SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- Plastic pipe manufacturer JM Eagle is scheduled to open a new plant today in Sunnyside to create pipes for water and sewer, oil and gas gathering, irrigation and power and communication systems.
JM Eagle's new polyethylene lines are operating at full capacity at the Sunnyside plant after months that workers spent installing and calibrating equipment and testing the production.
JM Eagle already operated a plant in Sunnyside that created PVC pipe, said Isabel Estrada, spokeswoman for JM Eagle. That plant was converted so the company could manufacture high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic.
The Sunnyside plant is one of 20 in North America for JM Eagle, according to a news release. JM Eagle refers to itself as the world's largest manufacturer of PVC and polyethylene pipe.
Walter Wang, owner and CEO of JM Eagle, Congressman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., and representatives from Gov. Chris Gregoire's office are expected to participate in the event.
The facility will create 4-inch to 36-inch polyethylene pipe, according to a news release. JM Eagle officials plan to manufacture large-diameter pipe, including 63-inch pipe.
An increase in demand from customers in the United States and Canada prompted the company to expand its manufacturing of polyethylene, a news release said.
The new plant means 20 jobs in Sunnyside now, Estrada said, most of which are new.
At full production, the plant will employee about 40 people, she said.
The grand opening is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. today at the Sunnyside plant, 1820 South First St.