J.C. Whitlam Manufacturing Company was founded in 1900 on a single product, Tyte-Unyte® Pipe Joint Compound, and for the first thirty-eight years, it was the company’s only product. Today, J.C. Whitlam Manufacturing supplies over 300 chemical specialty products, many of which are related to pipe joining. The company has a proud history of ownership and management by the same family with operating responsibility now in the hands of its third generation.
J.C. Whitlam Manufacturing is one of the few remaining independent family businesses in the plumbing industry, especially among manufacturers. The company’s past history, present health and dynamic condition illustrate that not all family businesses have to forgo their dream: sales have increased every year since 1955, and the company has been in the black since 1950.