Pineville, N.C. — Thermoplastic pipe extruder Ipex USA LLC opened a new distribution center in Stockton, Calif., that nearly quadruples the Pineville-based company's available warehouse space for system parts and adds a storage yard for pipes.
The distribution center will double the number of jobs at the site and increase Ipex's presence on the West Coast, where the company plans to bring more products closer to customers and end users, according to Ipex President and Chief Operating Officer Travis Lutes.
Ipex has been focused on the municipal, irrigation, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and telecommunication sectors but it recently acquired Silver-Line to improve its market position in the US with an expanded product portfolio for a broader clientele.
Silver-Line produces pipe products from PVC, chlorinated PVC, polyethylene and cross-linked PE for the well casing, industrial, agricultural, and gas and geothermal markets in addition to plumbing, irrigation and utilities.
The acquisition united the No. 8 and No. 34 pipe, profile and tubing extruders in North America with estimated sales of $460 million for Ipex and $140 million for Asheville, N.C.-based Silver-Line, according to Plastics News' latest ranking.
Ipex is part of Brusssels-based Aliaxis, a privately held company with about 16,100 employees at 45 sites worldwide.