Viking Expands Manufacturing Operations to Include CPVC Fire Sprinkler Pipe


Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - The Viking Group, a global leader in fire protection products and services, announces the creation of Viking Plastics, a new business unit dedicated to producing CPVC fire sprinkler pipe. Viking Plastics joins the other companies of the Viking Group (Viking SupplyNet, Viking Fabrication Services, Viking Electronic Services, and The Viking Corporation) in providing an integrated package of products and services for independent fire sprinkler contractors worldwide.

Manufactured at a state-of-the-art facility in Huntsville, Alabama, Viking CPVC pipe is produced from industry leading BlazeMaster® compounds. BlazeMaster CPVC compounds have set the standard for performance and acceptance since the 1980s. Produced at an ISO 9001 certified facility in the United States, BlazeMaster products carry more Listings and Approvals than any other brand of non-metallic pipe.

In creating Viking Plastics, Viking invested in the most cutting edge technology and the most experienced people. Recognizing that experience is critical to producing a quality CPVC product, Viking recruited Kirk and Kyle Thompson, to develop their CPVC manufacturing operations from the ground up. With decades of experience producing millions of feet of CPVC pipe, the Thompsons' experience will be integral to the ongoing production of the highest quality product.

Viking CPVC sprinkler pipe is yet another addition to the company's leading Freedom® residential fire protection package. With its inherent corrosion resistance, ease of installation, and superior flow characteristics, Viking CPVC pipe can lower the installed cost of a fire sprinkler system in many residential and commercial properties. And through vertical integration, Viking now has more control over the complete manufacturing and distribution process. This process integration enables Viking to assure delivery of only the highest quality CPVC pipe.

Kevin Ortyl, President of the Viking Group, adds, "CPVC is an important product to the future of the fire sprinkler industry. By owning the entire process, from manufacturing through product delivery, Viking has enhanced the overall package that we provide our customers."

Viking BlazeMaster CPVC fire sprinkler pipe, as well as the complete Freedom line of residential products, is available through the global Viking SupplyNet distribution network.

Viking is a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative fire protection solutions. Established in 1921, the company's products and services are now sold in over 70 countries through an integrated distribution network. For more information on Viking's complete line of quality fire protection products and services, please visit www.vikinggroupinc.com or call 800-968-9501.

CONTACT:

Karla Suwyn,

Viking Group, Inc.,

P: 269-945-8305,

F: 269-945-4495,

ksuwyn@vikingcorp.com,

www.vikinggroupinc.com

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