1938 – The Founding
Hapco, Inc was founded in Akron, Ohio as East Akron Tarp and Awning Co.
1960 – Name Change
The name changed to Tarpco, Inc. in the mid 1960’s as it moved away from awning manufacturing to concentrate in the tarpaulin market.
1960s – Growing
During the next 20 years, Tarpco became one of the largest U.S. tarpaulin manufacturers, with customers in the trucking, trailer, railroad, and custom tarp industries.
1980 – Manufacturing
The first Hapco Rotary Hot Air Welder was designed and manufactured.
1983 – Name Change
As the company entered the plastic welding industry, the name changed to Hapco, Inc. with Tarpco becoming a subsidiary.
1980s – Rapid Growth
Hapco experienced rapid growth during the next 20 years as one of the largest industrial heat tool distributors in North America, with exports worldwide.
2008 – Distribution
Hapco became a master distributor for BAK/Dohle Thermoplastic Welding Technology AG in both the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South America.
2010 – Shale Gas and Oil
Hapco actively engaged in sales and service of plastic welding, extrusion welders, and pipe fusion equipment to the shale gas and oil industry, including ancillary power generation products.
2011 – World’s Largest
Hapco acquired American Plastic Welding Technologies, Hewitt, TX to become the largest BAK distributor in the world.
2013 – Expansion
Hapco added sales offices in California and Canada.
2016 – Premier Service Dealer
Hapco named Honda Premier service dealer while continuing to grow and develop new products in new markets throughout the Americas.