TRIC Tools Inc. is a company born of invention. That invention started not only a corporation, but an entire industry that continues to grow to this day. In 1996, when company founder Ward Carter was foreman with an underground construction firm near San Francisco, the term “lateral pipe bursting” was not yet a part of any contractor’s vocabulary. Repair or replacement of a home sewer meant digging it up, in whole or in part, with results that were messy, disruptive, and often incomplete. Then Ward assembled and tested the prototype of what was to become the TRIC lateral pipe bursting system. His father, engineer Robert (Bob) Carter, made drawings and applied the principles of manufacturing that turned the idea into a product. This whole process was not new to the Carters. Bob's father, Mitchell Carter, invented the Coleman Stove, the Garbage Grinder, and Foam Rubber. Innovation just runs in the family.
Next, TRIC pursued patents at home and abroad, and campaigned relentlessly for approval of HDPE plastic pipe in residential building codes. These combined efforts established the lateral bursting industry, and set the TRIC method as the gold standard for trenchless lateral replacement across America. The TRIC formula—tools that are simple, modular, compact, and adaptable—has since been applied to other utilities, including larger pipes of various materials, in commercial and municipal projects around the world.
So when you choose TRIC equipment, you’re getting more than just hardware. You are investing in decades of innovation and field-tested solutions, coupled with an ongoing commitment to product improvement and customer satisfaction.
TRIC has registered both device and method patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. TRIC also holds international patents for device and method in Canada, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and New Zealand. Patent applications are pending in Japan and Norway.
TRIC Tools Inc. invented the first sewer lateral pipebursting system, opening the market for trenchless home sewer replacement.