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A History of Excellence

The Cottle family has been in the business of lightning protection for four generations. In 1976, Oran Cottle and Thomas J. Cottle, Jr. came together to form Quality Lightning Protection, a company that would grow into a leader in lightning protection in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic United States.

In 2015, Thomas J. Cottle, Jr. passed away. Tommy, as he was affectionately known, was born on Thanksgiving in Turkey, NC. He began working in the family business when he was just a teenager and stayed there for the rest of his life. He was a self-made, astute, and dynamic businessman who never accepted failure. He felt a sense of responsibility to his family, to his employees, and to his employees' families.

Mr. Cottle's powerful presence still looms large over the company, even in his passing. We operate QLP under the same principles that defined his leadership: excellence in service, quality, and customization. We take great pride in being a small, family-owned business. It means we can provide personal attention and a high level of communication to each of our contractors and clients.


Our Teams

Project Planning

Our highly skilled and experienced project planning team is responsible for making sure each system is perfectly suited to the project at hand. Our estimator has over 30 years' experience at QLP and certifications in both estimation and inspection, and our project planning team as a whole boasts an impressive portfolio.


Installation is the most important step in our process, so we only trust the very best to serve our clients. Our senior lead installer has over 40 years' experience at QLP and a wealth of knowledge in commercial installation systems, inspections, training, and supervising. Our team of lead installers each have between 4 and 17 years' experience at QLP.

Professional Staff

Our team of hardworking office employees handles everything from taking your calls and answering your questions, to reviewing bids and responding to requests for proposals. With decades of combined experience at QLP, they keep us going behind the scenes so that the rest of our team can focus on serving you out in the field.


Our fabrication team boasts decades of experience. The team works from a fully-equipped machine shop with plating facilities, pointing machinery, punch presses, and cable stranding machines. We also have a complete casting facility for aluminum, bronze, and lead casting. Our shop manager has been with QLP for more

than 25 years.

The QLP Difference


Our designers, fabricators, installers, and professional staff have many decades of combined experience across every industry, sector, and building type.


With in-house designers and builders, we can tailor to exact architectural and technical specifications — no matter how unique or challenging.


We set the standard for problem-solving and responsiveness. You won't find any automated attendants here.


Quality is in our name for a reason. We are dedicated to excellence from design to building to installation.

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