Salt Lake City, UT – July 10, 2017 – Plastic Services and Products (“PSP”) is expanding its Salt Lake City, Utah and Centralia, Washington plants. The expansions began mid-Spring and are scheduled to be completed in December 2017.
Construction is underway at PSP’s Salt Lake City facility to make way for ten new extrusion lines. At PSP’s Centralia plant, the company plans to install two new extrusion lines to produce ABS pipe. With the added capacity, PSP is poised to become the largest producer of ABS pipe in North America. In addition to increasing ABS capacity, PSP is also investing in cutting-edge equipment for PVC DWV pipe (drain, waste and vent), PVC pressure pipe, and fence profile extrusion.
According to Andrew Reese, President of PSP, the expansion has been years in the making and is the culmination of extensive research and development. “We have taken a long-term approach to our decision making. We disassembled machines, dissected tooling, and evaluated a broad range of plastic processing systems. Whether it was from the US, Europe, or Asia we explored nearly every technology on the market.”
Along with purchasing new extrusion lines, PSP is also enhancing existing equipment. Machine upgrades will include installation of state-of-the-art operator controls, high-efficiency motors and drives, and screws and barrels with innovative processing technology. “These advancements will allow us to maximize capacity, elevate quality, and enhance efficiency,” said John Johansen, Vice President of PSP. A primary focus for the company is to improve energy efficiency. Earlier this year, PSP partnered with an engineering firm to evaluate the energy efficiency of its plants. The company estimates a 20% reduction in annual power consumption once energy-saving upgrades are complete.
According to Reese, growing customer demand was the determining factor in the decision to expand. “With single-family housing starts on the rise, there is an increased demand for plumbing, irrigation, and fencing products. Consolidation has left customers with fewer suppliers to choose from – particularly in the ABS pipe market. Our goal is to increase the availability of existing product lines, expand our product offering, and expedite order delivery.” Later this year, PSP will begin to offer a 48-hour shipment guarantee for truckload pipe orders to customers located in the western United States and Canada.