J.W. Austin Industries, Inc. Selects Vycom's Seaboard™ HDPE to Double the Life of Clients’ Industrial Fans

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J.W. Austin Industries, Inc., has selected Vycom's Seaboard (TM) HDPE material to construct large industrial fan covers to protect them from direct exposure to the elements, due to its durability and resistance to harsh environments. The fans are designed for water treatment plant purification systems, which draw fumes from chemicals into a scrubber that takes them out of the air.

Vycom's Seaboard protects the industrial fans from the elements and UV rays.

We chose Vycom’s Seaboard because it’s impervious to sunlight, salt and everything else these units will be exposed to across the country.-- Stephen Austin, general manager of J.W. Austin Industries, Inc.

J.W. Austin Industries Inc., a more than 40-year-old manufacturer and distributor of plastic products, was tasked with designing and fabricating structures to protect industrial fans used by water processing facilities. Because the fans are installed outside in direct exposure to the elements, the company chose to build the structures using Vycom’s Seaboard™ HDPE because it can withstand a range of weather conditions.

As part of Vycom’s Seaboard line, the HDPE plastic marine, RV and outdoor material provides superior performance where water, UV exposure and other harsh elements are present. Unlike wood or metal alternatives, Seaboard HDPE will not rust, corrode, rot, delaminate or splinter. It also offers superior scratch resistance and stiffness.

“We chose Vycom’s Seaboard because it’s impervious to sunlight, salt and everything else these units will be exposed to across the country,” says Stephen Austin, general manager of J.W. Austin Industries, Inc., in West Melbourne, Florida. “The fans cost about $50,000 each and these houses double their lifespan by protecting them from the elements.”

In water processing, chemicals used by both the wastewater treatment plants and water refining facilities emit hazardous fumes. The fans drive the facilities’ purification units, drawing the fumes toward a scrubber which then takes them out of the air. The protective structures resemble a small shed and were first developed for water processing facilities in the Southeast, particularly in Florida and Texas. J.W. Austin has since manufactured approximately 30 structures, generally working on two or three at a time, which have been shipped throughout the United States.

“Vycom’s Seaboard is durable and easy to work with and is the right material for the job,” says Austin. “We feel we have found the perfect solution for the tough environment these fans operate in.”

J.W. Austin was founded in 1972 by Austin’s father, James Austin. The company manufactures and sells a variety of plastic products, including chemical tanks, exhaust systems and parts for boats.

Learn more about Seaboard on Vycom’s website at http://www.vycomplastics.com.

About Vycom:
Vycom, a division of CPG International, is dedicated to maintaining an environment where quality meets performance. Vycom offers the largest range of products, capabilities and inventory for all your Olefin and PVC needs. For more information, visit http://www.vycomplastics.com.

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