LOS ANGELES (June 7, 4:50 p.m. ET) – Pipe extruder JM Eagle is adding capacity to make solid-wall high density polyethylene pipe at two of its existing plants.
Until now, the Los Angeles-based company has primarily focused its PE pipe manufacturing at its plants in the southern United States.
The company announced June 7 that it will convert its Sunnyside, Wash., pipe plant from PVC to PE production, and that it will add PE pipe equipment at its Meadville, Pa., plant.
The plants will make water and sewer pipe, plus pipe used for oil and natural gas. The Sunnyside plant also will extrude PE pipe for irrigation, and both plants will make products for power and communication applications.
The plants will start production on PE water pipe up to 36 inches in diameter. Gas pipe production will start by mid- July at both plants. All the lines will be complete by September, the company said.
JM Eagle said it plans to manufacture up to 63-inch-diameter water pipe in the future, and it is developing PE water pipe in even larger diameters.
The Sunnyside plant previously manufactured only PVC products. The Meadville plant has been producing the corrugated PE pipe since 2009.
JM Eagle has 22 plants in North America, and it recently disclosed that it is building two in China. The company ranked No. 1 in Plastics News' most recent survey of North American pipe, profile & tubing extruders.