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May 17, 2024 in Blog

The Rigorous World of Steel Pipe Quality Control

#6 • 5/17/24 Steel pipe is meticulously crafted through a rigorous process of quality control, ensuring every pipe meets the highest standards. The journey begins in the steel mill. Molten metal is transformed into ingots, slabs and billets. In order…
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May 1, 2024 in Blog

Navigating the Metal Maze: What You Need to Know About Steel Pipe Specifications

#5 • 5/1/24 Deciphering the language of steel pipe specifications can feel like navigating a labyrinth of codes and numbers. The seasoned experts at International Pipe are your trusted guides. Here’s what you need to know: Steel pipe specifications are…
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April 23, 2024 in Blog

Big Bear Pipe & Steel Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE International Pipe announces strategic acquisition of R.B. Jacobson, Inc., forming Big Bear Pipe & Steel OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – International Pipe and its owner/CEO Donald B. Karchmer are pleased to announce the asset purchase of Big Bear…
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April 17, 2024 in Blog

How to Choose the Right Type of Steel Pipe for Your Project

#4 • 4/17/24 Blog Post 4: How to Choose the Right Type of Steel Pipe for Your Project Selecting the optimal steel pipe for your project requires careful consideration. Function, material, size, standards, environment, and cost all play crucial roles…
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April 3, 2024 in Blog

Steel Pipe’s Manufacturing Journey

#3 • 4/3/24 Blog Post 3: From Molten Metal to Mighty Pipe: Steel Pipe's Manufacturing Journey Have you ever wondered how these ubiquitous tubes go from molten metal to the reliable conduits we know and trust? Step 1: The Fiery…
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March 20, 2024 in Blog

A Kaleidoscope of Choices for Every Project

#2 • 3/20/24 Blog Post 2: Steel Pipe: A Kaleidoscope of Choices for Every Project When it comes to the construction and industrial worlds, steel pipe offers a diverse spectrum of types, each with its own unique strengths and ideal…
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March 6, 2024 in Blog

What is Steel Pipe and Why is it Important?

#1 • 3/6/24 Blog Post 1: The Backbone of Industry: What is Steel Pipe and Why is it Important? Steel pipe, a long, hollow tube made from steel, is one of the most versatile and crucial materials in modern infrastructure…
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March 4, 2024 in Blog

Steel Pipe in the Real World: Beyond the Textbook

3/4/24 Welcome to our new blog series Steel Pipe in the Real World: Beyond the Textbook International Pipe has been a trusted supplier, serving the industry for over 45 years. Now, we're expanding our reach by launching this new blog…
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May 14, 2021 in Blog

Darren’s Desk: Creating a Positive Company Culture

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May 14, 2021 in Blog

Scott’s Thoughts –2021 Blog #1

Topic: Preparation The weather in Oklahoma has been record-setting. So too is the amount of time most of us have spent in our home offices, at our dining room tables, or on our couches attempting to do work equal to what…
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May 14, 2021 in Blog

Darren’s Desk: Update on Market Conditions

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October 27, 2020 in Blog

Oklahoma entrepreneur known as ‘The Man of Steel’ turns 100

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A violinist, a soldier and an entrepreneur… Those are just three of the lives one Oklahoma man has lived in his 100 years. Al Karchmer will achieve a milestone on Monday: He is becoming a centenarian.…
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May 28, 2020 in Blog

Happy 96th Birthday, Al Karchmer!

Oklahoma City, OK (September 21, 2016) – Oklahoma City-based International Pipe & Supply, LLC, a family-owned and operated company with decades of steel pipe distribution experience, celebrated Al Karchmer’s 96th birthday with a party on Wednesday, 9/21/2016. Mr. Karchmer, the oldest…
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

Thank You For 40 Years!

On this day, not only is International Pipe & Supply celebrating its 40 year anniversary but my father, Al Karchmer, the oldest known steel pipe distributor, is turning 98 years old. As I celebrate my 33rd year alongside my father, I…
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

Winners At The Golf Tournament

Our very own Jim Pirrie And Spencer Graves traveled to St. Louis for the 2018 Omega/Sligo Steel Invitational Golf Tournament! They were teamed up with Alpha Steel, and won 1st place-2nd tier! We are so proud!
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

The Leadership Factor Of Kindness

I’ve noticed a trend in posts and articles on social media explaining why being kind is a sure-fire way to be taken advantage of. The subtext is that leaders are too kind when they are agreeable, or when they ignore poor…
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

Choosing The Right Leaders For The Job

In our current business environments, many managers find themselves scratching their head at the dozens of leadership articles crossing their desks in magazines or emails. Even social media now seems to target those of us in management positions with the latest…
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

For Simple Structural, Should You Use Reject?

