The Daily Home: Update February 25, 2018
Special Projects Editor
Alpine Manufacturing firm produces plastic pipe since 1985
Hawk Plastics Corporation began as a producer of plastic pipe products, although more than 30 years later, it can no longer be exclusively described as such, according to its president.
“PVC sewer pipes are what got us into the business, but we’re not just a sewer pipe producer anymore,” said Larry Moody, who opened the manufacturing facility with partner Gene Davis in October 1985. Initially they occupied the former Beaunit Building then built a new plant next door in 2002, on Plant Road in Alpine. “That’s what our address says, but we’re actually closer to Childersburg.”
The pipes produced by Hawk Plastics “are not the ones you have inside your house,” Moody said. “They’re the pipes that run from the ditch in front of your house to the sewage treatment plant that sends you a bill every month.”
The PVC pipes are manufactured in sizes ranging from 4-12 inches in diameter and of varying lengths. After production began, transporting the pipes led to the creation of another successful product for the company.
“Truckers were having a difficult time handling it,” Moody said. “Loads would shift, which sometimes resulted in losing bundles. So Gene had the idea to make Ragglesticks.”
Ragglesticks is the name of Hawk Plastics’ packaging system that “creates what amounts to a saddle for the pipes to sit in. That way you can get a firm strapping around it to form a really good package that can be stacked three or four high.”
Hawk Plastics is the exclusive American manufacturer of the packaging. “Gene was the brains behind it, I worked on the mechanical aspects, and we got a patent on it,” Moody said. Davis has since retired from the business, “but he still offers good advice whenever we have a chicken biscuit together.”
Another product produced by the local manufacturer includes what it colloquially calls “chicken pipe” because it is often used in cooling systems for industrial chicken houses. The pipe serves to collect water and allow it to be pumped back through the cooling system, Moody said, reducing temperatures inside the houses by as much as 10 degrees.
“We ship a whole lot of them over to manufacturers in Georgia. Evidently there are more chicken houses out there than I ever realized.”
Other Hawk Plastics products include perforated pipes (the perforations are made by four drills that simultaneously pierce the pipe every 3 inches along its length), used primarily in transportation infrastructure projects; plastic core tubes, which some manufacturers of carpet and artificial turf insert inside rolls of their product instead of cardboard tubing; plastic storage containers for shipping fishing rods and quivers for archery sets. Our most labor intensive products include the fabrication of cooling tower piping for electrical generating plants ,notably the two new nuclear plants just built by Georgia Power/Southern Company.
Moody said the company is proud of its several-years-long record of no lost hours due to accidents. “We’re still here, which is a tribute to the fact that the Lord has helped us. We wouldn’t be here without the blessings we have received from Him.”