HILLIARD, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS) announced today that it will open a new manufacturing plant in Clifford, Michigan to meet the growing demand for the company's corrugated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe. The plant is expected to be in operation during the second calendar quarter of 2012. This will be ADS' second pipe production facility in Michigan, complementing the existing plant located in Owosso.
“The new Clifford facility is strategically located to serve the growing customer base in the “thumb” of Michigan as well as in southwestern Ontario”, stated Joe Chlapaty, Chairman and CEO of Advanced Drainage Systems.
In August 2011, Chlapaty announced a $10 million program directed at improving and expanding ADS manufacturing capacity and delivery ability in the entire mid-west region. 'This new Michigan plant is an extension of that program,' he stated. 'We will continue to increase and accelerate our efforts to keep ahead of the demand which we have seen grow during the past few years.' During 2011 ADS opened new plants in Hampton, Iowa and in Buxton, North Dakota.
A proper drainage system using HDPE pipe is a key factor that affects crops. 'In Michigan during the spring of 2011, there was so much rain that planting was delayed, and many crops that were planted were either washed away, slow to sprout or were damaged,' offered Kevin Rapp, Agricultural Market Manager for ADS and also the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition (ADMC), a resource of water management systems technologies.
'A saturated field kills crops and doesn’t allow farmers to timely plant and harvest their crops,” Rapp continued. 'A drainage system is a must for success, just like the proper amount of water, sunshine, fertilizer and the farmer's skill.'
First used in agricultural field drainage systems, ADS products are now a major component of sports stadiums, highways, building complexes, airports and the infrastructure systems of the United States and the world.
Call ADS at (800) 821-6710, go to www.ads-pipe.com or contact any local ADS office.