ELKHART, IND. - Effective July 1, Bristolpipe Corp. will close its Columbia, Tenn., PVC pipe production facility.
Capacity from the four-line, 10,000-square-foot facility will be moved to the company's plant in Greensboro, Ga., said Bill Schmuhl, president of Bristolpipe's holding company, Heywood Williams Group plc.
``It was a smaller plant, and we've got more than enough capacity at our other plants to serve our customers,'' he said in a May 23 telephone interview.
The move will affect 22 employees.
Heywood Williams announced the closing May 18 during the company's annual meeting.
Although he could not be reached by telephone, Chief Executive Officer Ian Stuart blamed slim PVC pipe margins in a company news release. Narrow margins are an industrywide malady that began kicking in last August, according to several pipe sources.
``Looking forward, the prospects for the U.S. economy remain uncertain and will obviously be a major factor affecting the outturn of the current year,'' Stuart said in the news release.
Elkhart-based Bristolpipe also has plants in Bristol, Ind., and Leola, Pa. Plastics News estimated the firm's 2000 sales at $125 million.