Our History

Nothing Happens Unless You Make It Happen.

TPM was founded with $700 in 1973 by a man who does not lose. The sheer will of Jerry Cooper made TPM the business it is today.

Jerry credits his passionate, driven spirit to his father, a mill worker and part-time minister who encouraged strong morals and a positive outlook. Jerry grew up just south of Piedmont with a close-knit family that valued service to community and country, faith in the inherent goodness of people and doing the right thing. This foundation continues to guide TPM, along with another Cooper family dictum: never stop learning.

At an early age, Jerry demonstrated his natural business sense through curiosity and careful attention to others. As a young teenager working in his uncle’s department store, Jerry genuinely desired to improve every customer’s experience—and he did! He recognized the importance of asking the right questions to identify customer needs and then responded with personalized support.

Jerry’s experience, insight and character would allow him to identify and embrace promising business opportunities later on. While working as a draftsman, Jerry realized printing blueprints could be a lucrative way to pay for college and pursue an engineering degree. Already dedicated to embracing change, Jerry purchased his first blueprinting machine, set up shop, and just like that, TPM (The Print Machine) was born.

 
Early TPM Building
Original TPM location with Jerry Cooper's car pictured.

From the moment TPM established its roots, the business experienced incredible growth. This was in the 1970’s when architects, engineers and designers were still drafting by hand, but change was on the horizon and Jerry could see it. He predicted the innovations that would cycle through Letraset, desktop computers and ultimately the 3D drafting of Autodesk and SOLIDWORKS, which now bring innovative designs to life, with incredible clarity and precision.

Jerry’s foresight keeps our company focused. Innovation is constant, and as TPM leads the way in design and print, we must move quickly, embrace change and continue learning new technologies. Amidst the “always learning” culture at TPM, our solutions and offerings have stayed true to their original mission. We’ve remained focused on the industries that have gotten us to where we are today while also looking for additional opportunities to grow each of our customers in their respective fields.

The motto TPM shares with the Cooper family has been pivotal to our success at TPM, we expect every employee and client to follow Jerry’s lead – never stop learning.