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About Thorpe Corporation

Thorpe Corporation, through its subsidiaries J T Thorpe Company and Thorpe-Sunbelt, specializes in the design, engineering, and installation of high temperature, severe service and complex refractory linings, insulation systems and acid resistant masonry for the industrial end-markets, including the petrochemical, refining, steel, alumina, waste incineration and utility industries.

Thorpe Corporation Headquarter Location

6833 Kirbyville

Houston, Texas, 77033,

United States

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The man who helped Thorpe take his first steps out of the closet

May 14, 2022

Advertisement It was in the midst of a heaving Mardi Gras house party in Darlinghurst a few years back when Ian Thorpe beamed to me about his first serious boyfriend. Indeed, the “Thorpie” I was chatting to seemed more at ease with himself than he had ever been in our previous exchanges. I was genuinely happy for him. Credit:Ken Butti At that point I was yet to meet the young man who had captured the Olympic legend’s heart, which was still in a delicate state after having come out gay on national television to Michael Parkinson , resulting in a blaze of headlines. While the closet had been well and truly opened for Thorpe, it was unclear how the family-friendly image Thorpe Inc had assiduously cultivated over so many years would survive. Those who know him best say he had been under immense pressure for many years - largely from himself - to keep such matters private. Understandably, Thorpe was still gingerly taking his first steps into the spotlight as a gay man, having previously wrestled with the demons that sadly are still inherent with such a process still to this day; demons which only get louder when you are as famous as he is. So, it was heartening to see how smitten he was. A short while later the handsome man at the centre of our conversation - Ryan Channing - came over. Ryan Channing - on left - and his party posse. Credit:Ryan Channing/Facebook Seven years younger than Thorpe, Channing was a part-time model and law student, and clearly socially adept, confident, charming, vivacious and at ease mingling with people from all walks of life, even nosey gossip columnists. Advertisement Channing and his posse of young party buddies soon moved on, at which point Thorpe looked at me with a knowing expression, smiling broadly he leaned into my ear and whispered “see what I mean?” I indulged him in his “trophy boyfriend” moment. At his age, I would have been just the same. That was in 2015. Last week the news emerged that Channing had died in Bali last Sunday, aged just 32. His mysterious death - now the subject of social media conjecture - quickly became a news story largely thanks to his relationship with Thorpe. They had been a high-profile couple for four years, during which time they were staunch supporters of marriage equality, becoming engaged and openly discussing their plans to have a surrogate baby together, even visiting a clinic in Los Angeles. While the details of Channing’s death are unknown, sadly his connection with Thorpe meant the news travelled fast across digital media which was reporting on it even before some of Channing’s wider family had been informed, according to his brother Jake. The couple went separate ways in 2019, but Thorpe has retained ties with members of Channing’s family, maintaining a respectful silence while the family comes to terms with the sudden loss. No doubt it is a time of great reflection for Thorpe too, given how pivotal the relationship was in helping him forge an authentic version of himself to share with the world. His transformation did not go unnoticed. Even Woman’s Day wrote about it: “The confident new Thorpie is like a butterfly coming out of its cocoon.” But of course, Woman’s Day being Woman’s Day, the magazine couldn’t help itself, adding: “friends, who say when he started to date model and law student Ryan in 2015, were so worried he’d get his heart broken they considered an intervention.” One of those supposed “friends” divulged: “They were emotional days, with everyone putting in their two cents worth that the glamour boy was using Ian for his celebrity status and would leave him in tears when the novelty wore off.” Well, despite the thinly veiled moralising, the “novelty” lasted a respectable four years, and survived plenty of attempts to derail it. Two days after the night Thorpe introduced me to Channing, The Daily Telegraph published a photograph on its front page featuring photos of Thorpe reportedly refusing the offer of a “white pill-like object” later on the night of Mardi Gras. The story was again dredged up within hours of Channing’s death becoming public, with the usual confected and rather homophobic outrage outlets like The Daily Mail do so well. Thorpe later told me it was a mint when I directly asked him. He remained circumspect about the entire episode, telling me: “I don’t want anyone else to try and define who I am, I can do that myself.” Sadly for Ryan Channing, he no longer has that option. Save

Thorpe Corporation Acquisitions

1 Acquisition

Thorpe Corporation acquired 1 company. Their latest acquisition was Blagrave & Duffey on August 23, 2011.

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8/23/2011

$99M

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8/23/2011

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$99M

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