New Georg Fischer piping site gets 'Tanked'

By Catherine Kavanaugh
Staff Reporter

Published: August 1, 2014 1:21 pm ET
Updated: August 1, 2014 1:29 pm ET

Image By: Georg Fischer LLC Georg Fischer LLC is building a huge aquarium at its California facility in order to educate customers about some of the plastic pipes, tubes and valves it makes.

Related to this story

Topics Plumbing

A huge aquarium under construction at a new California facility for Georg Fischer LLC will help educate school customers about some of the plastic pipes, tubes and valves made by the business unit of Switzerland-based Georg Fischer AG.

It will make a splash with television viewers too.

A crew from the hit reality show “Tanked” filmed the aquarium installation for an episode of the Animal Planet series expected to air on Oct. 10.

In its fourth season, the show follows the antics of the family that owns Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) as they build some of the world’s most specialized custom aquariums and exhibits. Think giant tanks in shapes of a gumball machine for a diner, treasure chest for a children’s hospital, and prop for escape artist Harry Houdini with a life-size statue of the late magician upside underwater wearing a straight jacket and ankle shackles. That one was for actor Neil Patrick Harris.

Now think even bigger, like a 1 million-gallon holding facility for dolphins at Sea World. The chain of marine theme parks happens to be a customer of both ATM, a Las Vegas-based business owned by brothers-in-law Wayde King and Brett Raymer, and GF Piping Systems as it’s called in the industry in North America.

U.S. operations for Georg Fischer also include manufacturing locations in Easton, Pa., and Dallas, which ranks 28 among pipe, profile and tubing extruders. The Easton site makes PVC and chlorinated PVC pipes for industrial applications. The Dallas site makes large-diameter polyethylene pipes and fittings for water distribution. The company has estimated sales of $150 million.

In California, GF Piping specializes in plastic parts for aquatic, energy, refrigeration, microelectronic and life science applications. After 35 years in Tustin, the business moved to a larger 115,000-square-foot facility about 10 miles away in Irvine, in part to have space for a demonstration room to show how its products operate in life-like settings.

“The aquarium business is a major market for us,” Brian Gordon, product marketing manager said, in a telephone interview. “Sea World is a big customer — those kinds of aquariums. We’ll have an interactive demo display so customers can come in and see a huge fish tank with all of our valves, automation and piping.”

The demonstration room has also a refrigeration unit lining a wall like you see at a grocery store for customers in the food industry and a high-purity water system used to make semiconductor chips for high-tech clients.

Gordon said GF Piping invested more than $5 million into remodeling the building, which also doubles the office spaces, triples the fabrication departments, and has a training room for up to 100 people.

“We do a lot of custom fabrication here,” he said. “We make custom parts and prefabricate sections of piping. We make manifolds so customers don’t have to do it in the field in the dirt. We make complicated spool pieces in house and ship it to them. All they need to do is bolt it together.”

GF Piping ran out of room to grow at its previous location, according to James Jackson, who was recently named the head of the Americas business unit.

“GF already has a significant U.S. footprint with many locations across the country,” Jackson said in a news release. “The new site allows us to further increase our presence on the West Coast by providing additional custom manufacturing, training capabilities and expanding personnel as needed.”

About 110 employees work at the site. Gordon said there is room for another 40.


Comments

New Georg Fischer piping site gets 'Tanked'

By Catherine Kavanaugh
Staff Reporter

Published: August 1, 2014 1:21 pm ET
Updated: August 1, 2014 1:29 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Market growing, but compounders say customers remain 'cautious'

November 27, 2014 6:00 am ET

Everywhere they've looked, North American compounders and concentrate makers have seen numbers on the rise in 2014.    More

Image

Plastics News Now: Recycling machine dispenses food for stray dogs, cats

November 26, 2014 6:00 am ET

A PET bottle recycling vending machine is providing food and water for stray dogs and cats, a plastic tire is looking to replace rubber pneumatic...    More

Image

Globalization brings sizable growth, primarily in Asia

November 25, 2014 1:40 pm ET

In 1990, the year after Plastics News published our first issue, there were 33,000 injection molding machines sold worldwide. Fast forward to 2013,...    More

Image

Material Insights: Evonik attempts to replace microbeads

November 24, 2014 11:48 am ET

News on a plant opening, a plant closing and an investor's cease fire with Dow Chemical, this week on Material Insights.    More

Image

Residents ask court to close pipe maker

November 21, 2014 3:22 pm ET

Residents living by National Pipe & Plastics Inc.'s new factory in an industrial zone of Endicott, N.Y., say the facility has “devastated the ne...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events