In 1933, when the "Pipeline Era" was just beginning, Mr. A. S. Crutcher, Mr. E. L. Rolfs and Mr. J. D. Cummings formed a partnership in Houston, Texas. A.S. Crutcher was an equipment salesman, E. L. Rolfs was a field engineer for a coating manufacturer and J. D. Cummings was an engineer/inventor. These three men were brought together by the special equipment requirements of the contractors who were to build the first major pipeline in the Middle East.
Following the successful completion of the first major Middle East pipeline, Crutcher- Rolfs-Cummings, Inc., (CRC) accelerated its activities in the worldwide oil and gas pipeline equipment. They concentrated in the sales and/or rental of all specialized machinery necessary for the construction of pipelines. Much of this equipment consisted of valuable patented inventions, which were manufactured in the company’s fabrication complex in Houston, Texas.
Gradually the company added to its highly specialized list of manufactured products, revolutionary tools such as the "Kelly Ripper". This was an attachment to Caterpillar tractors for the pre-ripping of pipeline ditches before excavation, distributed worldwide through Cat dealers.
From this beginning sixty-eight years ago, the name "Crutcher" became a watchword in the Middle East and throughout the world as more CRC pipeline construction equipment was developed for various other contractors. Industry-wide recognition of the "Crutcher" name continued to grow.
Among other pipeline construction equipment developed was Bending Machines, Bending Mandrels, Coating and Wrapping Machines, Internal Line-up Clamps, Cleaning and Coating Machines and Dope Kettles. The company also invented and sold and/or rented a host of other support items.
As Crutcher-Rolfs-Cummings, Inc. continued to add to its line of pipeline and other related construction items, the firm became the acknowledged leader in this highly specialized field. Mr. A.S. Crutcher eventually acquired the company’s interest held by his two partners and the company continued to operate under its well-known name-CRC.
At the age of 27, Mr. Carey Crutcher succeeded his father, (A.S. Crutcher) and was named President of the company in 1963. Under his direction, the company positioned itself for a period of diversification and growth. Crutcher-Rolfs-Cummings, Inc. became the parent company for several privately held firms with operations in the oil and gas industry. In 1933, when the "Pipeline Era" was just beginning, Mr. A. S. Crutcher, Mr. E. L. Rolfs and Mr. J. D. Cummings formed a partnership in Houston, Texas. A.S. Crutcher was an equipment salesman, E. L. Rolfs was a field engineer for a coating manufacturer and J. D. Cummings was an engineer/inventor. These three men were brought together by the special equipment requirements of the contractors who were to build the first major pipeline in the Middle East.
CRC-Crose International then acquired Houston Magnetics. Immediately following this acquisition, Carey Crutcher as Chairman of Crutcher Resources Corporation, directed Houston Magnetics to research and develop a marketable automatic welding machine, which would simplify the welding together of large diameter steel pipe joints with the minimum use of manpower.
Successful field testing of the machines was achieved in 1970. At that time the company entered into an agreement with Brown And Root, Inc., for the exclusive use and licensing rights to the automatic welding equipment for offshore pipeline construction.
To this day, this revolutionary automatic welding equipment is used extensively throughout the World with only limited changes to its original design, for both onshore and offshore pipeline construction. This welding machine was developed as a result of the foresight of Carey Crutcher, coupled with extensive, dedicated research and development and a large investment commitment.
In 1977 Crutcher-Rolfs-Cummings, Inc., the family owned company, sold its controlling interest in the shares of Crutcher Resources, Inc. listed on the American Stock Exchange with revenues of $63,000,000.00. In March of 1982, and upon the expiration of a five-year non-competition agreement, the company reentered the pipeline equipment business through an acquisition of the assets of Midcon Pipeline Equipment Company of Houston, Texas.
In August of 1988, the company was reorganized as Carey Crutcher, Inc. with the headquarters and fabrication complex based in Fulshear, Texas, which is located 35 miles west of Houston, Texas. Now a third generation, Carey Crutcher III has succeeded his father as President and Clay Crutcher is Vice President. Continuing the family tradition of patenting new pipeline equipment, in 1995, Lane Beakley, Carey Crutcher III and Clay Crutcher received a Patent for the "Smart Automatic Clamp". This clamp automates the Internal Pneumatic Line-up Clamp, which has been operated manually for forty years. Carey Crutcher, Inc. refuses to be complacent and to depend on the theory of "The old reliable equipment" is good enough.
With new technology, research and development and the valued input from our customers, CCI continuously improves our products and tailors our equipment to meet the specific demands of our customers. We continue to make our equipment the "Best It Can Be!".
In 2001 look for Carey Crutcher Inc. to introduce various cutting edge technology equipment innovations to help improve the production of pipeline construction companies Worldwide.