Columbia Specialty Company was founded in
1962 by Walter Kent and Jack Burmeister, piping supply men who originally
distributed stainless steel piping to the oil refineries and the chemical
and power industries in Southern California.
In 1975 Columbia Specialty moved into the
location that still remains home to the Company, a 15,000 square foot
facility in Paramount, California. During the late 1970's and 1980's
Columbia expanded it's operation to include a machine shop with the
capability to make specialty pipe fittings and modified piping products. It
was during this time period that Columbia began to develop a reputation for
the ability to supply almost anything relating to industrial piping systems
with the attitude of "if you can't find it we'll make it!"
Throughout the 80's and into the early
1990's Columbia Specialty continued to develop as one of the premier
suppliers of stainless steel and alloy piping products and also began
offering welding fabrication to compliment the machine shop. Columbia
Specialty expanded the customer base to include the petro-chemical, power,
aerospace, marine, water filtration and commercial construction industries.
We also serve customers with special piping challenges and environments. Our
welders are ASME Section IX certified and our machinists are experienced
The turn of the century saw new ownership
and expansion at Columbia Specialty. In 2001 Columbia Specialty purchased
StainSteel a stainless steel piping distributor located in Downey,
California. In 2002 Columbia made substantial investments in carbon steel
piping inventories and a new fleet of delivery trucks. We also purchased
Plumbing World in Long Beach, California
and entered the plumbing distribution business. In 2004 Columbia purchased
Azusa Pipe and Tube Bending located in
Azusa, California. Azusa Pipe and Tube Bending began bending and
coiling pipe and tube in 1953 and compliments Columbia Specialty Company's
fabrication capabilities. Columbia Specialty opened a new branch in
September of 2007 to serve Northern California from West Sacramento.
The last 6 years have seen 800% growth and our workforce has grown from 12
to over 60 associates.
Throughout our history Columbia Specialty
Company has developed a reputation for quality of product and service, we
strive to satisfy our customers, representing quality piping products and
meeting our fabrication and delivery commitments. We will continue to make
these values our top priority as we continue to grow our business.