Thermoplastic polypropylene pipe added to B.C. spec list
Thermoplastic PP pipe has been added to the Master Municipal Construction Documents list of approved products for use in highway, culvert, and other infrastructure projects in British Columbia.
The plastic road ahead
With more and more recycled plastic being used to repave highways and roads around the world, we might be driving toward a future with a lot less plastic pollution.
Quebec threatens construction, manufacturing sectors with more COVID-19 restrictions
Quebec’s labour minister is threatening on to impose more restrictions on the province’s construction and manufacturing sectors for allegedly flouting health orders.
Quebec to impose 8 p.m. province-wide curfew, manufacturing sector stays open
The provincial government won’t close factories or order work sites to stop operating, but factories are being asked to postpone “non-essential” manufacturing.
Great Day Improvements acquires window maker Apex
The deal is designed to expand Great Day’s footprint in the replacement window market.
Nova Scotia’s RPS Composites acquires assets of FRP and piping maker Fabricated Plastics
The acquisition adds RTP-1 tank fabrication capabilities to RPS Composites’ product offerings.
Polymer helps researchers transform red bricks into batteries
The researchers from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri have developed a conductive polymer coating that allows bricks to store energy in order to power electronic devices.
New asphalt formulation uses recycled PE film
The formulation could achieve many of the same benefits of traditional polymer-modified asphalt formulations, including improved performance, decreased cost, and increased lifespan of asphalt.
Packaging supplier Comar to expand in New Jersey
The company has announced what it calls “a major capacity expansion” of its Buena, N.J. plant operations by building a new offsite location in nearby Vineland, N.J.
Plastics Pipe Institute announces winners of annual project awards
PPI handed out awards to the winners of its annual Project of the Year competition in five categories during its annual meeting, and also named new Members of the Year.
Quebec reopens all manufacturing companies, construction sites
Manufacturing companies in the province can resume operations provided that no more than 50 workers are present, plus half of the remainder per shift.
Tooling Tech Group expands Ohio facility
The tooling provider has broken ground on a 10,000-square-foot expansion of its thermoforming and compression mold making facility in the city of Ft. Loramie.
Nova Chemicals resumes work on $2.2-billion PE project near Sarnia
In late March, Nova temporarily limited work on the new plant to critical equipment lifts and deliveries in response to restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Quebec declares residential construction, mining, landscaping as essential services
Home builders, miners, and landscapers provide essential services and can return to work in the province despite COVID-19 restrictions.
CMI acquires artificial lumber maker Engineered Plastics Systems
Chicago-based EPS designs and manufactures HDPE board used in a variety of applications, primarily decking, railing, and park products.
Plastic lumber maker Tangent acquires rival Bedford Technology
The acquisition combines both business’ innovation teams and expands their plastic lumber product lines.
Plastic additives make for more durable highways in India
By preventing polymer degradation, light stabilizers from BASF are extending the service lifespan of geotextiles used as the country ramps up its road construction.
Canadian government awards $3 million to three firms to cut plastic food, construction waste
The three companies are Montreal-based research and development firm Axipolymer Inc., Brantford, Ont.-based clean technology supplier GreenMantra Technologies, and Calgary-based construction technologies supplier MgO Systems.
Unbottled potential: Nova Scotia beach house made from 620,000 recycled PET bottles
Built by construction company JD Composites, the 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom home has opened up a new way of turning plastic waste into eco-friendly housing.
Northspec Chemicals now distributing Stahl Polymers’ portfolio in Canada
Stahl said the appointment of Toronto-based Northspec – which specializes in chemicals and coatings for construction and architectural applications – will strengthen its sales in the Canadian construction market.
Canadian plastic pipe maker Ipex completes acquisition of Silver-Line Plastics
The goal of the acquisition, which was first announced in August, is to allow Ipex to increase its market position in the U.S.
Canadian General-Tower acquires French plastic film makers
The Cambridge, Ont.-based supplier of coated fabric and film products has purchased Liancourt, France-based companies AlkorDraka Industries and Alkor Medical Tubing for an undisclosed amount.
Quebec EPS resin maker StyroChem sold to PMC Capital
StyroChem makes EPS materials for food service, packaging, construction, casting, and specialty applications, and has annual revenues of approximately $100 million.
Royal Building Products buys DaVinci Roofscapes
Headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas, DaVinci molds polymer roofing and siding products for high-end roofing applications.
Composite decking maker Trex investing $200 million at two U.S. facilities
The investment, to be made over the next two years, will allow Trex to increase capacity by 70 per cent.
NCI Building and Ply Gem renamed as Cornerstone Building Brands
NCI Building Systems Inc. and Ply Gem Parent LLC, which merged last year to became what’s being described as the largest manufacturer of exterior building products in North America, has announced a name change to Cornerstone Building Brands.
Reconstruction of K show complex reaches halfway point
The halfway point was observed at a topping-out ceremony for the new Hall 1 held on Sept. 14.
Both Hall 1 and 2 are being demolished and will be replaced by a larger Hall.
Ontario-based plastic, concrete wall systems supplier Nudura Corp. bought by U.S. firm
Nudura was bought by Medina, Ohio-based industrial product supplier RPM International for an undisclosed amount.
Barrie-based Canplas Industries launches multimillion-dollar expansion
Canplas, plus two Barrie, Ont.-based tooling suppliers, are receiving funding from the Ontario provincial government.
Construction products maker Vicwest expanding in Stratford, Ont.
The Oakville, Ont.-based company – which makes PVC trimboards, columns, moldings, and accents – will also move its offices to Burlington, Ont.
Construction season in the plastics industry
Toray Plastics helps Rhode Island university break ground on new engineering complex
Made possible in part by a $2 million pledge from Toray Plastics, the new University of Rhode Island engineering complex gives Toray naming rights for building’s atrium.