ISCO Industries Turns 50

By Traci Read, Managing Editor | September 2012, Vol. 67 No. 9

1980s
Driscopipe changed the company dynamic and with it Kirchdorfer, Sr. streamlines product offerings. ISCO expanded sales into the industrial market and added a fabrication plant for HDPE fittings.

1991
ISCO purchased the assets of Mid-Continent Pipe & Supply in St. Louis, MO.

1992
ISCO purchased a McElroy 65-inch fusion machine. At this time, it was the largest transportable fusion machine in the U.S. ISCO also built a larger HDPE fabrication plant in Louisville.

1995
Outside salespeople are hired for the states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Missouri.

1998
ISCO Industries LLC becomes the official company name.

1999
Looking to expand into the Southeast, ISCO acquired Fluid Controls, a Driscopipe distributor based in Huntsville, AL. The Fluid Controls acquisition positioned ISCO as the nation’s largest distributor of HDPE piping products. ISCO also received Factory Mutual approval for fabricated fittings.

2000
ISCO expanded into the west coast market and broke ground on a new production facility in California. The company began fabricating circuit maker vaults for ground source heat pump applications in the geothermal market.

2001
On Jan. 1, ISCO acquired Fife Industrial Pipe Company from U.S. Filter. Fife was a distributor and fabricator of HDPE pipe in Florida. Fife brought additional fabrication capacity, a facility in the large Florida market, additional fusion equipment, a strong reputation in the state, and a group of talented professionals with years of experience in the HDPE piping industry. Responding to customer demand, ISCO continued to add more distribution facilities including a distribution site in Joliet, IL (near Chicago) in the summer of 2001.

2002
The company acquired Cooper Wholesale in August and Poly-Fab in September. Cooper Wholesale, located in Pryor, OK, was the larger of the two acquisitions and specialized in HDPE pipe for oil fields. ISCO hired a distribution site manager and converted the Poly-Fab facility located in South Roxana, IL, near St. Louis, into a distribution site for pipe, fittings and fusion equipment.

2003
ISCO acquired the assets of two HDPE pipe branches from National Waterworks with locations in Fresno, CA, and Vancouver, WA (Portland area). ISCO continued its expansion in September with the acquisition of Maskell-Robbins’ Houston branch.

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