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Recycling tried and true plastic

March 6, 2012
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Stories and photos by RODNEY D. BOAM 

Tanisha Weeks cleans some filters on an extruder.

The owner of Plastic Industries, Rex Pitcher, has developed a high density, high grade polyethylene conduit used for encasing fiber optics, some of which is buried underground. The conduit produced in the Preston Industrial Park has proved to be a hot item.

Plant manager John Pitcher, Rex’s brother, said the company is about a couple of months out in orders and a has a million and a half dollars in pending orders.

As the company continues to grow, the impact on the economy of Preston also grows.

“We employ about 50 people when you count the drivers who go out and pick up the scrap. The plastic is collected then ground into small grain-sized pieces and melted at 404 degrees F., molded then cooled,” the former electrical contractor said.

A large part of the machinery used for making the conduit is built at Machine Dynamics, another one of Rex Pitcher’s enterprises. Plastic Industries has three lines of plastic extruders going 24/7, six days a week. The lines can manufacture plastic encasing from 3/4-inch to 5 inches. The black plastic is over-laid with different colors on the outside to distinguish the different sizes of pipe.

Rex and John Pitcher discuss plant activity last month.

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