Plastic pipe manufacturer JM Eagle is expanding production of solid-wall high-density polyethylene (PE) at two of its plants to meet demand in northern U.S. and Canadian markets.

By converting its Sunnyside, Wash., plant from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to PE production and boosting the number of PE lines at its Meadville, Pa., plant, the company aims to better serve customers seeking products for water and sewer as well as oil and gas gathering. The Sunnyside plant will also produce PE pipe for irrigation, and both plants will generate products for power and communication application.

"JM Eagle looks forward to better serving customers in the water and gas markets in the northern part of the country as well as in Canada," said Dan O'Connor, JM Eagle vice president of PE sales. "This expansion gives JM Eagle a stronger footprint in PE production and distribution nationwide."

Production on PE water pipe up to 36 inches in diameter and gas pipe is expected to begin in mid-July at both plants, and all lines will be complete by September. The company also plans to manufacture up to 63-inch-diameter water pipe in the future and is developing PE water pipe in even larger diameters.

The Sunnyside plant previously manufactured only PVC products. The Meadville plant has been producing the corrugated PE product Eagle Corr PE since 2009. JM Eagle had primarily focused its PE manufacturing at its plants in the southern United States.

"Now JM Eagle customers in all parts of the United States and into Canada can enjoy the benefits of high-quality, high-performance JM Eagle solid-wall PE pipe," said O'Connor. "Municipalities and utilities will have better choices in building long-lasting water and gas infrastructures."

JM Eagle has 22 manufacturing plants throughout North America, producing an array of high-grade, high-performance polyvinyl chloride and high-density polyethylene pipe across a variety of industries and applications including utility, solvent weld, electrical conduit, natural gas, irrigation, potable water and sewage. For more information, visit www.jmeagle.com.