JM Eagle, the world’s largest manufacturer of plastic pipe, has announced that it is issuing an unprecedented 50-year warranty against manufacturing defects for its pipe products. This warranty — unmatched by any other pipe manufacturer — is a significant first step toward rebuilding the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, according to a press release issued April 5.

JM Eagle’s warranty will cover the company’s high-performance polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and high-density polyethylene (PE) pipe used in water transmission and distribution lines as well as forced sewer mains. The warranty will take effect immediately for all new sales of pipe certified to American Water Works Association (AWWA) standards produced by JM Eagle.

“JM Eagle’s new warranty program sets a new industry standard for quality assurance,” said JM Eagle vice president of operations Dave Slawson. “This warranty will give our customers, and most importantly, taxpayers, peace of mind about the integrity of our company and products.”

Additionally, the warranty will retroactively cover plastic pipe products manufactured by JM Eagle and its predecessor J-M Mfg. since original inception for all new pipe failures.

The announcement comes at a time when Los-Angeles-based JM Eagle is embroiled in a whistleblower lawsuit, in which a former employee has accused the pipe manufacturer of making false claims about PVC pipe it produced for municipal water and sewer applications. JM Eagle has adamantly denied the lawsuit’s claims, saying they have been made by a disgruntled former employee. JM Eagle spokesman Marcus Galindo said April 5 that the company is confident in its documentation and independent laboratory testing of the pipe.

For more on JM Eagle’s position concerning the lawsuit, go to www.jmeagle.com/InvestigationUpdate.

Galindo says that JM Eagle’s new 50-year warranty program will create a new standard in the industry.

“As many municipalities set out to repair their aging infrastructures with economic stimulus funds, they can take comfort in the fact that an investment into JM Eagle’s pipe is one they will not have to repeat for at least another generation,” said Slawson. “This 50-year warranty verifies what we’ve been doing all along. JM Eagle stands by the quality of its products, only now it’s on paper.”

With 23 manufacturing plants throughout North America, JM Eagle manufactures an array of high-grade, high-performance polyvinyl chloride and high-density polyethylene pipe across a variety of industries and applications including utility, solvent weld, electrical conduit, natural gas, irrigation and water/sewage. 

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