The Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI) announced the winners of its Projects of the Year and Members of the Year during its annual membership meeting, which was held virtually on May 12.

For more than 10 years, the association’s members have selected a Project of the Year and a Member of the Year for each of the five PPI divisions – Building & Construction, Drainage, Energy Piping Systems, Municipal & Industrial and Power & Communications.

The association said that this year it received the most submissions, and that it was also the first time in the program’s existence to have multiple project winners in two divisions.

Winning projects included the Florida installation of a 54-in. diameter pipe – one of the largest installed using horizontal directional drilling (HDD), a new stormwater drainage system for a new soccer complex in Haiti plus the underground installation of electrical conduit to protect hot air balloons. Two PPI member companies shared the honors for a new pedestrian bridge in Utah, while two others were recognized for two separate oil field projects.

PPI members also recognized a Member of the Year in each divisions for outstanding support and contributions to the association and the industry.

PPI Projects of the Year

PPI Municipal & Industrial Division Project of the Year

• City of Fort Lauderdale’s Redundant Force Main Project, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

• PPI Member Companies: JM Eagle (Los Angeles, California) and AGRU America Inc. (Georgetown, South Carolina)

Construction of a new 7.5-mile redundant forced main sewer required two contractors using horizontal directional drilling (HDD) to install the 54-in. diameter HDPE pipe. Murphy Pipeline Contractors Inc. (Jacksonville, Florida) ran from the north while David Mancini and Sons (Pompano Beach, Florida) came from the south. Both companies are contractor members of the Municipal Advisory Board, an independent, non-commercial adviser to the Municipal & Industrial Division of the PPI.

This $65 million wastewater transmission line from the G.T. Lohmeyer Wastewater Treatment Plant to the wastewater lift station was completed in February 2021, months before it was expected. he project was undertaken due to the city’s existing 50-year-old force main, which has experienced frequent breaks during the past several years. It will enable the city to repair the existing force main.

PPI Building & Construction Division Projects of the Year

• Utah Valley University (UVU) Pedestrian Bridge Snow and Ice Melting Project

• PPI Member Companies: REHAU (Leesburg, Virginia) and Uponor Inc. (Apple Valley, Minnesota)

• Texas Military Base, Training Center 5 and 6

• PPI Member Company: Asahi/America Inc. (Lawrence, Massachusetts)

PPI Drainage Division Project of the Year

• Project Living Hope Soccer Complex – Camp Marie, Haiti

• PPI Member Company: Pacific Corrugated Pipe Company (Hubbard, Oregon)

PPI Energy Piping Systems Division Projects of the Year

• Crestwood Equity Partners: Delaware Basin Saltwater Network Buildout, West Texas

• PPI Member Company: Dow Chemical Company and Performance Pipe

• Crestwood Midstream Partners LP Gondor Salt Water Disposal Facility, McKenzie County, North Dakota

• PPI Member Company: Victaulic Company (Easton, Pennsylvania)

PPI Power & Communications Division Project of the Year

• Pacific Gas & Electric – Napa Valley Balloons Installation, Napa California

• PPI Member Company: Southwire Company (Carrollton, Georgia)

PPI Members of the Year

PPI Members of the Year

The 2021 PPi Members of the Year, clockwise from top left, Barb Donaldson, Joe Babcanec, Chris Ampfer, Randy Kummer and Rick Stock.

PPI Building & Construction Division Member of the Year – Rick Stock, Uponor Inc. (Apple Valley, Minnesota)

PPI Drainage Division Member of the Year – Joe Babcanec, P.E. Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. (Hilliard, Ohio)

PPI Energy Piping Systems Division Member of the Year – Chris Ampfer, WL Plastics (Fort Worth, Texas)

PPI Municipal & Industrial Division Member of the Year – Barb Donaldson, WL Plastics (Fort Worth, Texas)

PPI Power & Communications Division Member of the Year – Randy Kummer, Southwire Company (Carrollton, Georgia)

PPI is the major North American trade association representing the plastic pipe industry. More information about the awards can be found at

SOURCE – Plastics Pipe Institute