About TPS

TPS Inc. first started manufacturing insulated pipe supports in 1995, but the story doesn’t start there. Our history reaches back 70 years. Since 1942, the Heckman family has been involved in all facets of the mechanical insulation industry. Our team draws on the expertise and knowledge of three generations of sales, contracting and manufacturing in the mechanical industry.

Three Generations of Industry Experience

Charles A. Heckman Sr.


Charlie worked for 35 years for the E.J. Bartells Co. Starting as a warehouseman in 1942 and retiring as the Chairman of the Board in 1977.

Charles A. Heckman Jr.


Chuck started with the E.J. Bartells Co. as a pipe insulator in 1962 before holding positions of estimator and project manager. Chuck went into mechanical insulation contracting business for himself, starting Industrial Insulators Inc. with a partner in 1987 before starting Heckman Inc. in 2001.

Jeffrey Charles Heckman


Jeff started in 1984 as a pipe insulator with the EJ Bartells Co. before joining his father in the mechanical insulation contracting business he started in 1987. Jeff started TPS Inc. in 1995 and began manufacturing insulated pipe supports. TPS Inc. is now the largest manufacturer of insulated pipe supports on the West Coast.