AKRON, OHIO - Two companies making plastic-based systems to repair sewer pipes - one from high density polyethylene, the other from PVC - reported passing sales milestones recently. Hydro Conduit Corp. of Houston reported its U-Liner pipe rehabilitation system has passed the 2.5 million feet mark of installed lines in June. U-Liner uses an HDPE system to fix pipes, mainly deteriorated sewer systems.
The technology was introduced in 1988 by Pipe Liners Inc. of New Orleans, which Hydro Conduit acquired this year.
Installations averaged 65,000 feet per month in the first half of 1995, said Ron Metzger, Hydro vice president and manager of the new Pipeline Rehabilitation Division. Hydro officials believe sales will reach 5 million feet by the end of 1997, as new markets emerge such as gas distribution and potable water.
U-Liner is installed by a network of licensed contractors, nationwide.
In Cleveland, PVC pipe extrud-er Lamson & Sessions Co. re-ported its Lamson Vylon Pipe unit recently received orders exceeding $1.2 million for large-diameter slip lining projects in Wisconsin and Louisiana.
The process converts existing concrete, clay or iron sewer line into a new PVC pipe. Over the past year, Lamson Vylon did more than $2 million worth of slip lining pipe in Florida and Texas.