Tyler Pipe's parent company McWane, Ruffner Page, said he is happy about the changes the company has made and said that he and the ownership of McWane are committed to making the company even better and that includes investing more into Tyler as they have done over the past decade.
In the past decade McWane has spent $121 million on improvements at Tyler Pipe.
Kenneth's full story on Tyler Pipe's turnaround is in Sunday's Tyler Morning Telegraph.