About JCM Industries

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PRESIDENT'S Message

Toxicology versus Mechanical

In the past several years the water and wastewater industry has been inundated with new and expanding regulations, codes, standards and other guiding documents from federal, state and local agencies. For those in our industry who celebrate their anniversary dates in decades, these changes are easily absorbed because of the years of exposure to standards. But for our incoming generations, becoming knowledgeable across the scope, codes and standards are a daunting task that will take time to acquire.

In our corner of the industry we are often asked to qualify our products and assure that they meet their required ANSI/AWWA Standards and other guiding codes, specifications and requirements. That is simple for JCM because our company members have played an active role in the development and refinement of many of the past and current standards. Other company members spend much of their time reviewing the changes and keeping the rest of us informed.

There are two common areas of standards/codes: toxicology and mechanical.

Toxicology requirements, such as the National Sanitation Foundation - NSF 61-G & NSF 372 Standards, specifically address materials, coatings and elastomers used in pipe & fittings that come in direct contact with the line content. This is a simplified definition, but NSF 61-G/372 ensures that materials are tested to meet or exceed the requirements set forth for potable water Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). As a mandate, manufacturers spend millions of dollars each year to keep products tested and certified. Along with NSF there are other agencies that provide the toxicology testing service and then certify the product through their agency that they meet the NSF 61-G/372.

Mechanical requirements, such as AWWA standards, ASME Boiler and Pressure Codes and many plumbing and fire codes are either codes or standards.  Many National, State, City, and/or Utility specifications are written around these codes and standards.  They are completely separate and different than the toxicology requirements and certifications.

Some testing agencies provide both toxicology testing as well as mechanical testing. This can be confusing because each of these certifications are completely separate and do not meet the requirements of the other.   For example, Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and Factory Mutual (FM) have been the providers for mechanical testing of products for use in the fire protection industry. Both have a well established reputation and are recognized insurers in the Fire Protection industry. Underwriters Laboratory (UL) has branched out and does third party certification to NSF/ANSI Standard 61-G/372 of the Clean Water Act, a toxicology standard which is not the same UL approval for performance/function of a product for fire service. The UL Classified Water Quality Mark certifies that a product is able to provide suitable drinking water for products such as filtration systems or water treatment additives. UL provides specific guidelines to marking products and references on literature and specifications. http://www.ul.com/marks/ul-listing-and-classification-marks/promotion-and-advertising-guidelines/specific-guidelines-and-rules/.

Providing dual services gives agencies a broad footprint in the industry, and unless well versed in the services offered, individuals can fail to separate or properly identify the marks, raising some interesting questions. JCM is often asked to respond to these questions - one common question we are asked: "Is your product UL approved?" requires some detective work. We respond with our own questions: where is the product being installed and/or what application is requiring UL approved products? Most often we determine that the end user has confused the UL for Water Quality mark (logo) for the UL for performance mark (logo). After explaining the difference between the two marks, the customer has learned a fine nuance of our industry and can move forward. If a toxicology code (NSF/ANSI 61-G/372) is used mistakenly for a mechanical fire industry, UL or FM, the inspectors that inspect the job or documents are required to fail the installation and require that the fitting be removed/replaced.

Learning these requirements after the fact can be expensive and time consuming lessons. Our customer service representatives can provide information on these standards and codes as they relate to our product line. If you have any questions, we are just a phone call away.

JCM Industries utilizes the testing services of the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) to ensure compliance to the NSF 61-G, NSF 372 Standards.

JCM - Fittings Delivered When You Need Them.

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Ron Collins, President JCM Industries, Inc.

 

CEO'S Message

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The 2017 year is off to an impressive start. As the new CEO of JCM I'd like to share a bit of my story. I am the third CEO of JCM, but unlike my grandfather and father, I am blessed to be standing on the shoulders of the giants before me. I've not started a company from scratch when I could easily relax in retirement, nor am I burdened with economic environment challenges and market competition that would bury a lesser company.

I have been put upon a horse that to many people appears to be in a full gallop, but the truth is - we are just getting warmed up.

This company has been with me for most my life - as a child I assembled catalogs around the dining room table, at 15 mowed the lawn and at 16 started to work in the factory. The years that followed had me in an outside sales territory and lead to oversite of the JCM outside sales team finally bringing me to this desk. This new position is my dream come true - as well as a huge responsibility - charged with leading the JCM mission which is: JCM will be JCM, not only to its customers, but more importantly, to its people.

What makes us different is the simple fact that we do things differently - it is our culture to do our best to take care of not only our customer but one another as associates. Our company is not only in transition, but transformation as well - and it is exciting. It's not because we are the biggest or most powerful company in our industry - it's because we are capable and willing.

In 2016 we had several unique and challenging project including 96" tapping sleeves for a project in the mountains of Mexico, line stop fittings for Vietnam along with project that took our product to Montreal Canada, Hawaiian Islands, Cancun Mexico and our own Philadelphia, PA.

Each new difficult project that JCM accepts makes us a stronger company with a great future. We are so appreciative of our customer base and the opportunities they present to us. Its working collaboratively that brings and keeps reliable service to our end users (and in some cases - that is us too). We look forward to a robust 2017!

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John Collins, CEO JCM Industries, Inc.

What Makes us Different

About Us - JCM Overhead

JCM Industries was incorporated in 1976 in Nash, Texas. As a leading fitting manufacturer, JCM recognized that the piping industry had two demands from a fitting manufacturer. First, a quality product designed to work efficiently and economically. Secondly, a product delivered when needed. JCM built its business on these two simple, yet vital foundations and continues to provide exceptional products with unsurpassed service.

JCM employees take personal pride in production and delivery efforts and are committed to a high standard of excellence for customer service. These commitments are carried throughout our organization daily from answering the first call to shipping the last product out the door.

Located to Serve You

Central location in the Northeast corner of Texas enables both common and chartered carrier to provide fast delivery to all areas of the US, Canada, Mexico, and all ports of export for international destinations. For emergency status orders, JCM has access to several local hotshot, air express and air cargo services.

Unique Piping Solutions

JCM has the most contemporary design features for today's repairs of yesterday's piping materials. Special application characteristics encountered on new piping material require versatile and reliable products delivered on an "as-need" basis.

JCM participates and supports all aspects of the water and wastewater industries through our many Association Memberships. As a manufacturer, JCM Industries products comply and exceed the recommended minimum standards of organizations that address our product line. JCM Industries plays an instrumental role in several industries and provides product application assistance for a variety of piping issues.