HISTORY

The James C. White Company was established in June of 1952. Jim White moved to Greenville, SC from his home in Tennessee and his job with Union Carbide Nuclear – Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His distributorship of compression tube fittings began as a '49 Dodge, the basement of a rented house, and a five state territory. However, the new enterprise also began with a number of major accounts including the Oak Ridge Lab and the Savannah River Plant in Barnwell, SC...

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TRIBUTE

James Courtney White 1920-2005

If you were enjoying a workday lunch at the Colonial Drugs meat-and-three or the Ramada buffet in Greenville in the 1970’s or 1980’s, you may have heard a strong, clear voice in the booth behind you tell of two American Indians trying to find their way through the woods and back to their village. You may remember the punch line… “Teepee lost, tribe lost, but chief never lost”. The capable personality behind that tale of confidence was that of Jim White, founder of the manufacturing firm that still bears his name...

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FACTORY

On most every industrial site of a U.S. process plant you will notice the distinct punch pattern of round and square holes on exact one-inch centers that is the immediate indicator of Instrument Support Tray. Every piece traces its roots back to the original design by James C. White of the James C. White Company and the TUBETRACK product line. We are the original. We continue to play that role well.

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HISTORY

The James C. White Company was established in June of 1952. Jim White moved to Greenville, SC from his home in Tennessee and his job with Union Carbide Nuclear – Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His distributorship of compression tube fittings began as a 1934 Hupmobile, the basement of a rented house, and a five state territory. However, the new enterprise also began with a number of major accounts including the Oak Ridge Lab and the Savannah River Plant in Barnwell, SC.

Two years later the company also became a manufacturer, designing a new product line and making the simple, early versions TUBETRACK. In doing so, Jim White created the industrial category of Instrument Support Tray. He trademarked the brand name and patented elements of the system. The new idea proved to be a good idea. In addition to government nuclear work, early customer lists soon included power generation utilities, paper mills, chemical plants and the contracting companies that provided mechanical installations for those companies.

The young manufacturing operation moved out of the house and into to a rented warehouse building. The product line expanded from simple angle to several sizes of channel in a variety of metals, splices and connecting bends of all patterns, and clamps to fit all tube and tray sizes. In the 70’s the product line further expanded to incorporate the requirements of new nuclear plant construction which was reaching a peak in the U.S. at that time. The operation expanded again in 1977-78 as the company built its own 54,000 sq. ft. facility which remains the company base and operations center today. And after years as a partnership, James C. White Co. incorporated in 1985.

James C. White, the founder and president of James C. White Co., Inc., passed away in December of 2005, a few days before his 85th birthday. He was active in company operations and planning and product planning until the last week of his life. Since that time the company has fully completed the transition of ownership and management and is continuing business and expansion in the directions established under James White’s leadership. The company remains a closely held, private corporation. It remains independent while doing business in a friendly, professional, and open manner with all the different types of companies that are involved with the process industry and instrumentation and control, including endusers, A/E Firms, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and fellow manufacturers. You will find that this independent status allows us to think ‘long term’ in relation to all of our business relationships. And presently, in 2007, the company is announcing CABLE-RACE™, a new tray system for electronic and fiber-optic instrumentation and control.

Thank you for your interest in our company and thank you for being part of our proud history. We look forward to a long and productive future together.

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TRIBUTE

James Courtney White 1920-2005

If you were enjoying a workday lunch at the Colonial Drugs meat-and-three or the Ramada buffet in Greenville in the 1970’s or 1980’s, you may have heard a strong, clear voice in the booth behind you tell of two American Indians trying to find their way through the woods and back to their village. You may remember the punch line… “Teepee lost, tribe lost, but chief never lost”. The capable personality behind that tale of confidence was that of Jim White, founder of the manufacturing firm that still bears his name. From June of 1952 to December of 2005, he was the ‘chief’ and he ran the organization every day with the same “can-do”, “never-panic” attitude of the character in the story. If you spent even a brief time with him during any of those years you would remember him. And you would remember him as a historian that was extremely well read and knowledgeable on Western Civilization. You would have considered him a Biblical scholar—always quick to cite an obscure verse to aptly punctuate the conversation at hand. It seemed any matter that came before him in the course of a business week could be rationalized with a reference to the experiences of Abner of 2 Samuel, Napoleon’s brother Joseph, or one of the other names from his limitless list of protagonists from the past. This ability gave him the perspective to look past the symptoms and peripheral confusion of any issue and immediately address the core conflict of the matter. It helped him to always have an answer for any situation.

As a local business owner he was a local employer and seemed to relish this portion of his CEO role. So many stories in the Greenville area and the Southeast start out… “I needed a job and I went to see Mr. White”. At that point the stories differ. One may go on to tell how Jim immediately dropped everything he was doing and traveled across town to interview you for the rest of the day. Another may continue saying how Jim invited you to his house on Saturday morning and interviewed you over breakfast, dressed in his pajamas and bathrobe. Whether he hired you or not, Jim White would have used his intuition, his connections, and his resources at hand to start you on a path toward the best likely career for you—and he might well have become one of your first clients in that new career. If he hired you, you probably stayed with his company for a number of years.

