Since its founding in 1979, Missouri’s Trinity Products has reinvented itself time and time again. The company began as a steel broker before opening a yard and becoming a distributor. Then, about 10 years ago, it transitioned again into becoming a full-on steel pipe manufacture.
Trinity’s move into production occurred as CEO Robert Griggs watched the steel pipe industry and noticed manufacturers were squeezing distributors during market downturns. Further, longtime relationships with mills Trinity bought from would end as the contacts Trinity worked with left those suppliers for new career opportunities. Griggs saw that Trinity needed to become its own supplier out of necessity. “You almost have to be distributing what you make to have any real stability for your future,” he says.