Advanced Drainage Systems garners pipe certification

Matt Griswold, Plastics News Staff, for Plastics News on August 19, 2008

HILLIARD, OHIO (August 19, 2008) -- Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. has received 100-year service life approval for its corrugated high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe by the Florida Department of Transportation, which will open up the state's high-traffic arteries for the first time to the Hilliard-based pipe maker.

It took nine years of rigorous testing to get the Florida department to sign off on the 100-year designation, which is significant on several fronts.

First and foremost, concrete pipe makers no longer can claim to have the lowest life-cycle cost on the premise that their material will last a century while HDPE must be replaced after 50 years. Corrugated steel and PVC pipe also compete in the drainage industry.

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