Drainage Contractor

Springfield Plastics re-certified for virgin resin

May 4, 2015
By Springfield Plastics Inc.

May 4, 2015, Auburn, IL – For the 15th consecutive year, Springfield Plastics, Inc. has received certification verifying it uses only virgin resin in manufacturing its drainage pipe.

Standard setting organizations, such as ASTM and United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), have required the use of virgin resin materials for many years. Regulators have expressed concerned with the wide variability of the physical properties in recycled materials and how they affect the long-term performance of drainage pipe.

The variability in the materials may lead to stress cracking, poor deflection and impact strengths and uneven wall distributions. If any of these things occur the farmer or landowner could be looking at system failure.

“We have continued to place great importance on receiving this certification and to remain a leader in providing top quality drainage products,” said Steve Baker, president of SPI. “We feel it is very important for our customers to know that we want to make this commitment to them year after year. Quality is our first priority and we cannot risk exposing our customers to the defects commonly found in drainage pipe manufactured from recycled materials. Farmers expect the drainage pipe they install in their fields to serve them for many years. We feel that being the only company to extend our certification of 100 per cent virgin resin is allowing farmers to meet that goal.”

SPI remains the only U.S. company to hold this certification for its drainage pipe.