International Pipe & Supply
3300 Aluma Valley Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73121
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oldest Known Steel Pipe Business Owner Turns 99.
Click the following link for Photo: Al Karchmer’s Photo
Alfred H. Karchmer will be celebrating his 99th birthday on September 21, 2019. Known to be the steel industry’s oldest living CEO, Karchmer has never stopped building on his family’s legacy.
Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Karchmer descends from a line of history makers. His father, Louis, was a Russian immigrant who founded the downtown-based Karchmer Iron & Metal Company, while his mother, Rose, served as President of the National Council of Jewish Women, was instrumental in organizing the WIC program on a national level (which supplied milk products to underprivileged mothers with infants), and had a profound influence on the founding of Oklahoma City’s Philharmonic Symphony, being installed as an Honorary Board Member.
Al Karchmer loved music from an early age and studied violin at The Juilliard School of Music in New York City. After being drafted to fight in World War II, Karchmer left to serve for nearly 2 and a half years in the Pacific. Upon returning to the US, he graduated with a degree in business from the University of Oklahoma.
He spent most of the 1950s and 60s residing in Los Angeles, but later returned to OKC and founded International Pipe & Supply, LLC, which recently celebrated its 41st anniversary. Through perseverance and dedication, Al successfully grew International Pipe & Supply into one of the leading steel pipe distributors in the United States.
“I can’t help but remember the company’s beginnings, when we had one acre of rented land, one person working in the yard and one part-time employee in the office with me,” said Karchmer. His son, Don, who now serves as President & COO, joined the company in 1985.
Today, the business has over 35 acres of steelyards in Oklahoma City, OK, plus three sister companies, Bison Pipe & Supply, in Jerome, ID, Bigfoot Pipe & Piling, Seattle, WA, and K2 Pipe & Steel, in suburban Tulsa. They also have additional yards in Texas, California, Arizona, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Karchmer’s passion for his company has never ceased. A hard-working family man who still comes into the office five days a week and he remains actively involved in daily operations and sales at the company he’s worked so hard to build.