CLEVELAND - Lamson Vylon Pipe, a unit of Lamson & Sessions Co. of Cleveland, rehabilitated 2,350 feet of clay sewer line in Renton, Wash., with a Vylon PVC sliplined pipe. The work took eight hours. The Vylon pipe, with a diameter of 21 inches, was installed in 15-foot sections through a single entry pit. The pipe was slipped inside a deteriorating, 24-inch clay pipe.
The pipe runs above the aquifer that supplies drinking water to Renton, a suburb of Seattle. Ground water had been infiltrating the sewer pipe.
Sliplining allows for the installation of a new pipe, inside the old pipe, with no disruption of roads. Several factories in the area, serviced by the road where the installation was taking place, continued to operate without interruption, Lamson & Sessions said.
More than 4.5 million feet of Vylon PVC pipe has been installed in the United States since it was introduced in 1987.
Custom Profiles Inc. expands in Georgia
FITZGERALD, GA. - Fitzgerald-based profile extruder Custom Profiles Inc. recently added square footage, lines and employees.
The company added 15,000 square feet to give Custom Profiles 38,000 square feet. This freed up space for processing equipment, allowing the firm to add its seventh line in May. according to Barry Yeager, plant manager. As a result, six employees were added to the staff of 38.
Custom Profiles invested $700,000 in the building and equipment to increase business in the southeastern United States and to support the existing work-load. The firm makes custom parts and uses any material. The biggest customers are second-tier automotive suppliers, plus the construction market.
Custom Profiles reported sales of $4.5 million for the year ended Dec. 31.
Eagle Pacific sees first-quarter gains
MINNEAPOLIS - Pipe extruder Eagle Pacific Industries Inc., which lost money in 1995, credited stable resin prices for its return to profitability in the first quarter of 1996.
Eagle Pacific reported a profit of $949,437 for the quarter ended March 31. The Minneapolis company lost $142,867 in the first quarter of 1995.
The pipe maker consumes about 120 million pounds a year of PVC and polyethylene. The company lost $865,000 in 1995, blaming poor construction weather in the first part of the year, when resin prices were high, and plunging resin prices in the second half of the year. Eagle Pacific was forced to lower prices as the resin price fell, squeezing profit margins.
But through March 31, resin prices were more stable, the firm said. Eagle Pacific recorded higher gross profits, of 26.1 percent of sales in the first quarter of 1996, up from 21.7 percent of sales during the same period a year earlier.
The company said its sales jumped by 75 percent in the first quarter, to $15.9 million, mainly because of the acquisition of Pacific Plastics Inc. in mid-1995.
Casco Plastics adds lines, employees
CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, MICH. - Casco Plastic Tooling Inc. of Chesterfield Township has added three profile extrusion lines and seven employees during the last three months.
The company, which now has nine extrusion lines, would not disclose how much was invested in the new equipment.
``We've had additional business and our customers are pushing us to take in more Tier 2 business,'' said Casco President Charles Snooks. ``About a year ago we took the jump into manufacturing from tooling and our customers keep demanding more.''
Casco has 47 employees, and the manufacturing facility is 22,000 square feet.
The company reported extrusion sales of $1.8 million for the year ended Dec. 31.