March 16, 2015
Advanced Drainage System (ADS) Facility Tour

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On March 16, 2015 Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS) hosted the YMF for a tour of their pipe manufacturing and distribution facility in Swedesboro, NJ. The 70 acre facility was constructed 8 years ago and runs three pipe manufacturing lines for PVC and HDPE pipes, ranging in in diameter of 4" to 42". The facility typically operates on a 24/5 schedule depending on demand throughout the construction and agricultural season. The Swedesboro location holds the company's largest supply yard and was nearing 80% to 90% capacity at the time of the YMF's visit. The yard typically holds between 9 to 12 weeks' worth of supply products. 73% of the pipes manufactured at the facility are comprised mostly of recycled material, while the remainder of the pipes produced use virgin material. The facility recycles 100% of all the scrap and extra material produced during the manufacturing process. Besides just pipe manufacturing, the factory also fabricates pipe junctions and fittings. ADS is known in the industry for its iconic green shipping trailers and during the site visit the YMF was able to experience the full manufacturing process, from ground-up recycled HDPE, to completed pipes being placed in the shipping trailers. After the facility tour, ADS invited the YMF members to the Village Pub & Restaurant for an hour long product & information presentation which fulfilled the requirements for one PDH. The tour and presentation was attended by nearly 20 individuals including 3 students from Widener University

Below are a few pictures from the event:



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