JM Eagle Expands HDPE Production to Meet Demand in Northern Markets
New lines promise enhanced distribution to upper United States and Canada.
LOS ANGELES--June 7, 2012—JM Eagle, the world’s largest manufacturer of plastic pipe, is expanding production of solid-wall high-density polyethylene at two of its plants to meet demand in northern U.S. and Canadian markets.
Converting its Sunnyside, Wash., plant from PVC to PE production and boosting the number of PE lines at its Meadville, Pa., plant, the company aims to better serve the customers seeking products for water and sewer, as well as oil and gas gathering. The Sunnyside plant will also produce PE pipe for irrigation and both plants will produce products for power and communication application.
“JM Eagle looks forward to better serving customers in the water and gas markets in the northern part of the country, as well as in Canada,” said Dan O’Connor, JM Eagle vice president of PE sales. “This expansion gives JM Eagle a stronger footprint in PE production and distribution nationwide.”
Production on PE water pipe up to 36 inches in diameter and gas pipe is expected to begin mid- July at both plants, and all lines will be complete by September. The company also plans to manufacture up to 63-inch-diameter water pipe in the future, and is developing PE water pipe in even larger diameters.
The Sunnyside plant previously manufactured only PVC products. The Meadville plant has been producing the corrugated PE product Eagle Corr PE since 2009. JM Eagle had primarily focused its PE manufacturing at its plants in the southern United States.
JM Eagle PE pipe for water and sewer is suitable for municipal and industrial transmission systems for potable water, sewer, drain, mining, irrigation and reclaimed water. It is covered under JM Eagle’s exclusive 50-year warranty, which is explained in detail at www.jmeagle.com/warranty.
JM Eagle pipe for gas is suitable for use in multiple applications for distribution, and oil and gas gathering.
“Now JM Eagle customers in all parts of the United States and into Canada can enjoy the benefits of high-quality, high-performance JM Eagle solid-wall PE pipe,” said O’Connor. “Municipalities and utilities will have better choices in building long-lasting water and gas infrastructures.”