Copeland began and remains an applicator of severe service coatings. Our processes included the HVOF, plasma and spray and fuse processes. We have been commended by industry leaders such as Metco, Wall Colmonoy and Doloro Stellite for our early pioneering work in developing many of the processes currently used today. We have worked for all of these years with the singular goal to provide "the finest wear resistant products at the best price and with the best delivery."
Today, Copeland's primary focus is on the manufacture of metal seated valves for the severe service conditions of erosion, corrosion, high pressures and temperatures as well as high cycling, abrasive catalyst metering and gummy materials such as FCCU bottoms.
Recently, Copeland has been asked to develop a variety of new products that address some of the major concerns of the day: fugitive emissions, cost and reliability. One product innovation often leads to the improvement of other lines as well and we are excited about the future of our new product lines.
Several new valve lines address issues regarding even better operation under high cycling conditions in services that involve silica and other small, hard abrasives. Copeland has also developed a mechanism for resolving fugitive emissions issues for valves that must operated reliably for millions of cycles and have less than 100 ppm leakage around the stem area.
Copeland is still located in Houston, TX near the Houston Ship Channel. There are 9 main buildings which include areas for machining, grinding, assembly, test, coatings, spherical lapping, engineering, administration and sales.
1947: The company that is now Copeland Industries, Inc. was established by Mr. Lee Copeland as a welding shop. Later, Lee began experimenting with a "spray and fuse" process that applied nickel based overlays and fused them to the base material. Lee developed specialized equipment and techniques for this process and became well known in the drilling industry with such companies as Schlumberger, Camaron Iron Works, Baker Oil Tools and, later, General Electric and E.I. DuPont.
1982: Lee Copeland and his three sons sold the company to a group of investors which included Mr. Sterling Wommack, Myrv Cron, David J. Devine, Hobby Abshier and Jack Douglas. These men later became members of Copeland first Board of Directors.
1985: John Simmons, a chemical engineer and business major from The University of Texas in Austin, began to work at Copeland after a drawn out downturn in the drilling industry. John's background was as a design engineer for The M.W. Kellogg Company.
1986: John was named President of Copeland and later a Board Member.
1987: Copeland began building a machine and grinding shop. Copeland also purchased its first HVOF machine and later Metco plasma equipment.
1989: Copeland began applying HVOF coatings for the prominent and not-so-prominent metal seated ball valve manufactures of the time including Valvtron (Keystone), VTI (Valvtechnologies), Dresser, Fisher and others. Some of these companies were to become Copeland's future competitors.
1991: Copeland built several valves and signed an exclusive agreement with Phillips 66 (later, Chevron Phillips) to build a series of 3 catalyst feeder valves. This project was very successful in good part thanks to Phillip's Engineer, Mr. Ray Sewell.
1992: Copeland began development of The Power Valve which was to be marketed and sold through Fisher Industries, Inc.
1993: Development of Copeland's BV Series which, subsequently was approved by Bechtel, GE, Nooter Ericson, Black and Veatch, Stone and Webster, Parsons and many others.
1993: Approved by Dresser Industries as a supplier of coatings for the gold mine industry. Later, developed coatings that were the best available for the problems of sulphuric acid and abrasion.
2001: John Simmons asked to serve as an expert witness for Bechtel/Anaconda Project.
2011: Today, John Simmons serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Copeland Industries and is assisted by his son, Austin Simmons, who is in charge of Purchasing. A variety of lines of metal seated valves are sold through sales representatives world wide.