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In 2018, TAM will celebrate 50 years, which is a milestone in the history of the company. We’re excited to share some of the highlights from those years.

1968 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

1968
TAM International was incorporated in Houston, Texas, as a manufacturer of inflatable packer elements under the name TAM Products, Inc.

1972 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

1972
TAM was purchased by the present owners.

Photo: Larry Sanford

1973 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

1973
The company name was changed to TAM International, Inc.

1974 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

1974
Added field service tools.

1978 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

1978
Developed the Casing Annulus Packer (CAP) product line for annular gas migration control.

1980 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

1980
Opened a manufacturing and repair facility in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, known as TAM International Oil Services, Ltd.

1983 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

1983
Developed the TAM-J, a downhole tool with a setting mechanism featuring a resettable, inflatable production/treating packer. Developed the Port Collar and Combination Tool for stage cementing 18-5/8 inch casing.

Photo: Port Collar

1984 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

1984
Provided hydrological test tools to Nevada Test Site for nuclear waste storage. Opened a sales, service, and repair facility in Aberdeen, Scotland called TAM International North Sea, Ltd., to service the oil and gas industry in the North Sea region.

Photo: Aberdeen, Scotland Facility

1985 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

1985
Ran the first inflatable packer on coiled tubing.

1986 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

1986
Built a new manufacturing facility consisting of a 4,000 square foot office building and a 24,000 square foot manufacturing building including a machine shop, rubber shop, electronics lab, and engineering.

1990 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

1990
Developed and patented the Casing Circulator.

1993 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

1993
Improved a selective acidizing tool for horizontal wells. Expanded Canadian operations into Estevan, Saskatchewan.

Photo: Estevan, Saskatchewan Facility

1994 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

1994
Implemented a Quality Management Program that was certifiable to ISO:9001. Expanded the Middle East operations by opening an office in Muscat, Oman.

1995 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

1995
Opened an office in Trinidad.

50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

1996
Redesigned the CAP specifically for horizontal well zonal isolation.

1997 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

1997
Opened an office in Jakarta & Balikpappan, Indonesia. Expanded U.S. operations into Louisiana. Implemented a Quality Management System for ISO 9001:1994 certification.

Photo: Jakarta, Indonesia Facility

1998 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

1998
Introduced the retrievable open hole whipstock packer and VE element. Expanded operations into Africa by placing personnel in Hassi Messaoud, Algeria. Achieved full certification to ISO 9001:1994 standard.

Photo: VE Element

2000 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2000
Opened sales and service operations in Perth, Australia. Expanded Indonesia sales & service operations.

Photo: Perth, Australia Facility

2001 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2001
Built a new corporate office and doubled the size of the manufacturing facility in Houston, Texas. Developed the premium thread Combination Tool for horizontal completions.

2002 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2002
Introduced SlikPak™ slickline conveyed thru tubing packer setting tool. Achieved a major breakthrough in high expansion thru tubing technology.

Photo: SlikPak System

2003 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2003
Developed the TAM JUMBO-J for high-load, high tensile strength, multiple-set testing and treating applications in large diameter casing and open hole. Achieved full certification to ISO 9001:2000 quality standard.

2004 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2004
Opened an office in Dubai, UAE. Opened an office in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Established TAM International Asia Pacific Ltd Pte.

Photo: St. John's, Newfoundland Facility

2005 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2005
Introduced the FREECAP swellable packer.

2006 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2006
Introduced the Hatch Packer tool, featuring unified construction that incorporated the TAM Port Collar and TAM Casing Annulus Packer (CAP). Introduced SlikPak Plus. Opened an office in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Photo: HATCH Packer

2007 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2007
Introduced the 9-5/8” metal-to-metal seal Hatch Packer. Opened an office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2008 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2008
Opened an office in Baku, Azerbaijan; Opened an office in Qatar. Completed purchase of 26 acres of land to build new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant. Opened an office in Poza Rica, Mexico. Developed the TripSAVR™, a new external-inflate packer with a 14-1/2” VE element that enables offline, surface-testing of BOP/riser connections.

Photo: Aerial view of future site of Mfg. Facility

2009 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2009
Established TAM de Mexico. TripSAVR™ named finalist for 26th annual Woelfel Best Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award. TripSAVR™ named  finalist for 2009 World Oil Awards in Best Drilling Technology Category.

Photo: TAM de Mexico

2010 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2010
Developed the FREECAP GT (Geothermal) and FREECAP Clamshell Swellable Packers. Opened an office in Roma, Queensland, Australia.

Photo: FREECAP GT

2011 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2011
Expanded the TAM North Sea office in Aberdeen.

2012 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2012
Built a new Canadian manufacturing facility in Calgary. Opened a new regional office in Latin America (Bogota, Colombia). Broke ground on a new manufacturing facility in Houston. Opened an office in Dickinson, North Dakota (TAM Completion Systems).

Photo: Calgary, Canada Facility

2013 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2013
Opened an office in Midland, Texas (TAM Completion Systems). Opened a new office in Erbil, Iraq. Expanded operations by opening a new office in Dubai, UAE. Opened a new 126,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Houston. Received a LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the renovation of the Sales/Marketing office.

Photo: Houston Manufacturing

2014 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2014
Received a LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for construction of the new Houston manufacturing facility. Opened an expanded office in Denver, CO.

2015 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2015
Opened offices in Roma, Australia and Stavanger, Norway. Introduced a Premier Cementable PosiFrac Toe Sleeve and the FastSwell FREECAP Technology. Introduced our V0-Rated Cementing Port Collar.

Photo: PosiFrac Toe Sleeve

2016 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2016
Received the 2016 Meritorious Engineering Award for Hydraulic Fracturing/Completions from Hart Energy for the PosiFrac Toe Sleeve Technology.

2017 - 50 Years of Service to the Oil & Gas Industry

2017
Introduced Casing Annulus Packers with the Deadbolt™ Valve System. Opened a new manufacturing facility in Obninsk, southwest of Moscow.