Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. has broken ground for a corrugated polyethylene pipe extrusion plant in Bessemer City, N.C., near Charlotte.
The plant is the second new construction project by ADS in as many years. The Columbus, Ohio-based company opened a similar plant in Jackson, Miss., in October 1997.
The North Carolina plant represents a ``significant investment'' for ADS, said marketing director Tony Radoszewski. Construction of the building will cost between $3 million and $5 million; outfitting the facility with state-of-the-art extrusion equipment will nearly double that amount, he said.
At 50,000 square feet, the new plant is about 2,000 square feet larger than the Jackson plant and will be ADS' largest in the Southeast.
Radoszewski said the facility will employ about 100 and should be open by June. He declined to give the number of extrusion lines or how much pipe ADS expects the plant to produce.
The corrugated pipe is used predominantly for storm-sewer systems, ``which represents the biggest growth area in our business, as a replacement to concrete pipe,'' Radoszewski said. Other applications for ADS pipe include highway drains, residential and commercial drains, turf and agriculture drains and on-site septic and sanitary sewers.
ADS is the third-largest North American pipe extruder, according to Plastics News data, with estimated 1997 sales of $260 million.