Francesville, Ind. — Pipe and fittings manufacturer Fratco has a new polyethylene drainage product that it says will cut installation time and costs.
Founded in 1923, the Francesville-based company says its FlexCorr pipe comes in spools of 8- to 15-inch diameters and doesn't need to be connected to rigid-stick mains, which can be a long and tedious part of installations.
FlexCorr functions as a main, Fratco says in a news release. The website describes the product as offering the durability of a dual-wall pipe and the installation ease of a flexible pipe. It has a corrugated exterior and a lower-density, flexible inner liner, which Fratco says performs well in tests for long-term stress crack resistance and cold temperature brittleness.
No ASTM standards have been established yet for the product but Fratco says it can be used to meet ASTM F2306, ASTM F667 and ASTM F405.
"FlexCorr will revolutionize the drainage industry and we're confident it will be the go-to dual-wall pipe within a few years," Fratco CEO Chris Overmyer said in the release.
Fratco is a fourth-generation, family-owned business that started 94 years ago with a clay tile kiln and now produces drainage pipes for agricultural and commercial applications at three manufacturing sites in Mt. Pleasant and Sioux City, Iowa, and St. Anne, Ill.