AB&I FOUNDRY: A CENTURY OF LEADERSHIP AB&I Foundry, located in Oakland, Calif., has led the West Coast as the largest producer of quality cast-iron soil pipe and fittings for more than a century. In the past decade, AB&I has successfully expanded across the nation. Having strategically located regional distribution centers in Northern and Southern California, east Texas and the mid-Atlantic, it has enabled rapid distribution of product to customers on a nationwide scale. AMERICAN MANUFACTURING American Brass and Iron (AB&I) Foundry was born out of founder Joseph Boscacci’s own backyard nearly a century ago where he initially manufactured cast-iron fittings, window-sash weights and cast-iron stovetops. As the decades unfolded and as the American industry grew so did the need for cast-iron pipe and fittings for storm and sanitary drain, waste, and vent (DWV) plumbing systems. Engineers and contractors are becoming more conscious about sustainability in their building designs. Thus, AB&I’s products are in line with the growing trend to “go green” as its products are manufactured using 95% postconsumer recycled scrap metal. Cast iron also is 100% recyclable at the end of its service life. Additionally, a cast-iron system is the safest piping solution because it’s noncombustible, easy to firestop and durable, often outlasting the lifetime of a building. It also provides the best sound performance, making a cast-iron DWV system the ideal choice for condominiums, schools and hospitals where acoustic performance matters. STANDARDS AND COMPLIANCE AB&I Foundry has been a member of the Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute (CISPI) since 1949. CISPI continues to improve the industry’s standardization while providing a continuous program of product testing, evaluation and development. All AB&I cast-iron pipe and fittings have been certified by NSF International to meet applicable ASTM and CISPI standards. As more products with questionable origin and compliance records enter the domestic marketplace, it is critical engineers, contractors and inspectors have the ability to distinguish between products that meet the standards and those that do not. A BUSINESS BASED ON RELATIONSHIPS AB&I has solid corporate principles and it believes it is important to find business partners that share the same philosophy and values. AB&I strives to develop strong bonds with its customers. One way it accomplishes this is to invite customers to the foundry to see firsthand how cast-iron pipe and fittings are made. It’s the personal touch throughout every step in the relationship that makes the difference. Integrity. Responsibility. Reliability. That’s the AB&I way. Watch AB&I’s manufacturing video at GotIron.us or visit abifoundry.com.
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