Mike Miazga 2018-01-05 14:42:30
VALENCIA PIPE MANUFACTURING FACILITY NEARS COMPLETION Valencia Pipe Co. is nearing completion of its new manufacturing facility in Kingman, Arizona. The new 60,000-square-foot plant sitting on 13 acres will start with 10 state-of-the-art extrusion lines and plenty of capacity for future expansion, VPC noted. Operations will begin Feb. 1, and VPC will start to take orders as early as the middle of this month. “Kingman is an ideal location,” VPC President Andrew Dervin said. “It is convenient for our customer base. We are able to ship the same day into Northern and Southern California, Phoenix and Las Vegas and next day for our wider sales area.” The new factory will produce ABS DWV Schedule 40, ASTM F-628 Foam Core and ASTM D-2661 solid-wall pipe. VPC will produce ABS pipe diameters of 1 1/2-in. through 6 in. VPC also will produce its HOME-FLEX Underground mediumdensity polyethylene gas pipe (MDPE). VPC will produce in diameters 1/2-in. through 2 in. Home- Flex Underground pipe will meet and exceed ASTM D2513 standards. In addition, VPC introduces into the market its HOME-FLEX Underground compression fittings that “are revolutionary into the wholesale and retail trade,” the company stated. BOLTEX AND WELDBEND URGE AUTHORITIES TO SCRUTINIZE POSSIBLE CIRCUMVENTION OF FINISHED CARBON STEEL FLANGE DUTIES Carbon steel flange manufacturers Argo, Illinois-based Weldbend Corp., and Houston-based Boltex Mfg. Co., recently announced a collective effort to push for further inspections and investigations into illegal trade practices by foreign countries on the imports of finished carbon steel flanges. The effort is in response to possible continued unfair importing practices by Indian, Spanish and Italian manufacturers despite recent determinations from the U.S. government confirming illegal dumping in the American market. Weldbend and Boltex have requested that U.S. Customs and Border Protection seek further information about this potentially illegal activity. American manufacturers have been increasingly injured by unfair competition occurring in the U.S. carbon steel flanges market, the two companies explained. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued antidumping orders against the imports of finished carbon steel flanges from India, Italy and Spain, as well as a countervailing duty order against the same product from India. The orders resulted from a government determination that these imports were causing injury to the domestic flange industry by severely undercutting American market prices. Since the orders went into effect, rumors have surfaced about circumvention and transshipment activity by foreign manufacturers of finished carbon steel flanges to avoid the antidumping and/or countervailing duties. Weldbend and Boltex have contacted the CBP regarding possible illegal activities by Indian, Spanish and Italian manufacturers and will be bringing evidence to the attention of the CBP for the purpose of creating a level playing field between domestic and foreign manufacturers. “While we applaud the decision by the Department of Commerce to issue AD/CVD orders on the imports of finished carbon steel flanges, foreign companies should not be allowed to simply circumvent these orders,” Boltex President Frank Bernobich said. “By doing so, these foreign companies are negating the efforts of the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission to halt unfair and illegal trade practices.” “We are furthering our investigation of Indian, Italian and Spanish producers to ensure there is no circumvention of the new AD/CVD orders. We urge U.S. authorities to support American manufacturers by conducting their own investigation and enforcing the rule of law,” said James J. Coulas Jr., owner and president of Weldbend Corp. The companies referred to an executive order issued earlier this year by President Trump where he noted, “Importers that unlawfully evade antidumping and countervailing duties expose United States employers to unfair competition and deprive the Federal Government of lawful revenue.” Boltex and Weldbend said they look forward to working with the CBP to ensure the concerns expressed by the president no longer apply to imports of finished carbon steel flanges. FAIRMONT SUPPLY ACQUIRES TWO PVF DISTRIBUTORS Washington, Pa.-based Fairmont Supply Co., a distributor of industrial maintenance, repair and operation supplies, recently announced it has acquired Industrial Pipe & Supply of Omaha and Industrial Pipe & Valve of Portland. The Industrial Pipe companies supply pipes, valves and fittings and other materials for large industrial, commercial and infrastructure construction projects, along with refrigeration facilities, aviation facilities, utility providers and heavy mechanical. The Omaha location was founded in 2007 and will continue to be led by Paul VanWerden, who has 35 years of industrial distribution experience. The Portland location was founded in 2014 and will continue to be led by Mike Baker, who has more than 25 years of industrial distribution experience. These additions to the Fairmont Supply family of companies support its growth strategy of bringing on strong companies that have experienced teams of industry experts operating in attractive markets, Fairmont explained. The company added that Omaha and Portland are two new markets for Fairmont with considerable growth potential for its MRO and PVF businesses. Fairmont Supply entered the PVF market in 2007 with the acquisition of Piping and Equipment, Inc., in the Gulf Coast region.
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