Consolidated Pipe & Supply of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and R&B Company of San Jose, California are the newest additions to the Certified McElroy Rental program that will stock its rapidly-expanding line of polypropylene machines and tools.
The locations provide operator training, customer service and support with McElroy-trained mechanics and instructors. McElroy’s Certified Rental program ensures genuine parts and a factory-trained team to make sure all equipment passes a comprehensive maintenance checklist and is ready to perform.
“This is a reflection of the momentum polypropylene is gaining in the US plumbing and mechanical industries as well as the growing interest in McElroy tools,” said Jason Lawrence, director of product development, McElroy. “We study the needs of our users closely so that they can fuse pipe easily in tight spaces whether it’s in the attics, floors or walls.”
R&B foresees a huge opportunity for polypropylene piping systems in the Western US as the industry is seeing the enormous value of piping systems that are easy to install and last for decades without scaling or corrosion.
“We’re excited to be one of the first polyethylene equipment suppliers to adopt polypropylene,” said Kurt Vincelette, COO of R&B. “This pipe material fused with McElroy-engineered equipment is the ultimate pairing and we’re proud to lead the way.”
The inclusion of polypropylene machines makes perfect sense to Consolidated Pipe, a longtime McElroy polyethylene equipment supplier with a staff of experienced fusion technicians and certified mechanics.
“This is just the next stage in the evolution of plastic piping systems,” said Tim Hallmark, eastern regional manager, Consolidated Pipe. “McElroy has long been the gold standard in polyethylene fusion machines and we think it will be the same with their polypropylene line.”
McElroy, a leading maker of polyethylene fusion equipment, expanded into the polypropylene field in 2012 with the release of the Spider 125 socket fusion tool. This quickly sparked a line of polypropylene fusion equipment that now ranges from 16mm socket tooling all the way up to 630mm butt fusion machines. McElroy expects a 50 percent increase in sales by the end of 2017 compared to 2014 sales.
“Our polypropylene line is generating revenue and growth much like polyethylene did as it gained a foothold in the underground construction market in the early ‘80s,” said Jim Johnston, chief innovation officer, McElroy. “Our ability to adapt to the indoor market is the outcome of a persistent dedication to innovation and jobsite solutions for fusible pipe.”
To find a polypropylene rental distributor, visit mcelroy.com/en/rental.action.