...we are a collection of focused people with passion for teamwork in order to provide our customers with the best products and service possible.
Hello, my name is Al Wilson. I am the Founder and President of Tri-State Pump & Control, Inc., known by most as TSP. Thank you for visiting us online and thanks for being curious “About Us”. I wish I could tell you that TSP is the result of a well-planned journey with a clearly defined destination in mind from the start but nothing further could be from the truth. When I look back over the past 40 years or so, I realize that I have been extremely blessed to have special people and key events placed in my path that mapped my journey and defined who TSP and I are today.
This journey began in my mind in the early 80’s, while as a high school teacher and coach, I dreamed of starting my own business and desired to be surrounded by people with focus who possessed a passion for teamwork. TSP evolved out of an irrigation installation company I started shortly after leaving the education field in 1985. After spending almost 10 years designing and installing irrigation systems, I found myself most interested in the pumping systems that supplied the water for these systems. So, TSP was incorporated in 1994, for the purpose of building and servicing pump systems for the irrigation market. In February of 2000, we built and moved into our current location with 16,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space situated on 5 acres just outside of Clemson, SC. By 2003, our reputation for service had grown and we were fortunate to be appointed the exclusive distributor for Rain Bird Golf Irrigation products for North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. In 2008, after only 5 years with Rain Bird, we were recognized as their North American Distributor of the Year.
2008 proved to be a pivotal year for TSP as Jacobsen appointed us their turf equipment dealer for both North and South Carolina with the exception of the coastal counties. To support this new opportunity, we purchase 7 additional acres that included an additional 16,000 square feet of warehouse space located adjacent to our existing 5-acre campus. In 2010, our success in selling and supporting their products, led Jacobsen to expand our territory to include all counties in both Carolinas.
So here we find ourselves in 2019, celebrating our 25th anniversary and growing once again. Our Jacobsen territory has been expanded to cover Southwest Virginia, Georgia and select counties in Northern Florida and we are busy readying ourselves to support these new areas. Since that first move in 2000, our campus has grown to over 12 acres and over 40,000 square feet of office, manufacturing and warehouse space. This growth and any success has been made possible because of those “focused people with a passion for teamwork” that I have been blessed to be associated with. The most significant of those people is Janet, whose picture you will find on the Staff page. Janet and I met in homeroom in the 7th grade and now have been married for 41 years. We are the proud parents of two children and six grand children. Her love, faith, guidance and a strong accounting background has been the foundation for any of my and TSP’s successes.
Who is TSP? We are a company who manufactures pump systems and distributes turf maintenance equipment in the Carolinas and bordering states. But more importantly, we are a collection of focused people with a passion for teamwork in order to provide our customers with the best products and service possible.
Al and his wife, Janet, founded Tri-State Pump & Control, Inc. in 1994. Together, they have been married 41 years, established a successful business, raised a healthy family, and are now enjoying the grandparent life with their six beautiful grandchildren.