AMERICAN Ductile Iron Pipe and AMERICAN SpiralWeld Pipe (ASWP) Marketing Services retiree Ralph Carpenter was inducted into the Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association’s (STI/SPFA) Hall of Fame in April 2022. Carpenter served as chair of the Pipe Section of STI/SPFA from June 2009 to January 2016, and helped establish the organization’s Marketing Committee, which helped promote steel pipe and steel products in the marketplace. He joined AMERICAN in 1992 and retired in 2017, after a 25-year career with the company.
“Ralph helped create STI/SPFA’s Steel Facts Series as part of his involvement with the Marketing Committee,” said Kyle Couture, ASWP Territory Manager, who also serves on the STI/SPFA’s board of directors and chairs the organization’s Steel Pipe Section. “The initiatives he established years ago are still used today by specifiers and users of steel products throughout various industries. Ralph was truly a champion of steel pipe and products.”
Carpenter had 31 years of industry experience when he first became involved with STI/SPFA. He previously held committee and board positions with the American Water Works Association and the American Society of Civil Engineers, including co-chairing the ASCE Pipelines Conference in 2008 and serving as chairman of the ASCE Pipelines Division in 2012. In addition, Carpenter served as chairman of the Pipeline Division for the North American Society for Trenchless Technology.
“I was absolutely thrilled to receive this honor and had no idea I was being nominated,” Carpenter said. “The plaque I received is proudly displayed on my desk in my home office, and an identical one will forever be seen on the Hall of Fame wall at STI/SPFA’s headquarters outside of Chicago, Illinois. It was a privilege to be involved with STI/SPFA and see the steel pipe and products webinar series launched during my time and to know the fact sheets I helped to develop are still in use today.”
STI/SPFA is a nonprofit trade organization whose member companies fabricate steel tanks, pipe and pressure vessels for use in the petroleum, food, water and chemical processing industries. STI/SPFA also provides a Quality Certification Program to ensure pipe fabricators meet certain quality requirements. ASWP holds this certification, which is a requirement in most piping specifications in the U.S. water transmission industry. To learn more, visit steeltank.com.