01 April 2004

Amitech USA builds new plant for corrosion resistant pipe systems

Amitech USA, a member of the Amiantit Group, has completed the first stage of construction of a new $30 million production facility in Zachary, LA.

"The state-of-the-art facility," says Michael Livermore, Amitech's marketing manager, "produces fiberglass reinforced polymer pipe and will soon start to produce polymer concrete pipe for the construction industry utilizing advanced
proprietary technology and equipment." The facility is designed to be the flagship of Amitech's North America operations and will create more than 150 new jobs to the Baton Rouge area over the next two years.

The company's two product lines are Flowtite and Meyer Polycrete. Flowtite pipe is used in both direct burial and rehabilitation applications. The lightweight, corrosion resistant Flowtite system is available in pressure classes ranging from 50 psi to 250 psi and stiffness classes from 18 psi to 72 psi. Diameters range from 12 inches to 96 inches and standard lengths of 20 feet and 40 feet. Custom diameters are available for pipe rehabilitation applications.

Polycrete pipe is designed for a variety of sanitary, storm and industrial sewer applications; and can be produced in either circular or non-circular designs. The non-circular designs include kite shaped and egg shaped. Polycrete pipe is manufactured in diameters of 8 inches to 102 inches with 8-foot lenghts and 10-foot lengths available depending on diameter. Polycrete piping systems are joined by conventional push-on joint design, ph: 225.658.6166. circle No. 176-(allbusiness)

Lebanon Time-Line

Introducing Lebanon

Coolly combining the ancient with the ultramodern, Lebanon is one of the most captivating countries in the Middle East. From the Phoenician findings of Tyre (Sour) and Roman Baalbek's tremendous temple to Beirut's BO18 and Bernard Khoury's modern movement, the span of Lebanon's history leaves many visitors spinning. Tripoli (Trablous) is considered to have the best souk in the country and is famous for its Mamluk architecture. It's well equipped with a taste of modernity as well; Jounieh, formerly a sleepy fishing village, is a town alive with nightclubs and glitz on summer weekends.

With all of the Middle East's best bits - warm and welcoming people, mind-blowing history and considerable culture, Lebanon is also the antithesis of many people's imaginings of the Middle East: mostly mountainous with skiing to boot, it's also laid-back, liberal and fun. While Beirut is fast becoming the region's party place, Lebanon is working hard to recapture its crown as the 'Paris of the Orient'.

The rejuvenation of the Beirut Central District is one of the largest, most ambitious urban redevelopment projects ever undertaken. Travellers will find the excitement surrounding this and other developments and designs palpable - and very infectious.

Finally, Lebanon's cuisine is considered the richest of the region. From hummus to hommard (lobster), you'll dine like a king. With legendary sights, hospitality, food and nightlife, what more could a traveller want?

Introducing Beirut

What Beirut is depends entirely on where you are. If you’re gazing at the beautifully reconstructed colonial relics and mosques of central Beirut’s Downtown, the city is a triumph of rejuvenation over disaster.

If you’re in the young, vibrant neighbourhoods of Gemmayzeh or Achrafiye, Beirut is about living for the moment: partying, eating and drinking as if there’s no tomorrow. If you’re standing in the shadow of buildings still peppered with bullet holes, or walking the Green Line with an elderly resident, it’s a city of bitter memories and a dark past. If you’re with Beirut’s Armenians, Beirut is about salvation; if you’re with its handful of Jews, it’s about hiding your true identity. Here you’ll find the freest gay scene in the Arab Middle East, yet homosexuality is still illegal. If you’re in one of Beirut’s southern refugee camps, Beirut is about sorrow and displacement; other southern districts are considered a base for paramilitary operations and south Beirut is home to infamous Hezbollah secretary general, Hassan Nasrallah. For some, it’s a city of fear; for others, freedom.

Throw in maniacal drivers, air pollution from old, smoking Mercedes taxis, world-class universities, bars to rival Soho and coffee thicker than mud, political demonstrations, and swimming pools awash with more silicone than Miami. Add people so friendly you’ll swear it can’t be true, a political situation existing on a knife-edge, internationally renowned museums and gallery openings that continue in the face of explosions, assassinations and power cuts, and you’ll find that you’ve never experienced a capital city quite so alive and kicking – despite its frequent volatility.