Rocky Mountain Colby Pipe Co. plans to add PVC to its product mix when its third plant is up and running in June.
The 25,000-square-foot facility in Denver will coextrude PVC cellular-core pipe for drain, waste and vent applications.
The firm initially plans to run two new extruders with an annual throughput capacity of 36 million pounds, according to a company news release. Rocky Mountain's two current factories — one in Denver and the other in Pendleton, Ore. — already produce about 40 million pounds of ABS pipe for drain, waste and vent and chlorinated PVC tubing for hot and cold water distribution.
The company is ``very focused'' on the plumbing industry, Vice President Michael Ross said by telephone April 29.
Adding the ability to produce PVC products will help Rocky Mountain Colby ``be a more important supplier to them,'' he said.
He would not disclose how many employees the new plant will have, but he said the facility will be ``very automated.'' The company employs 30 at its other locations.
Rocky Mountain Colby Pipe was formed in 1996 when Rocky Mountain Pipe Co. bought Colby Plastic Converters. The combination created the largest U.S. producer of ABS pipe. The company added chlorinated PVC to its product mix in 1997.
The firm is aiming at a 50 percent market share for its products west of the Mississippi River.
Rocky Mountain Colby reported $35 million in sales for 1997 — all in ABS and CPVC pipe.