Nu Flow Alaska is rapidly building a following in the Last Frontier for its creative lining solutions for deteriorating small-diameter pipes inside buildings.
The Anchorage location is one of 300 licensees of Nu Flow in the United States, Canada and more than 50 countries on five continents.
Nu Flow rehabilitates several types of potable, drain and mechanical pipe systems in residential, commercial, industrial and municipal buildings by installing blown-in epoxy coating and Pull-in-Place structural liners.
“Nu Flow Alaska services all of Alaska,” said Joe Jaime, who heads the six-employee Anchorage office.
Jaime, a general contractor in Alaska for more than 20 years, purchased the license from Nu Flow in May 2012 for the rights to market the company’s products and services in Alaska.
“I was working on a sewer line replacement project at the VA Long Beach Hospital (Long Beach, Calif.) and encountered an area where we couldn’t replace the pipe. I searched the Internet and found a company that lined pipes from the inside without having to replace the pipe, which was Nu Flow. Once I saw how Nu Flow had epoxy lined the sewer line pipe, I knew there would be a need for this kind of application in Alaska.”
Nu Flow markets its patented technologies as being uniquely beneficial by preventing displacement, closure, disruption and destruction of pipe systems, while saving customers money, time and hassle on repairs.
Technology transferThe company got its start in Toronto in 1998 when Cameron Manners, a plumbing technician working for his uncle, saw the potential in applying no-dig technologies used to repair large-diameter, exterior pipes to repairs of leaky and aging pipes inside buildings.
Manners founded Nu Flow Technologies, which today manufactures, installs and distributes cost-effective, green re-pipe alternatives and no-dig solutions, including epoxy coatings for potable water lines and structural liners for drain lines.
The manufacturing and distributing arm of Nu Flow makes all of its own epoxies, lining materials and certain specialty installation equipment, and provides Nu Flow licensees with materials designed specifically to solve inside-infrastructure problems.
Manners, now president and CEO of the fast-growing Nu Flow companies, holds two patents for creative lining solutions covering multiple processes and products, and has an additional patent pending.
In addition to its network of licensees, the 150-employee company has regional offices in Orange County, Calif., San Diego, Chicago, Florida, Maryland, Houston, Texas as well as Toronto.
In 2005 Nu Flow merged with American Pipe Lining to become Nu Flow America, the first and only company offering dual technologies for small-diameter pipe systems. In the process, the company acquired Seattle-based APL Northwest.
Diverse clienteleIn Washington State, Nu Flow has helped rehabilitate the interior of deteriorated or failing water piping systems. The company has completed more than $10 million in projects throughout Washington for a variety of customers, including the Washington Housing Authority, public schools, the Boeing Co., high-rise office buildings and condominiums.
During the 15 months since Nu Flow’s innovations became available in Alaska, the company has completed projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the University of Alaska Anchorage, the State of Alaska and Halliburton Services Prudhoe Bay, numerous condo associations and residential properties.
Nu Flow Alaska is targeting all federal and state properties, school districts, condominium associations, commercial buildings, hospitals, oil fields and mining operations.
Added Jaime “We’re working with a lot of engineering firms to help them understand the benefits of using an array of Nu Flow’s cured-in-place epoxy pipe lining solutions.”