FINDLAY, Ohio – Congressman Robert E. Latta (R–OH) toured the Findlay manufacturing plant of Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS), located in his 5th Congressional District of Ohio to gain a better understanding of what local businesses need to prosper. He also learned from ADS executives how the company identifies employees with the exact skills needed to continue the growth of ADS.
“I want to thank ADS for allowing me to visit their Findlay facility, which makes a variety of pipes for multiple uses that are distributed not only here in Ohio but across the United States. For me to be able to represent my district in Congress, it is absolutely essential for me to visit facilities, such as ADS, to hear about the opportunities and obstacles currently facing our job creators,” said Congressman Latta. “Last week, the House of Representatives passed a very important piece of legislation, H.R. 803, the SKILLS Act (Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills) to reform and modernize federal workforce development programs. Workforce development is critical to revitalizing America’s economy, especially in northwest and west central Ohio, where many world-class manufacturing facilities, such as ADS, are located.”
Currently, ADS has 3,800 employees and was founded in 1966. ADS designs and manufactures pipe and other products used in municipal storm and sanitary sewers, highway and agricultural drainage projects. Headquartered in Hilliard, Ohio, it has a global network of 57 domestic and international manufacturing plants and 28 regional distribution centers plus engineering support and customer service groups.
Congressman Latta’s visit on 22 March 2013 featured a tour of the Findlay plant as it was producing large diameter, corrugated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe used in storm water management systems.
“It was an honor to host Congressman Latta,” stated Tom Fussner, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ADS. “We appreciate the opportunity to discuss the needs of our organization and to provide an overview of how we operate, with a focus on our employee development programs.”
During the past two years, acquisitions and heightened product demand enabled ADS to grow despite the nation’s recent tough economic times.
“Part of our success is attributed to having manufacturing facilities in every region of the country, as well as throughout the Western Hemisphere,” stated Fussner. “Not only does this make us the largest corrugated pipe producer in the world, but it increases our ability to locally and quickly supply customers with a full range of water management products that help to increase crop yields and meet the demand for pipe and structures used in infrastructure projects.”
Additional information about ADS and its products can be found at, or by calling 800-733-7473.
About Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS) is the world’s largest producer of corrugated HDPE pipe. Founded in 1966, it serves the storm water drainage and on-site industry through a global network of 57 domestic and international manufacturing plants and more than 28 distribution centers. In addition to its flagship N-12® pipe, the company offers a complete line of fittings and other accessories including StormTech® stormwater chambers, Nyloplast® drainage structures and various geotextiles. To learn more about ADS, log on to, or call 800-733-7473.
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