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Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS), the worlds largest manufacturer of corrugated high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe, has announced the construction of its fourth major manufacturing facility in five years. Following plants built in Jackson, Miss.; Charlotte, N.C. and most recently in Orlando, Fla., this newest operation will be located in Mendota, Ill., approximately 60 miles west of Chicago.
"The growing demand for our N-12 pipe calls for expanding our manufacturing operations to meet the marketplace needs of today and tomorrow," said Jim Baich, vice-president of manufacturing for ADS. "As we purchase and implement the latest pipe production technology, we find some of our existing plants are not physically able to house this equipment. That means we need to build facilities that can incorporate pipe lines capable of producing diameters from 3 inches to 60 inches."
Founded in 1966, ADS began serving the agricultural drainage market through a number of moderately sized plants located predominantly in the farm belt. "As we have grown in our ability to manufacture larger diameter pipe, more and more design engineers have come to realize the benefits of HDPE pipe," said Jim Haag, vice-president of sales. "With new federal regulations regarding Phase II of the Clean Water Act, N-12 pipe with its watertight joints and superior chemical and abrasion resistance, is ideally suited to meet established best management practices."
This 60,000 square foot manufacturing plant will produce both N-12 dual wall and single wall corrugated pipe serving the growing communities of the greater midwest. Used increasingly in underground retention and detention stormwater systems, engineers and architects are now able to maximize increasingly expensive real estate. "Not only do the designers better utilize available land, they do it at an overall savings when compared to traditional alternatives," added Haag.