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About the NASPD
The NASPD is a national trade association representing the steel pipe and tubular products distribution industry and its related businesses. Our Association has gained recognition for providing a forum for pipe distribution companies and related industry professionals worldwide. The NASPD creates a professional atmosphere for our members to gather and share their thoughts and varying perspectives on the industry. Our association has served as a home for seasoned experts in the industry and a training ground for those who are new to the industry. Members are offered numerous networking and educational opportunities, which in results makes the industry stronger as a whole.
The NASPD was founded by Pete Knowles and Jerry Rubenstein in 1975. The formation of the NASPD sparked, when Knowles and Rubenstein recognized the need of an association where pipe distributors could gather to meet others in the industry, exchange knowledgeable information and reinforce relationships. The formation of the NASPD took place on April 17, 1975, when Knowles and Rubenstein hosted a cocktail party that 51 companies attended; at the Hilton Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. During the social event, the 68 attendees voted on the formation of the NASPD.
Since its inception in 1975, the NASPD continues to provide our members with valuable resources to build their business and promote the many facets of the industry. In keeping our commitment to provide education to our members, NASPD hosts a convention and two conferences each year. In addition, the Association provides two very successful courses that industry leaders look to for training staff. These annual courses are the Steel Pipe Basic Course and OCTG Specialty Course. NASPD professionals developed and published two extensive textbooks that are used in these courses: Tubular Products Manual and The Fundamentals of Steel Pipe.
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