April 2019 Vol. 74 No. 4

Business News



Dura-Line celebrated recent technology upgrades that expanded the range of products made in its Gravenhurst (Ontario, Canada) manufacturing plant. Key customers were invited to an open house event that included a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility and product demonstrations.

Facility upgrades included automating the resin distribution system, enhancing the power infrastructure, redesigning the floor layout for safety and efficiency, and creating nicer employee areas such as new offices, restrooms, and break rooms.

One major improvement, and challenge, was incorporating computers on several of the lines. “We were able to sustain production while managing all of these improvements,” said Juan Manuel Urquiza, director of Strategic Growth and Process Excellence. “It took a team of people who dedicated a lot of effort into making these upgrades happen.”

Dura-Line is an ISO-9001 rated manufacturer of HDPE conduit serving the telecommunications, enterprise and electrical markets. Based in Knoxville, Tenn., Dura-Line is part of Mexichem, one of the biggest producers of plastic pipe and connections worldwide and one of the largest chemical and petrochemical companies in Latin America.

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