Despite these significant production changes, J-M failed to re-qualify its pipe as industry standards require and instead falsely represented that the pipes were unchanged, according to the lawsuit.
Formosa Plastics required J-M to use its resins and compounds for much of the PVC pipe at issue in this case and actively participated in the fraud, according to the lawsuit.
The plants at Magnolia and at Kingman, Ariz., give J-M the ability to run up to 36-inch HDPE pipe as well as enter the 2406 gas pipe business.
Wang, CEO of J-M. "The acquisition of these plants allows J-M to meet the HDPE piping needs of our customers as we continue to identify similar synergies in support of our goal to become the world's most effective and efficient manufacturer of plastic pipe products."
J-M is also considering expanding its HDPE pipe business into other regions of the country over the next few years as a vehicle to service and grow existing national accounts in these regions, and develop relationships with new distributors.
As an initial market test, J-M began extruding HDPE pipe at its Adel, GA, facility in 2000.
Quarter-finals: (wc) G Rusedski bt S Koubek 6-2 5-7 7-5, F Clavet bt (3) J-M
Gambill 6-4 6-4, J Balcells bt (qu) G Weiner 6-3 6-4, (2) D Hrbaty bt (7)T Johansson 6-7 6-3 6-2.