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PIFF DESIGN — Concrete pipe3 stored In huge volume merge into a "lace-work" "lace-work" "lace-work" design of Joined circles in this picture taken at the United Concrete Pipe Corp. yards r.ear Saticoy. On top of the stockpile plant manage", inspecting the quality of the production Sot/coy Firm Produces 5,000 Tons of Concrete Pipe Annually By Ralph Kamiosky SATICOl' — A Ventura County County pipe making Arm that started modestly in Montalvo 40 years ago now produces 5,000 tons of pipe each year here and is part of a $G million statewide business business operation. The United Concrete Pipe Corp. has its products where they can be seen plainly by any motorist' driving on Highway 118 between here and Moorpark and the Simi Valley. The pipes produced by the plant here arc stored in huge rows near the highway just east of the Saticoy bridge which spans the Santa Clara river. The Saticoy plant does a quarter-million quarter-million quarter-million dollar business annually and has an $80,000 pay roll, Robert D. Creson, plant: manager said. In addition the corporation has spread from Ventura County to cover all important agricultural areas of the slate and into Wash' ington. Pipe manufacturing plants operate in the San Joa quin Valley, mainly at Stockton and Tulare, three are in Wash ington and two are In Texas, Mr. Creson said. The Ventura County operation started in 1MB at Mental moved to its present site two yeara later. The main office of the corporation has been estab lished at Baldwin Park Besides manufacturing the concrete pipe the firm's major business is to install the pipe in irrigation systems for the county ranches. "We do OS percent of our busi ness in the ranch irrigation field,' Mr. Creson said One of the largest, irrigation systems installed during the last three years has been 8,000 feet: of pipe at the Sunnyslope Ranch near Santa Paula. Another large job took 1,000 feet of pipe, he said. Engineering the irrigation system, system, maintaining it and repair- repair- after the installs- installs- Speaks 10 Tongues, Studies Nine Others SEATTLE, Wash, — (1» . James E. Bossom, 24, an e: soldier who speaks 10 languages and has studied at least nine others, is attending the TJni versity of Washington here. Bossom currently is studying Mongolian and other Altaic languages, languages, which include Turkish and centra! Asian tongues. Already he can speak French, German, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Swedish, Russian, and English. He has studied Gothic, Old and Middle High German, Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Saxon, ing any leaks Hon ia-made ia-made ia-made are all lumped to gether as part of the operations of the company. - The firm ■ has a work crew which, averages 20 men. At this time of the year the crew dwin dies to 15 men and by April i goes up to 30 men, fluctuating with the'1 seasonal demands for irrigation work. From June to September the irrigation installation phase of the operation is "slow" because farms' and ranches are ltj full operation and doing heavy irrigation irrigation for current crops, Peak installation periods come in winter, Mr. Creson said, when irrigation is reduced and farming farming "slows down." Pipe manufficturlnK at the. plant is handled by the same. workers who cin the installation 750-Ton 750-Ton 750-Ton Walnut jobs and the pipe making is i every two minutes. The "large", Creson said, to prevent the scheduled to fit the work at the ranches. "When the men aren't busy installing installing or maintaining the systems systems Ihey go to work here," Mr. Creson explained, The firm serves about 300 ranches which are "perpetual customers," who continue doing business with the pipe company for maintenance and repair after it had installed their Irrigation systems. "There are five pipe companies in the county, and each of them has a pretty well established trade. We seldom get a new customer," he said. This is partly due to the fact that "almost every ranch in the county has its irrigation system already," Mr, Creson said. The concrete pipes made by the company range in size from sbc to 42 inches in diameter andl come in two and three-foot three-foot three-foot lengths. The "small" pipes, from six to 20 inches in diameter, can be turned out at the rate of one ones, 24 to 42 inches in diameter can be made at the rate of one every 15 minutes. To make the small pipes con crete is poured into a "packer head" pipe machine. The con Crete is packed against a "jacket1 which is the pipe form. The concrete is "stripped" ii an operation which removes o "strips" the form before the. cement hardens. The larfje pipe is manufactur ed in a "sand rammer'' which. Mr. Creson said, is an "air hammer" hammer" into which the concrete is fed. The contraption has a on the inside and a pipe jacket on the outside, with the concrete going in between This, too, Is stripped before the concrete is Hardened, After the "stripping*1- "stripping*1- the. pipes are cured slowly under water for seven days. ■ Actually, Mr. Creson said, the pipes are not submerged in water. They are put under a set of sprinklers and are kept wet in that manner. The watering is essential, Mr crete from drying to rapidly. 'If it dries to fast the pipe crumble," Mr, Creson said. When the drying process completed the pipes-are pipes-are pipes-are to the storage yard and piled up, ready to he to any joo that is ordered. Dir. creson nas neen United Concrete Pipe for 10 Nor-and has been ptant manager he last 3H years. THE is ■ meaning that affects your job, your home, your purchase* — your future. That's th* story which SYLVIA PORTER bring* to you in her column • all of

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  1. Press-Courier,
  2. 03 Dec 1957, Tue,
  3. Page 8

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