Sources: Advanced Drainage Systems Inc., Hilliard, Ohio; CP staff
The world's largest HDPE pipe producer, ADS recently closed on Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Foltz Concrete Pipe Co. LLC (above), indicating it would be the first of similar acquisitions as 2010 unfolds. "Foltz is yet another step ADS is taking to meet the needs of the storm drain and sanitary sewer markets. The unique ability to package multiple products for the same job-site, including plastic pipe, concrete pipe, [and] precast structures, can be of tremendous value to the customer," says Chairman Joe Chlapaty.
ADS has 46 domestic and international pipe plants and 22 distribution centers, offering the flagship N-12 pipe and proprietary StormTech, Nyoplast and BaySaver drainage structures and vessels. Beyond packaged shipping capability for a concrete and HDPE inventory, the company has a nationwide team of engineers and sales professionals who work with consultants, agencies, distribution partners and contractors to provide cost effective drainage and sanitary sewer project solutions.
Following a major 2008-09 plant overhaul, Foltz Concrete is well positioned as a low-cost producer of 15- to 72-in.-diameter pipe, plus precast catch basins and other drainage structures. ADS has been positioned in the economic downturn to establish strategic alliances with best-in-class companies like Foltz, observes Chlapaty, adding that "we look for partners who share in our vision, along with products and technologies that improve effectiveness in all aspects of drainage performance.