Our History

Nothing Happens Unless You Make It Happen.

TPM founder Jerry Cooper grew up just south of Piedmont. His father, a mill worker and part-time minister, encouraged strong morals and a positive outlook, which his close-knit family embraced. Service to community and country, faith in the inherent goodness of people and doing the right thing were the foundation of Jerry’s family life, values that continue to play a critical role at TPM, along with another Cooper family dictum: never stop learning.

Jerry’s natural business sense, curiosity and desire to improve every customer’s experience were present from an early age. As a young teenager working in his uncle’s department store, Jerry quickly recognized the importance of asking the right questions to identify and support each customer’s vision, whether that was buying a beautiful new dress or creating unprecedented growth for their company.

This early experience and his own character helped Jerry recognize another opportunity that would change his life. Working as a draftsman, Jerry realized printing blueprints might be a lucrative way to enable him to pay for college to pursue an engineering degree. Already dedicated to embracing change, Jerry purchased his first blueprinting machine, set up shop and TPM (The Print Machine) was born.

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

In the 1970’s, as TPM established roots and began its incredible growth, 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 3-D drafting of Autodesk and SolidWorks, which now bring innovative designs to life, with incredible clarity and precision.

The same is true today. Innovation is constant, and leadership in design and print means moving quickly, embracing change and always learning new technologies. The motto TPM shares with the Cooper family plays a role in our success here; at TPM, we expect every employee to follow Jerry’s lead – never stop learning.