Major pipe extruder Prinsco Inc. plans to meet growing demand in the Midwest for agricultural drainage pipe by setting up a production plant in Fargo, N.D.
Prinsco will establish a temporary, two-production-line, drainage pipe operation in Moorhead, N.D., by mid-February, while working on a larger, permanent plant in Fargo set to open late this year, according to a report from Agweek of Grand Forks, N.D.
The permanent plant will be housed in a 30,000-square-foot facility with room for four lines, although initial production will involve two lines, the report said.
Prinsco of Wilmar, Minn., first announced plans last September when the firm said it wanted to open an agricultural drainage products plant in the Fargo/ Moorhead area in North Dakota in 2012. Prinsco also said it intended to upgrade other facilities to boost production of single-wall pipe. The projects reflect a trend in Midwestern agriculture to more widely embrace strategic water management.
In 2011 Prinsco built a pipe plant in Beresford, S.D., to serve growth in South Dakota and North Dakota.
The largest U.S. corrugated pipe producer, Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. of Hilliard, Ohio, said last year it too is expanding production. Last summer it said it would spend $10 million to hike output at its Midwestern factories making corrugated polyethylene pipe and similar products. The projects are to supply rising demand for drainage pipe for agriculture and infrastructure upgrading.