A rich history

Our Company’s vision started in 1880 when Harris F. Underwood moved his family from Alabama to Texas. Harris would work as a cotton merchant until 1904, when financed by his good friend John Murchison and the First National Bank of Athens, he built his first standard density compress in Athens, Texas. Later he expanded the company business to the following points: Granger, Bartlett, Jacksonville, Henderson, Gilmer, Pittsburg, Mt. Pleasant, Commerce, Bonham and Omaha, Texas. In 1922, he decided to sell all of his locations and move his cotton business from the Blackland Belt into West Texas. With the help of others, he built compresses and warehouses in Chillicothe, Quanah, Childress, Memphis, Paducah, Shamrock, Texas with additional locations in Elk City and Clinton, Oklahoma. Harris Underwood would pass away in 1929, but he left the family business to his son, Archie Underwood.

Building an industry

Archie would be known as a man who made a strong contribution to the industrial development of cotton storage in Texas. He continued to expand the business and by 1960 the Company had additional locations in Brownfield, Seagraves, Ralls, Crosbyton, Littlefield, Muleshoe, Slaton, Tahoka, Bovina, Slaton, Big Spring, Lubbock, Stanton, Plainview, Lamesa, O’Donnell, Dimmitt, Floydada, Hart, Lockney, Quitaque, Roaring Springs, Lubbock, and Abernathy, Texas. After Archie’s death in 1975, the separate warehouse companies merged into West Texas Industries.

The legacy continues

In 1984, West Texas Industries was split up and reorganized as The Trinity Company. Since 1987, The Trinity Company has been led by Harris F. Underwood’s great grandson, Fred Underwood. Under Fred Underwood’s leadership, the family-owned company has focused on bringing value to the cotton producer through storage. Now in its 119th year, The Trinity Company manages over 671,500 square feet of storage at seven locations throughout Texas.

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