James C. White’s tireless attention to detail served the worlds of American Process Industry and Industrial Instrumentation and Control well, and it quickly became well known in those circles that you could count on Jim White to hold up his end of any bargain. Those good qualities spread to his company and to the product line that he developed. They both became known for their consistent quality and good service. When you ordered from James C. White, the material that he sent you never contained a surprise. The holes lined up like they were supposed to, the shipments arrived when they were promised, the various components assembled quickly to keep installations on schedule, and, even years later, the finished projects would have the appearance that you envisioned from the very start. James White was QA before the term was popular. From the very first days of the organization he was adamant about documentation, record keeping, and inspection. No manager ever began his management duties in the company without first believing that people will do, “not what you expect, but what you inspect.”

Jim was a working man that never retired and only grudgingly took vacations. He relished the company of fellow workers—anyone and everyone that would accept the responsibility of getting a job done. “Anyone” and “everyone” might mean the white-collar engineer in a high-rise in a big city, or a fellow self-employed owner of a small mom-and-pop enterprise working late hours at a remote jobsite, or a young man starting out and attempting to be invaluable to a new employer. In any and every case, Jim White identified with the necessity of making something happen and felt comfortable in the company of those who sacrificed to build things right.

Mr. White’s professional journey began with being in the first graduating class of Chemical Engineering majors at the University of Alabama in 1942. He was a Lieutenant, a landing officer, and an engine room engineer in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He was employed by the American Locomotive Products Co., Beaumont, TX Iron Works Div., Hudson Engineering in Houston, TX, and the Union Carbide Nuclear, Oak Ridge, TN, National Laboratory before founding his company. He was so very typical of the generation that saved the world and made this country prosperous, while at the same time staking his claim as an original. He developed the TUBETRACK product line and created the industrial niche of instrument and control support tray systems.

If you knew Jim White as an employer, business associate, fellow church or civic organization member, friend, parent, or grandparent, you will undoubtedly remember the generous, sincere, and casual social attitudes that he exhibited. And you can certainly remember Jim telling you to come by anytime—that the “latch string was on the outside.” If you took him up on his offer and were fortunate enough to spend some time with him, then his dynamic personality would have found its way into your everyday life and would in some measure be with you today. Likewise, the James C. White Company, Inc. continues to grow and strengthen with the rules, priorities, cautions, and determination that James C. White instilled in the organization. His spirit will always be our guide. Chief never lost.

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FACTORY

On most every industrial site of a U.S. process plant you will notice the distinct punch pattern of round and square holes on exact one-inch centers that is the immediate indicator of Instrument Support Tray. Every piece traces its roots back to the original design by James C. White of the James C. White Company and the TUBETRACK product line. We are the original. We continue to play that role well.

You will notice the traits of an original in all your dealings with our manufacturing operation. Originals are first. But more importantly, originals have a typical personality. Whether you are talking about an individual or a company, originals tend to be quality conscious, technically strong, customer oriented, and are, by definition, innovative. It’s the way we are, the way we work.

Quality conscious: TUBETRACK is our name, it’s our baby. We want it to be right. Technically strong: Engineering is prominent in all aspects of our company including ownership and management. Customer oriented: Real life industrial requirements dictated our primary idea in the beginning years and now they guide expansions of the product line and improvements to individual components. Innovative: We solve problems by designing answers. We create opportunity by making something new. There are 50 years of answers designed into the TUBETRACK system and a new system being announced this year with details available in the CABLE-RACE™ section of this website.

Our headquarters, manufacturing operation, primary stock, and technical support are all located in our 54,000 sq. ft. factory building in Greenville, SC. Our newly re-arranged production floor features an efficient mix of new CNC machinery, modernized heavy machinery, and all manner of traditional metal-working machine shop devices dedicated to the long running production procedures of our well established product line. Our capabilities are strong in forming, shearing, punching, bending, milling, drilling, stamping, welding, shaping, turning, and assembly. All shop disciplines are backed up with planned maintenance schedules and careful attention to performance during operation.

All components are produced here or in concert with a proven supplier base that works from our dies and/or our exact specifications. All components are produced strictly according-to-drawing with close tolerances. We inspect, audit, and calibrate. The result is consistency—a consistency in manufacturing that you can count on, project after project, and a consistency that means quick installation and a neat finished job for you every time.

Well planned stock and accurate shipping are also major ingredients in keeping any job on schedule. Substantial computer space and planning time is dedicated to the record keeping and forecasting of material requirements in order to have the footage and items that you need in position and ready for shipment to your location. The new shop floor plan features a lot of material handling muscle and convenience to aid the accuracy of shipments. In addition, our order processing procedures are complete with double checks all along the way.

Our factory is also available to you. The toll-free phone, e-mail, fax, and local phone connect you with the entire service aspect of our organization. Sales, Engineering, production planning, inventory planning, and QA are involved moments after your request arrives. Beyond routine and efficient order and quotation processing, we offer quick response on technical questions, requests for special components, and requests for custom manufacturing work. We look forward to hearing from you. We look forward to being involved in your immediate situation and being part of your solution.

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