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Griffin Pipe produces ductile iron pipes from 3 to 48 in diameter

Griffin Pipe Foundry Marked for Shutdown

March 24, 2014
Purchased in January May 3 closing set Up to 250 workers affected

U.S. Pipe and Foundry plans to close the Griffin Pipe Products Co. plant in Council Bluffs, IA, in early May, according to local reports. U.S. Pipe acquired a majority stake in Griffin Pipe earlier this year. Both companies serve the market for ductile iron pipe products, mainly for drinking water transmission and distribution.

At that time, U.S. Pipe CEO Paul Ciolino stated: “This combination will improve our respective cost position and enable us to compete more efficiently, especially against competitive offerings such as plastic and steel pipe.” Ciolino had been the president of Griffin Pipe before joining U.S. Pipe in 2010.

Local news reports indicate the new owner began laying off workers soon after the acquisition.

The reason for the closing remains obscure. Elected officials in the Iowa city have stated that the new owner cited multiple factors in its decision, but there is no official statement.

About 250 workers reportedly will be affected by the closing.

Griffin Pipe produces ductile iron pipes from 3 to 48 in. diameter; accessory products, like MJ glands, gland packs, bronze wedges for conductivity, polyethylene encasement, etc.; numerous joints and fittings; and a line of specialty gaskets, outlets, and welded outlets, etc.

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Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)