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Findlay, Ohio – July 24, 2008:  The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recently approved BLUE SEAL® corrugated HDPE pipe, manufactured by Hancor, Inc., for 100-year service life applications.  This designation approves BLUE SEAL pipe for use in most FDOT applications.  To date, Hancor is the only HDPE pipe manufacturer in the underground drainage industry to receive the 100-year service life approval for its products.  Utilizing the most extensive testing protocol in the pipe industry, FDOT granted approval for 18” (450mm) through 48” (1200mm) Hancor BLUE SEAL pipe under the “Class II” 100-year service life designation. 

“The test results in Florida prove there is an increasing level of confidence in the use and performance of HDPE pipe,” Joe Chlapaty, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hancor said. “Our goal is to deliver a product that will still be in the ground for generations to come and performing its intended purpose. We’ve always been confident that our products will last forever, and these tests simply serve as additional evidence to that fact.  As with all Hancor products, our customers can be assured that our HDPE pipe is providing a high quality, value enhanced solution to meet their underground drainage needs.”

To determine the expected service life of the corrugated HDPE drainage pipe, FDOT adopted a test protocol specification that is the most stringent and comprehensive in the pipe industry.  Incorporating projected long-term buried stress and environmental conditions, the test protocol utilizes the Rate Process Method (RPM) and Oxidation Induction Time (OIT) testing to measure stress crack resistance and product durability.  These methods are well-established and widely used in the pressure pipe industry as a means to predict the long-term performance of thermoplastic pipe. 

BLUE SEAL a smooth interior dual wall pipe meets strict quality control from raw materials to production - conforming to ASTM and AASHTO standards - and is specified nationwide in storm and sanitary sewers, agricultural drainage, road and highway construction, residential and commercial development as well as turf and recreational applications.

About Hancor, Inc.

Hancor is a solutions provider. One of the nation's largest suppliers of storm water management systems, Hancor manufactures a wide variety of plastic drainage products for the commercial, residential, construction and agricultural markets. Hancor was founded in 1887 in Findlay, Ohio and operates manufacturing facilities and service centers across the country.  For more information call 1-888-FOR PIPE (367-7473) or log on to www.hancor.com.

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Tori Durliat
Director of Marketing, Hancor, Inc
401 Olive Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840
Phone: 1-800-537-9520
Fax: 1-419-424-8302
E-mail: tori.durliat@ads-pipe.com


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