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FINDLAY, OH – October 3, 2008: The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has expanded its 100-year service life approval of BLUE SEAL® corrugated HDPE pipe to include 54" (1350 mm) and 60" (1500 mm) diameters. Hancor, Inc., one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of HDPE corrugated pipe, became the first HDPE manufacturer to receive 100-year service life approval in July when FDOT approved 18" (450 mm) through 48" (1200 mm) N-12 pipe diameters for "Class II" 100-year service life specifications.

"We have put our dual wall pipe under intensive testing to prove it will last a lifetime. Now that those tests are complete, we’re happy to announce that our product has passed with flying colors," said Joe Chlapaty, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hancor. "Our goal as a company is to provide our customers with high quality, value enhanced solutions to meet any underground drainage need and this announcement gives us the ability to expand the applications of dual wall pipe, and advance the industry as we know it today."

Hancor serves its customers throughout the state of Florida through the company’s local manufacturing facilities located in Sebring and Winter Garden, as well as its local distribution centers in Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers and Jacksonville.

FDOT utilized the most rigorous and comprehensive test protocols in the pipe industry to determine the expected service life for BLUE SEAL HDPE products up to and including 60" (1500 mm). Incorporating projected long-term buried stress and environmental conditions, the test protocol utilizes the Rate Process Method (RPM) and Oxidation Induction Time (OIT) testing to measure stress crack resistance and product durability. These methods are well established and widely used in the pressure pipe industry as a means to predict the long-term performance of thermoplastic pipe.

BLUE SEAL, a smooth interior dual wall pipe, meets strict quality control from raw materials to production – conforming to ASTM and AASHTO standards – and is specified nationwide in storm and sanitary sewers, agricultural drainage, road and highway construction, residential and commercial development as well as turf and recreational applications.

About Hancor
Hancor is a solutions provider. One of the nation's largest suppliers of storm water management systems, Hancor manufactures a wide variety of plastic drainage products for the commercial, residential, construction and agricultural markets. Hancor was founded in 1887 in Findlay, Ohio and operates manufacturing facilities and service centers across the country.  For more information call 1-888-FOR PIPE (367-7473) or log on to www.hancor.com.

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Tori L. Durliat
Director of Marketing,
401 Olive Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840
Phone: 419-424-8275
Fax: 419-424-8302
E-mail: tori.durliat@ads-pipe.co


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