Willmar, Minn.-based pipe extruder Prinsco Inc. is building a new manufacturing center — its ninth in the United States — in Valdosta, Ga., where it expects to create 40 jobs as it expands in the water management market.
Founded in 1975, the family-owned company makes pipe and other products from polyethylene and polypropylene to collect, convey, treat and store water underground for the agricultural, residential and stormwater markets.
With an estimated $160 million in annual sales, Prinsco ranks 37th among North American pipe, profile and tubing producers, according to Plastics News' latest ranking.
The company has been operating out of eight facilities, mostly in the Midwestern and western states. The sites are in Fresno, Calif.; Jessup, Iowa; Chatsworth, Ill.; Prinsburg, Minn.; Bethany, Mo.; Fargo, N.D.; Hubbard, Ore.; and Beresford, S.D.
Company officials were looking to expand geographically and in early 2023 bought an 80-acre site in Valdosta. They plan to build a 73,000-square-foot facility to run four extrusion lines for corrugated high density PE and PP pipe for the stormwater market, according to a news release of the Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority.
Prinsco manufactures dual-wall pipe and single-wall pipe in addition to stormwater chambers, onsite chambers, foundation drainage and a variety of fittings and accessories.
The company's ninth facility is expected to be in operation in September 2024.
"The Southeast market is growing and has been underserved by our industry. After significant exploration, we chose Valdosta because of its central location in the Southeast United States," Prinsco CEO Jamie Duininck said in the release. "It's a beautiful community and we look forward to being a part of creating more jobs and contributing to the economic vitality of the region."
Meanwhile, Duininck's son and nephew, Harris and Griffin Duininck, are promoting water management practices with a 13-episode series about plastic pipe work, maximizing land use, recharging groundwater, improving crop health, and use of plastic chambers.
The cousins are the fourth generation of the Duininck family engaged within the company.