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Import Vs Domestic Cast Iron Pipe & Fitting

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  • 1. The Facts Cast Iron Soil Pipe & Fittings Domestic vs Import • CISPI is an exclusive and closed marketing association, whose members are comprised of the two remaining domestic pipe manufacturers, Tyler Pipe and Charlotte Pipe. • Unlike IAPMO, ASTM or UL, CISPI is not an independent listing and testing agency with hundreds of quality control engineers and thousands of members. • Many have been led to believe that the CISPI 301 standard is the only acceptable standard for cast iron soil pipe and fittings. • It is one of two nationally recognized standards. • CISPI recognizes the ASTM A-888 as an equal and alternate quality standard. • CISPI accepts the listing and compliance certificates issued by IAPMO. • CISPI members have their products tested by IAPMO R&T, and evaluated for compliance with ASTM A-888. • A spec allowing only pipe with the CISPI logo is restrictive and eliminates the essential variable called competition, and all of its associated benefits. It creates a pure monopoly.
  • 2. The CISPI Handbook
  • 3. Page 8 of the CISPI Handbook ….accordance with the ASTM A888 or CISPI 301 Hubless cast iron soil pipe and fittings are simply pipe and fittings manufactured without a hub, in accordance with the ASTM A888 or CISPI 301. http://www.cispi.org/pdf/2006-Handbook.pdf CISPI clearly accepts the ASTM A-888 as an equal alternative The key operative word is or.
  • 4. CISPI Approved specifications ASTM A-888-06
  • 5. Food for Thought • The “domestic only” spec is singularly exclusive to cast iron soil pipe and fittings used in waste drain and vent system. Not applicable to: • The copper pipes, drinking fountains or faucets that carry the potable water that we drink • The coils, fans and louvers in a HVAC system that moves the air that we breathe • The regulators and manifolds in a medical gas system delivering life saving oxygen • The steel pipe that delivers natural gas to heat our buildings and hot water. • Consider the storm of protests that would certainly meet any attempt to require all of the above materials to meet the “domestic only” criteria.
  • 6. Walmart Removed the “domestic only” language December 2006
  • 7. Matco Norca Listing Certificate from IAPMO
  • 8. Call to Action Would you consider? • Leveling the playing field • Why? Allow competition and the free market system to exert their influence as it does with every other product • How? Remove the “domestic only” and “must have the CISPI logo” language from the spec for this project and your Master Spec. • Replacing it with the following: ….the cast iron pipe and fittings shall meet the CISPI 301 or ASTM A-888 quality standard and shall be listed and certified by IAPMO. Thank you for considering this matter Ra Puriri Trade Warrior Consulting Matco Norca Representitive 435-229-2229 tradewarrior@gmail.com