McElroy has recently announced the addition of three new distributors that will serve domestic and international customers from east to west.

The new distributors are R&B Company of San Jose, California; Miami International Machinery and Equipment Corp (Mimeco) of Medley, Florida; and SOFIPO of Moscow, Russia.

"Our fusion machines play a critical role in meeting the increasing demand for fusible pipelines worldwide," said Chip McElroy, president and chief executive officer of McElroy. "The pipeline industry associates our brand with the most advanced, reliable and efficient machines on the market which ensures that the infrastructure systems being built are first-rate."

R&B Company distributes underground utility supplies for water, sewer, storm water and fusible pipeline products from its seven locations throughout northern California.

"With the emerging trenchless market, it’s a real benefit to be able to add the McElroy fusion machines to our inventory for our contractors," said Kurt Vincelette, chief operating officer of R&B. "It’s a good value and a great complement to our business."

Mimeco serves the oil, water, gas and mining industries and is also a global exporter of valves, fittings and high-density polyethylene pipe.

The company’s McElroy products are primarily in use at jobsites in Suriname, a small country off the north-eastern Atlantic coast of South America.

"Polyethylene pipes are preferred by construction engineers in their piping systems mainly because of their more superior quality compared to traditional materials used for pipes," said Joseph Pimentel, Mimeco president. "Contractors rely on polyethylene pipe systems as they try to adhere to stricter regulations."

SOFIPO is a spin-off of PALECO, a Russian company that provides a full range of pipe clamps and electrofusion products manufactured in the United Kingdom, and will now be a supplier of McElroy’s butt fusion equipment.

SOFIPO serves the gas and water industry through an established network of dealers and contractors throughout Russia.

McElroy will be featured with SOFIPO this year at two major exhibitions: Aqua-Therm in Moscow on 4-7 February and Ecwatech on 3-6 June.