Walter Girdler and his partners formed the Pipe Bending Process Corporation in Louisville, Kentucky, USA in 1927 as the first American manufacturer of seamless forged pipe fittings. It was renamed Tube Turns in 1928. In 1953 Tube Turns became a division of National Cylinder Gas Company which is renamed Chemetron Corp. in 1958. Tube Turns became a leader in supplying fittings and flanges to the pipeline and energy industries through multiple manufacturing plants located in North America and Europe. The company's nuclear fittings division supplied the US Navy with specialty fittings used in USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear powered submarine. The nuclear fittings division also supplied its specialty fittings to numerous civilian power plants in the USA and abroad.
In 1956 Tube Turns formed the Engineered Products Division (EP) and started the closure manufacturing business by introducing its yoke style closure. The company introduced the T-bolt closure in 1961 and monolithic insulated joints in 1962. The Company's bi-metallic transition joint, introduced in the 1960s, is a specialty flange that enables our customers to connect carbon steel pipes to aluminum pipes at Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities worldwide. All of these products remain in production today. With the acquisition of Chemetron by Allegheny Ludlum in 1977 Tube Turns became part of Allegheny's Metals Group. In 1983 Sumitomo Corporation acquired Tube Turns from Allegheny. In 1988 the Company exited the commodity fittings and flange manufacturing businesses when it was purchased by Group Financial Partners with its headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, USA which later became known as Sypris Solutions.
The new ownership has enabled Tube Turns Division to primarily focus on its core competencies to expand our product line to keep pace with the changing requirements of the industries we serve. The Company has continued to innovate and develop new products over the last several years. Today we are the only company in the world that designs, manufactures and markets five different types of end closures to fit popular pipeline sizes and pressures to fit virtually every application while meeting our customers' budget requirements.