Through the years Reject pipe has been called everything from Reject, commercial grade, Prime secondary and the like. The truth is “Reject is just that, Reject.” At some point in the inspection process, the pipe did not meet the requirements.…
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

Should We Buy Structural Pipe Inventory In This Market?

Good question… We all know we can afford to buy small quantity inventories on A, B, and C items at higher prices and not get caught with overpriced inventory if the market recoils. So the question is, will prices back…
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

Thank You, Veterans

International Pipe and Supply would like to give special heartfelt thanks to all of those who have served and protected us in the armed forces. We thank you for your service, courage, and sacrifices you have made so that we could…
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

Happy 32nd Anniversary!

International Pipe and Supply would like to wish its president, Don Karchmer, a Happy 32nd Anniversary! There are many words to describe our leader. Valiant, bold, fearless, exact, noble, faithful, compassionate, and many more. Thank you for all you do!
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

One Of Our Own Deployed in Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Alex Weeks, a sales rep for IPS, has been called to active duty with the United States Army/Oklahoma National Guard to help with disaster assistance and recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area. We know that…
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

Love For Houston

International Pipe and Supply would like to voice our deepest concern, and offer our thoughts for a safe and speedy recovery, to the many people in southern Texas who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

8/21/17 Eclipse

During the recent eclipse, our founder, 96 year old Al Karchmer, was verifying that the sun and moon were still out there! He took a look, smiled, and replied, “nothing new” as he went back to selling pipe!
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

Happy 95th Birthday, Al Karchmer!

At 95, Al Karchmer is the Oldest Working Pipe Distributor in the World. And by working, we mean working. In the office every day, Al is still providing guidance and wisdom to those of us fortunate enough to work alongside…
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

Employee News

International Pipe and Supply announces the retirement of Lew Shaw. Lew has managed our Arizona Branch for over 8 years. With over 40 years in the pipe industry, his expertise and first class customer service will be missed. While we are…
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

Generational Communication

Is it a “Millennial thing” or a “refusal to communicate thing?” In my short but long career, I have found that kind, thoughtful, respectful communication seems to work with all generations.  I have found that leadership seems to happen in all generations.  I have…
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

International Pipe Gains CRM, Boosts Productivity with Acumatica

International Pipe & Supply LLC, a family-owned company with decades of steel pipe distribution experience, used SouthWare ERP for the last decade. But the legacy software was extremely difficult to use, lacked a system to track sales leads, and had…
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

Happy Holidays!

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May 26, 2020 in Blog

Pipe Executive’s Business Perspectives Remain Strong Through Time

Al Karchmer was recently highlighted in the Daily Oklahoman. Please click the link below to follow the story. READ MORE
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

Steel Industry Titan Celebrates 99 Years

Al Karchmer celebrated his 99th birthday on September 21.  Click the following link for Al Karchmer’s interview with Oklahoma News 4. Steel industry titan celebrates 99 years
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

Why Steel Pipe Doesn’t Always Follow The Steel Market

Steel pipe is separate from the steel market due to one major factor, steel pipe is price driven by coil versus general steel shape products such as angle, channel, and beam.  Coil must be made from a slab (vs a…
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

Chances To Shine

I am often asked, what can I do to get a promotion or how do I advance or how do I get a raise.  Often times the question is asked by a good associate.  That question has always been tough…
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

Sketch Of Success

So I was asked the other day, what does success look like, that is a tough question to answer.  How do you describe it because it can be different for everybody?  I spent the evening thinking about success.  What is it?…
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May 26, 2020 in Blog

Call Of Duty Leadership Lessons

I have a confession to make.  I play Call of Duty.  I mean, I play a lot of Call of Duty.  I mean, I play way too much Call of Duty, in a competitive online environment.  Now for the confession-I rarely…
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