FRP and Force Main Pipe: Debunking the Myth that Long Term Savings Cost You More Money Upfront

Oct. 13, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Participants earn one Professional Development Hour.

Webinar Overview:

Register today to see the next generation of fiberglass pipe and learn why one regional wastewater treatment services provider made the decision to use FRP for a force main project. Find out how the decision saved the organization money upfront and long-term. Hear from Thompson Pipe Group, makers of FLOWTITE® FRP, and discover why more engineers are specifying FLOWTITE® for force mains. Get insights into the benefits of fiberglass and get your questions answered by a Thompson engineer.

Company Profile

Headquartered in Southern California, Thompson Pipe Group is a manufacturer of reinforced concrete pipe and box, and FLOWTITE® and other pipe solutions for storm water, water transmission, sewage, and industrial applications. Thompson has offices in California, Louisiana and Texas, and is one of few American-owned companies with the ability to manufacture and supply water/wastewater piping in the United States and Canada.


Mike Leathers, Vice President, Thompson Pipe Group

Mike Leathers serves as executive vice president for Thompson Pipe Group, the manufacturer of FLOWTITE® FRP in North America. With more than 20 years in the heavy building materials industry, Leathers is passionate about the importance of water transport, and enjoys working with organizations to find long-lasting, effective, affordable solutions. His primary focus is to grow the company through education and sales of composite pipe in North America for water and wastewater applications.

Prior to joining Thompson, Mike was president of Hanson Engineered Products, which included Hanson Pressure Pipe and the Canadian gravity division in reinforced concrete pipe in Ontario and Quebec. He now serves on the American Society of Civil Engineer Task Committee on Sustainable Design of Pipelines, and is a member of the University of Texas at Arlington Civil Engineer Advisory Board. Additionally, he previously served two terms as past chair of the American Concrete Pipe Pressure Association.  

Jeff LeBlanc, Engineering Manager, U.S. Composite Pipe South

Jeff LeBlanc is the engineering manager for U.S. Composite Pipe South, the licensed manufacturer of FLOWTITE® Fiberglass Pipe for North America. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Louisiana.

Jeff has more than 16 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry. For the past decade, he has worked in the design, manufacture and installation of fiberglass and polymer concrete pipelines for water, sewer and hydropower utilities. His expertise is in flexible pipe design and long-term performance of composite pipe materials.

He is an active member of the ASTM committees on Plastic Products (D20) and Plastic Piping Systems (F17). In addition, Jeff is a contributing member of three ASCE pipeline committees. These committees include thrust restraint design for buried pipelines, sustainable design of buried pipelines and water pipe condition assessment guidelines.

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