Finding a corrosion- and rust-resistant piping system that could handle acidic chemicals and require no open flames during installation.
Aquatherm’s PP-R pipe was used due to its chemical resistance, ease of use, and a 10-year multimillion-dollar warranty.
In a factory where the simple ring of a cell phone could set off a fatal explosion, the ability to make long-lasting piping connections without an open flame was invaluable.
Editor's Note: In January 2010, the Mapa Spontex Inc.'s Columbia, Tennessee factory operations ceased due to the sale of the company.
For more than the last half-century, a Columbia, Tennessee factory manufactured all varieties of sponges in a 250,000-plus-sq-ft plant. One of the few spots in the U.S. where sponges were still manufactured, the Mapa Spontex Inc. plant employed 150 people. To the uninitiated visitor, the plant could be a bit intimidating: Cars were required to be parked rear-first for quick evacuations; visitors needed to sign in, view a safety video, and don safety apparel; cell phones were not allowed to be on in the facility, as the spark caused by a cell phone ring could cause an explosion.