Viega announced today that production of Viega MegaPress® and MegaPressG carbon steel press fittings has commenced at its manufacturing facility in McPherson, Kan.
Viega broke ground for the 80,000-sq.ft. manufacturing addition to its McPherson campus in November of 2014. The first Viega MegaPress forming cell is now producing the first of Viega’s metal products in the United States. The new Viega metals manufacturing facility cold forms 1/2- to 2-in. press by press and straight elbow MegaPress and MegaPressG fittings.
“MegaPress use continues to grow in the U.S. market and by manufacturing it here, we can more effectively and efficiently deliver MegaPress product solutions to our distributors and customers across the country,” said Dave Garlow, president and CEO of Viega LLC. “These fittings are the first Viega metals products to be made right here in the United States.”
Under full production, the new facility is capable of manufacturing 3 million MegaPress fittings per year. In addition, Viega assembles 250 different MegaPress fitting configurations, nearly every MegaPress product option available, at its metals production facility and is able to assemble 1.5 million fittings annually.
“The new facility is functioning perfectly for our current MegaPress manufacturing needs,” said Eric Wicker, director of manufacturing at Viega. “We built the metals manufacturing facility with plans to add more MegaPress production cells and additional high-tech manufacturing processes.”
Ideal for industrial, commercial and residential applications, the Viega MegaPress system is easy to use, flameless and environmentally friendly. It makes secure, water-tight and air-tight connections in seconds. The system performs well in both new installations and retrofit projects. The innovative Viega MegaPress leaves no joining material buildup, exposed threads or tarnish creating a clean, professional appearance.
Viega sources say Viega is the industry’s premier manufacturer of pipe joining systems for plumbing, heating and industrial applications. The company currently manufactures plastic products for the PureFlow® plumbing and Viega ProRadiant™ product lines, including the Viega ManaBloc® homerun water distribution system and the Viega-assembled panels for easy radiant heating installation in McPherson.
Viega owns and operates five strategically located manufacturing and distribution centers around the United States. Each facility is ISO 2008:9001 certified and operates with a comprehensive, state-of-the-art quality management system that ensures the best possible products and services.
Viega announced in September that the new facility is also producing PEX resin used in the manufacturing of its ViegaPEX Ultra tubing for plumbing systems.
The Viega Group, with a tradition of innovation for more than 115 years, has more than 4,000 employees worldwide and is among the leading manufacturers of pipe fitting installation technology. In metal press systems for industrial, commercial and residential projects, the company is the global market leader. In the U.S., Viega LLC employs nearly 500 people and offers more than 3,000 products. These include Viega ProPress® for copper and stainless, Viega MegaPress® for black iron pipe and Viega PEX Press systems in Zero Lead™ bronze and high-performance polymer. Viega also specializes in the design, production and installation of ProRadiant™ heating and cooling systems. For more information, visit viega.us.
Zero Lead refers to products meeting the requirements of NSF 61-G through testing under NSF/ANSI Standard 372.