Steel Industry

Specializing in turnkey engineering and refractory services.

SteelIndustry_StaticPicThorpe is a major service provider for refractory and mechanical projects in the industrial steel processing and metal forming/heat-treating industries in the southern United States.

As a major service provider to these industries, Thorpe specializes in turnkey projects.   Acting on behalf of the owner, Thorpe undertakes project management, arranges for construction materials and labor, including sub-contractors, and ensures acceptance of the project by commissioning of component systems and certifies completion. Our turnkey projects may also include follow-on contractual services, such as testing, training, logistical, and operational support. Turnkey project advantages include savings in costs and/or time, access to proprietary systems not otherwise available, special expertise for construction methods, simpler contractual arrangements, and allocation of entire responsibility to one contractor from project conception through acceptance and commissioning procedures.

Our capabilities in two key market segments include:

Steel Mills

  • Reheat furnace refractory, mechanical and steel fabrication
  • Precast-prefired refractory shapes
  • Furnace component fabrication and installation
  • Skid pipe/Walking beam fabrication and installation

Heat Treat/Forging Industry

  • Furnace engineering, fabrication and installation
  • Mechanical component fabrication and installation
  • Refractory repairs

Thorpe has approximately 13,000 sq. ft. of shop area to fabricate any type of project. An additional 5,000 sq. ft. dedicated to our machine shop is available for job shop type work. This facility gives us the flexibility to control a fabrication project from start to finish.

Production equipment conception is one of the main capabilities that Thorpe offers. Our staff engineers and fabricators cover most major disciplines to form a quality project team for most any project. We have years of experience in this area including successful high profile projects.

Thorpe specializes in quick turnaround jobs for outages and shutdowns, as well as normal lead time delivery jobs for maintenance and construction projects. Common machining services supplied by Thorpe include concept assistance for prototype equipment, reverse engineering, tool and die manufacturing, jig and fixture manufacturing and parts assembly.


In this unprecedented time, Thorpe wants to express its dedication to maintaining a safe and clean workplace for our employees, and consistent service for our customers. We must all take action and do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. To effectively combat this, it’s imperative we unite with our communities and implement procedures that prioritize those around us. 

Thorpe understands the situation is quickly changing, and there is no way to predict what the upcoming weeks or months may look like. We can, however, ensure our continual evaluation of COVID-19 and the alteration of preventative measures as needed. In the end, our goal is to protect our staff and continue to provide services to our customers. For more information, please contact us at (713) 644-1247.