The group of companies now operating as the TF Warren Group began their journey in 1971 when Terry Warren started the first company of the group.
Warren began by developing a new specialist protective coating application company for the steel industry. With the sustained growth of its initial activities, the rubber lining and polymer divisions were added to the group. The steel tank fabricating and plate processing lines were subsequently added in both the US and Canada.
In 1983, Warren founded Blastco in Brantford, Ontario specializing in field blasting and painting of water towers, aboveground storage tanks, bridges, dams, sluice gates, and other steel structures.
In 1989, after recognizing the effect of environmental legislation and increasing costs of field surface preparation and coating applications, Warren formed the shop application company Blastech. The environmentally controlled, 75,000 sqft., indoor facility (situated on 10 acres) was one of the first of its kind in Canada and specializes in abrasive cleaning of steel and application of industrial protective coatings for plate, pipe, structural steel, and miscellaneous fabrications.
In 1998, Blastco relocated to the US and began operations in California. Shortly thereafter in 2001, they were awarded their first contract in Texas forming Blastco, Inc. before becoming Blastco Texas, Inc. in 2006. Blastco continued to perform field coating applications in more climatically ideal conditions. Both locations have expanded their services to include maintenance and repair for many of their projects. They are SSPC QP1 and QP2 certified and recently became the first contractor to acquire the NIICAP accreditation for contractors from NACE.
In 1999, Warren purchased Brant Corrosion Control in Brantford, Ontario. Brant was founded in 1984 as a two man operation with a 1,500 square foot facility. Building a reputation through specialty applications of rubber linings for small parts, Brant purchased more facility space to accommodate large scale projects such as tank interiors, pipe sections, and specialty fabrications. Brant expanded its service line with the addition of liquid coating and powder coating applications. Recognizing the need for protective coverings for industrial rolls, Brant also added a roll shop where rubber and polyurethane coverings are designed and formed.
TF Warren Group was formed in 2000 to consolidate the operations of several companies under the control of Terry Warren, President and CEO.
After much success with Blastech’s plate line, Warren created Blastech Mobile LLC, a new and improved fully automated line for blasting and application of pre-construction primers located on the outskirts of Mobile, Alabama. The joint venture company with SSAB became operational in 2003 and quickly became a highly sought process for the storage tank and marine industries.
In 2007, Tarsco, a tank company known for maintenance and repair was acquired. Under TF Warren Group, Tarsco expanded its services to include engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction of aboveground storage tanks. With this addition, TF Warren Group was able to offer customers a Single Source Solution using the complementary services of Blastech, Tarsco, Blastco, and depending on the project, Brant.
The TF Warren Group expanded its product and service line substantially in 2015 beginning with the asset purchase of USA Tank, now known as Tarsco Bolted Tank, based in Goodman, MO. The purchase added liquid and dry bolted storage tanks as well as sidewall tank insulation systems. TF Warren Group has developed the tank insulation service into a separate operating company, Globaltherm, to offer a much wider range of applications such as for spheres, pipe, vessels, drums, and other specialty applications.
Mid-2015, Atlas Tank was created as a union tank erection contractor who is signatory to the NTD Boilermakers Agreement for both new construction and tank repair. Atlas Tank is able to manage either welded or bolted tank projects.
In October 2015, Total Plate Processing, a fabrication facility for burning, cutting, and rolling steel plate, was built adjacent to the Blastech Mobile plant in Axis, Alabama. Having the complementary services at the same location offers a significant cost savings and improved service to the tank industry. In early 2016, Premium Plate Supply was formed to provide steel supply services, including blast and prime, as well as high definition plasma cutting and rolling. All of these services are now offered through a single source.
Blastech recently completed a major expansion to meet the industry demands for interior coatings and rubber linings of steel tank cars. The railcar services facility is certified with the Association of American Railroads for mechanical and lining services.
Our continued growth has now expanded into the Eastern and Western Hemispheres making us a global corporation. The TF Warren Group confidently offers a single source of service to the various aspects of the storage tank and terminal industries who have eagerly awaited the arrival of this cost saving model.