Platinum Pipeline, Inc. is a General Engineering Contractor located in Livermore, CA specializing in the construction of underground pipeline systems. We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of safety, efficiency, and customer service in the industry. Platinum has never had a lost-time accident since its inception. We have always finished a project on schedule, in fact, most projects are completed well ahead of schedule. The majority of our customers are return clients who welcome us with open arms.
One of our philosophies at Platinum Pipeline is: “life is long, we’ll meet again.” This means that we know we are in a small, specialized industry and we will see again the various people who we have worked with on past projects on future projects. Whether that person is in a different position within the same company, at a different company, or still in the industry in a different capacity, we want them to recognize and remember Platinum Pipeline and our employees as the company and people who they know they can trust to get the job done with the highest levels of safety, efficiency, and customer service. Those individuals know from past experience that our exceptional commitment to safety and ability to work self-sufficiently and resourcefully allows them to focus on other aspects of their project.
Platinum Pipeline, Inc. was founded in 2006 by brother and sister, Manuel de Freitas and Lisa Sundberg. Prior to starting Platinum Pipeline, Lisa and Manuel gained valuable experience in the Pipeline industry while working for their father, Manuel M. de Freitas, at MJB Pipeline which was founded and highly successfully managed by their father for over 35 years. Manuel and Lisa worked closely with their father on a daily basis while at MJB. He taught them the valuable lessons in the pipeline industry that only a father could provide. Among many other things, he taught them that hard work and dedication, respect for others, relationship building, and the will to always find a way to get the job done while providing the best customer service in the industry, will lead to future success. It turns out that Manuel Sr. was right… Platinum Pipeline started in the heart of the great recession and flourished through it while others that had been in the industry for decades were closing their doors. Manuel and Lisa continue to carry the passion for the pipeline industry from their father to Platinum Pipeline.
Platinum Pipeline won its first contract in 2007 – a $130,000 Community Center project in Dublin, CA as a subcontractor. Shortly thereafter, they won their first contract as a General Contractor with the Town of Novato. This was a $175,000 contract that was scheduled to take 45 days to construct. While working closely with the Town and its project manager through great coordination, the project was completed in less than one week. Needless to say, the residents who lived on that street and the City officials were extremely pleased. It was in 2008 when Platinum Pipeline began to take shape. With his longtime friend and fellow hard worker Keith Romick by his side, Manuel and Keith constructed a $750,000 project at Chabot Community College, nearly by themselves. Shortly thereafter, Manuel and Lisa hired a very experienced and talented estimator, Larry Fillmore, who has helped take Platinum Pipeline to the next level. Larry has continued to bid jobs successfully while maintaining excellent customer relationships. He provides superior knowledge and experience, having estimated in the pipeline industry for over 30 years. It was also in 2008 when Platinum hired its very experienced and dedicated workforce. These men are the unsung heroes of the Platinum Pipeline team. It is their hard work and dedication in the extreme climates that provides Platinum with quality workmanship.
In 2009, Larry won Platinum its first one-million-dollar contract with OC Jones and Sons at the Port of Richmond, along with several others.
Platinum Pipeline was awarded one of its largest projected in 2011 as a subcontractor by Top Grade Construction at the Staples Ranch Project in Pleasanton for $4.5 million dollars. With close coordination with Top Grade, Platinum Pipeline was able to complete the anticipated six-month installation of all underground pipeline systems on the project in under four months. This precise coordination and cooperation, combined with the knowledge and experience of the Platinum team, enabled Top Grade to pave the project ahead of schedule and complete prior to the winter months. This ultimately allowed the Owner to construct their buildings through winter utilizing the all-weather roads.
Since the completion of the Staples Ranch project, Platinum Pipeline has continued to win multi-million-dollar contracts with various local public agencies and general contractors. As the workload increases, Platinum Pipeline continues to be proactive with its highest level of customer service. In 2015, Jeff Stover was hired as the Director of Business Development and Estimator. He brings years of experience, having worked for one of the largest general contractors in the area for over a decade and managing projects of up to $40 million dollars. Jeff is a perfect fit at Platinum Pipeline as a talented manager with great communication skills and a passion for customer service.
Since its inception in 2006, Platinum Pipeline has continued to provide the highest level of efficiency and customer service in the industry, enabling us to build strong relationships and withstand the worst recession in American history.
Platinum Pipeline holds the highest level of safety and customer satisfaction as its main priorities. We strive to continue to build strong relationships with our customers and also with our extended team of banking, surety, and accounting personnel. While we continue our unique combination of conservative and aggressive growth strategies, we desire to remain the industry’s best underground pipeline system contractor, regardless of our size. We promote quality, over quantity – Platinum Quality, Platinum Pride.
Our strategy at Platinum Pipeline is multifaceted:
1. Maintain the highest level of commitment to safety
Undeniably, we are in an industry where accidents can happen. Our low experience modification rate and safety history with no lost time accidents speak for themselves. We highly value the safety record that our employees help to protect every day, and it’s a way of life at Platinum Pipeline.
2. Build a solid reputation through excellent customer service and strong relationships
One of the keys that has kept Platinum Pipeline successful through the great recession is the ability to build strong relationships with its customers and extended business partners. As a newer company starting out, potential customers had to solely base their contracting decisions on our reputation. By providing the highest level of customer service and partnering with our clients, we have developed an unmatched reputation of the highest standard in our industry
3. Get the job done!
If you’re looking for a contractor to beat the tightest of schedules on your project, you have now found them. Our company is one of a dying breed in the industry. We pride ourselves on getting the job done faster than any of our competitors without sacrificing the highest levels of safety and customer satisfaction. We understand that time is money… for all parties involved. The quicker we can get in, get out, and get you on your way to building the remainder of your project, the quicker we have met our goal of another satisfied customer.
4. Life is long… we’ll meet again
This means that we know we are in a small, specialized industry and we will see again the various people who we have worked with on past projects on future projects. Whether that person is in a different position within the same organization, at a different organization, or still in the industry in a different capacity, we want them to recognize and remember Platinum Pipeline and our employees as the company and people who they know and trust to get the job done with the highest levels of safety, efficiency, and customer service. Those individuals will know from past experience with us that they can now focus on the many other aspects of their project because they have comfort in knowing that Platinum Pipeline works independently, resourcefully, and without oversight.
We are very fortunate at Platinum Pipeline to have some of the most skilled and experienced professionals in the industry. From our labor force to our office staff and executives, our entire team embraces the Platinum Pipeline name and meaning with their exemplary professionalism.
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