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[ BRECHEEN PIPE AND STEEL ]

Woman-owned business supports community, builds strong relationships WHEN DON BRECHEEN founded Brecheen Pipe and Steel in 1980, he laid the foundation for the small family-owned business to grow into one of the most dominant steel distributors in the Gulf Coast region. The Port Allenbased company provides carbon, galvanized steel, stainless, aluminum and alloy steel to the petrochemical, marine, fabricator, refinery, pulp and paper, sugar, and construction industries. In the 40 years since it opened, Brecheen Pipe and Steel has remained in the Brecheen family, and since 1995 it has been managed by Danielle Brecheen, Don’s daughter, who grew up learning the industry from her parents. Before retiring, Danielle’s sister and husband also worked for the company.

Brecheen Pipe and Steel’s products, used by some of the largest plants in the Gulf, include a full range of flat, plate, tubing, pipe, grating, bar and structural items. The company also offers plate flame cutting services, plasma and oxyfuel services, cutting slip and spectacle blinds, gussets, parts, and some decorative items as well. Just some of the ways these steel products are used include building structures in plants, oil field storage tanks, bridges, elevators and railway cars. Brecheen attributes the company’s growth and profitability to a number of strategies that underpin the products the company buys and sells, the employees who provide services, the relationships they build with their cli-

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ents, and the role the company plays in the local community. “We work in a very competitive market,” she says. “We’ve done a remarkable job of getting contractual agreements with large companies as well as securing day-to-day maintenance business. We compete every day with companies that have multiple branches throughout the U.S. The company prides itself on delivering high-quality products. Brecheen has built long-standing, trusting relationships with many U.S. steel mills, each of which has an excellent product record. “Our steel is high-quality and mechanically strong,” she says. “There is no better steel in the world than what is made in our country. That’s why I

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spend more on better-quality steel and let that work its way into my supply chain rather than bringing cheaper substandard products into the market.” All of Brecheen’s products are 100 percent traceable, as well. Indeed, increasing concerns of accountability have led to advanced technology that enables tracking of various heat numbers and countries of origin via mill test reports. Brecheen strives to make this process seamless. Brecheen Pipe and Steel strives to be a just-in-time vendor and keeps products stocked in inventory so they can respond to a client’s needs quickly. Because clients’ work is not limited to 8-to-5 hours, neither is Brecheen’s— and the company offers after-hours,

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1988 Brecheen Pipe and Steel was awarded one of its many big contracts—Dow Chemical—which is still in place.

1980 Don Brecheen founded Brecheen Pipe and Steel, and was a primary supplier to the marine industry.

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2000 The company saw exponential growth due to hard work and determination.

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