CSR POLYPIPE PLANNING NEW FACILITY

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HOUSTON — CSR PolyPipe plans to build a polyethylene pipe, fittings and valve plant in Gainesville, Texas.

The new facility will consolidate production at four existing plants in Gainesville and Perryton, Texas, and Magnolia, Ark. Production will increase by more than 13 million pounds per year, according to a company news release.

The increased output could propel CSR closer to the top pipe extruding companies. Houston-based CSR PolyPipe tied for 30th place in Plastics News' ranking of pipe, profile and tubing extruders, based on $65 million in sales in the fiscal year ending March 31, 1996.

``Redesign of our work flow through our fittings and valve production will significantly enhance efficiency, capacity and quality of these product lines,'' Mike Hennings, vice president and general manager of CSR PolyPipe, said.

The new plant is scheduled to be up and running by October. The company did not provide information about the fate of the plants to be consolidated — or the employees who work there. Calls to the company for comment were not returned.

CSR PolyPipe is a division of Hydro Conduit Corp., a concrete pipe manufacturer that has been making moves into the plastics pipe business in recent years.

Hydro bought Quail Pipe Corp. in 1994, followed by Poly Pipe Industries Inc. in 1995.

The company consolidated the seven pipe plants it has acquired under the name CSR PolyPipe in 1996.

Hydro Conduit is owned by CSR America Inc., a holding company for CSR Ltd. of Australia.