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Ply Gem consolidates plants, adds roof product


August 8, 2014 2:05 pm ET

Building materials maker Ply Gem Holdings Inc. has consolidated manufacturing operations of two facilities it acquired last year in western Canada.

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India's Astral expanding, signs action star as brand ambassador


August 8, 2014 12:31 pm ET

Indian plastic pipe maker Astral Poly Technik Ltd. is making significant investments in new capacity, including setting up its first plant in South India, as it expects that the country's new government will dramatically speed up home building...

Report: US pipe demand to exceed $63 billion


August 8, 2014 11:02 am ET

The U.S. demand for pipes to carry everything from crude oil and natural gas to potable water and storm water is expected to go up 7.3 percent annually and become a $63.5 billion industry in 2018, according to a new report.

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Crane Group buying PVC sheet pile business


August 5, 2014 4:50 pm ET

Crane Group — which has exited several plastics businesses in recent years — has purchased the PVC sheet pile business of Shoreline Plastics LLC

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Extruder Reschcor building new Indiana plant


August 4, 2014 4:17 pm ET

Plastics extruder Reschcor Inc. is building an 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Bristol, Ind., just nine miles away from its current location, to accommodate business growth and its work force of 80 employees.

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Residential construction set for steady growth


July 31, 2014 10:27 am ET

After a sluggish start to the year, activity levels in the residential construction sector gained momentum in the second quarter of this year. The total number of new houses started in the United States actually declined slightly in the first...

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Pressure is on to replace aging gas pipes


July 30, 2014 2:47 pm ET

Polyethylene is the plastic replacement material of choice for modernizing the natural gas distribution system — so much so some are concerned about resin and pipe shortages.

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Vinyl siding's lead slips, but industry pushing back


July 29, 2014 2:04 pm ET

Vinyl siding continues to be the top cladding choice for home builders and remodelers but fiber cement is gaining ground — at an alarming rate to some PVC extruders — followed by stucco and brick.

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Who are the fastest growing pipe, profile and tubing extruders?


July 28, 2014 3:09 pm ET

Question: What's the word on this week's Plastics News annual ranking of the top Pipe, Profile and Tubing extruders in North America? Answer: Up. Let's take a look at some of the numbers and trends from our respondents.

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Australian trade group battles non-compliant PVC pipe fittings


July 28, 2014 2:19 pm ET

An Australian plastics industry association is battling against imported, non-conforming PVC pipe fittings, but is stymied by a convoluted web of regulatory bodies.

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