HILLIARD, OHIO (May 8, 4 p.m. ET) — Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. has announced plans to open another corrugated plastic pipe plant in the Midwest, in Watertown, S.D.
The Hilliard, Ohio, firm said the new plant will come on stream by late summer 2012. Spokeswoman Tori Durliat said in a telephone interview that the 40,000 square foot leased facility will mainly extrude corrugated pipe but it will also offer a range of other products to local markets.
“We're seeing enormous demand in the upper Midwest for our entire product line, including single wall agricultural pipe, dual wall storm drain pipe, HP sanitary pipe, storm changers, sanitary chambers, and many other products,” stated ADS Chairman and CEO Joe Chlapaty in a May 7 news release.
Durliat said the company won't reveal cost of the project or equipment details.
Watertown will be ADS's third production plant for the area, joining relatively new operations in Hampton, Iowa, and Buxton, N.D.
ADS in March acquired plastic pipe manufacturing assets of Quality Culvert Inc. of Astatula, Fla. Early this year it said would open a new high density polyethylene pipe production plant in Clifford, Mich., as part of a $10 million expansion investment announced last summer.
“When this new plant [in Watertown] is opened we will be operating 55 manufacturing operations worldwide,” Chlapaty noted In a news release.
ADS claims to be the largest producer of corrugated HDPE pipe in the world. Plastics News' pipe, profile and tubing survey estimates ADS run 45 plants in North America with annual sales of about $840 million in 2012.
ADS rival Prinsco Inc. also recently announced expansion plans for the Midwest U.S. It will set up a pipe production plant in Fargo, N.D., this year. Last year it built a pipe plant in Beresford, S.D. Pipe producers are investing in the region because farmers are placing more emphasis on water management.