J.T. Thorpe &  Son, Inc. (JT THORPE) is the oldest and largest refractory contractor in the United States. We are engineers and contractors of refractory, fireproofing, acid proofing and coatings services.

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  • 1906

    J.T. Thorpe & Son, Inc. (JT THORPE)

    JT THORPE was founded in San Francisco, CA to support the rebuilding efforts following the massive 7.8 magnitude Great San Francisco Earthquake.

  • 1922


    JT THORPE was incorporated as J.T. Thorpe & Son, Inc. JT THORPE headquarters were located in Emeryville, CA.

  • Mid 1900’s

    Regional Refractory Contractor in Bay Area

    From 1922 to 1988 JT THORPE continued its service as a regional refractory contractor in the bay area of California.

  • 1988

    Headquarters Moved

    JT THORPE moved its corporate headquarters from Emeryville, CA to Richmond, CA.

  • 1992

    1st Regional Office

    JT THORPE opened its first regional office in Los Angeles, CA.

  • 1993

    Western Expansion

    JT THORPE opened its Tucson, AZ and Salt Lake City, UT regional offices after being awarded major projects in both areas.

  • 2005

    Established Maysville Office

    After completing a large Circulating Fluidized Bed Boiler project in eastern Kentucky, JT THORPE opened its regional Maysville, KY office.

  • 2013

    Eastern Expansion

    JT THORPE acquired the assets of VJ Mattson Company and opened its Chicago, IL regional office to serve the refining and cement industries in the Midwest.

  • 2013

    Further Expansion

    JT THORPE furthered its expansion by opening regional offices in Baton Rouge, LA and Pittsburgh, PA.

  • 2014

    Pittsburgh Fireproofing Shop

    JT THORPE established a fireproofing shop in Pittsburgh, PA to execute a large LNG Plant project.

  • 2015

    Acquired Geo. P. Reintjes Co., Inc. & NUCO International, Inc.

    JT THORPE acquired the assets of Geo. P. Reintjes Co., Inc. & NUCO International, Inc. to further its expansion in California and Illinois.

  • 2017

    Opened Philadelphia Office

    JT THORPE opened its Philadelphia regional office to serve the refractory demand of the eastern refineries.

  • 2018

    Expanded Services

    JT THORPE acquired the assets of Pacific Titan, Inc. and California Sandblasting & Coating, Inc. to improve service offerings to customers.

  • 2018

    Opened Houston Office & Fireproofing Shop

    JT THORPE opened its Houston regional office along with the fireproofing and coatings shop to service the Gulf Coast market.

  • 2018

    Pacific Northwest Expansion

    JT THORPE acquires the assets of Baker Industrial Services to better support existing customers and enter the pulp and paper end market.

Our Mission & Values

Our mission is to be North Americas leading specialty contractor; creating long-term value to clients through our high standards of safety, engineering, quality, professionalism and customer service. We accomplish our mission by living by our core values:


To provide a safe work environment living Beyond Zero Harm.


To provide the best value for our customers.


To provide quality products and services through effective QA/QC programs.


To conduct our business in a professional and ethical manner.


To treat our customers, suppliers and employees with dignity and respect.


To challenge our employees to achieve their full potential and devote their best efforts to our company and customers’ success.

Innovation & Improvement

To continually refine, innovate and improve.

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