Fargo, N.D.-based Northern Pipe Products Inc. had doubled production capabilities at its 36,000-square-foot Hampton, Iowa, plant.
The move, which involved adding a pipe extrusion line late last year, is part of a multipronged expansion for the Hampton facility, where company officials plan to launch new products soon.
Though the company also manufactures high density polyethylene pipe for water and sewer applications, Northern Pipe's roots are in PVC, said company President Wayne Voorhees.
``This is just a natural growth projection for us,'' Voorhees said in a Feb. 28 telephone interview. ``Freight is a tremendous part of your cost nowadays. Being 500 miles closer to our Southern market is an advantage.''
The Hampton plant, just 3 years old, eventually will double in size to 72,000 square feet. About 25 people work there now. Voorhees said about 110 work in Fargo.
Northern Pipe makes single- and dual-wall corrugated pipe for municipal sewer lines. The PVC pipes range from small-diameter pipe to 18 inches, Voorhees said. The company makes PVC pipe for water distribution, well casings, and drain, waste, vent, sewer and hot-air applications.
Northern Pipe is a unit of Fergus Falls, Minn.-based Otter Tail Corp., a diversified, publicly traded firm involved in manufacturing, power generation and medical equipment, among other things. Otter Tail's plastics portfolio includes thermoformer T.O. Plastics Inc. in Bloomington, Minn., and Phoenix-based PVC pipe maker Vinyltech Corp., said Otter Tail spokeswoman Amy Richardson.