After Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida, the nation’s biggest pipe manufacturer said it had shut down production for the foreseeable future.
The pipes that make up the pipe industry are one of the nation´s most important economic engines, and in many cases the biggest beneficiaries of Hurricane Irma.
In fact, the pipe business is still a large part of the Florida economy, and many pipe factories are still operating.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the American Pipe and Pipe Mill Association had shuttered about 5 percent of its operations in the state, the company said.
It is not immediately clear when the pipes will be reopened.
As Irma rages, the country is trying to find out if the pipes it needs can be restored.
“It has been an extraordinary time for the American pipe industry, and we appreciate the outpouring of support from our customers and our fellow pipe industry workers,” American Pipe & Pipe Growers said in a statement.
The industry is facing a variety of challenges. “
In the meantime, we have taken a hard look at what we need to do to restore our business and ensure that our customers, employees and suppliers are protected.”
The industry is facing a variety of challenges.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma destroyed tens of thousands of trees and uprooted hundreds of millions of dollars worth of construction equipment.
Irma destroyed or damaged some of the country’s most prized pipe pieces.
The American Pipe Company’s pipe industry is an important part of Florida´s economy, but it is also a highly vulnerable industry, said Michael P. Mays, the association´s chairman.
“The pipe is very much at the heart of our business, and it is important that we get it back to business as usual,” Mays said.
“That means that we must put all of our resources behind it, and that includes our workers and suppliers, who are the heart and soul of the American family of pipes.”
The pipe industry has suffered from a number of issues in the last two hurricanes.
Hurricane Maria destroyed most of the industry´s power grid and caused power outages across the state.
Irma also caused an electrical crisis in Miami-Dade County, forcing the county to shut down its airport.
In other areas of the state that experienced major storm damage, such as the state capital, Tallahassee, power was restored for a short time.
The hurricane was also a major blow to Florida´truck industry, which has been under significant strain.
The industry employs thousands of people, and the disruption of its ability to supply its customers has affected truck production in other parts of the U.S. The company said it will spend $1 billion in rebuilding and resuming operations in parts of Florida.