Ever consider where the idea for drain tile came from? It’s a process that’s even been described by the ancient Greeks as far back as 200 B.C. However, contemporary drain tile processes in North America began with John Johnston, a Scot who emigrated to the States in 1821. Purchasing a large farm in Seneca County, NY, he soon

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encountered problems with field moisture from the large number of underground springs in the area. Having seen tile drainage used successfully back in Scotland, he commissioned a local pottery company to create 3,000 clay drainage tiles for him in 1838. A resounding success for both Johnston and the business that supplied the tile, the region soon became home to ten tile drainage factories. Next time you’re in upstate New York, check out the Mike Weaver Drain Tile Museum at the John Johnston house in Geneva. It’s both a celebration of today’s drain tile industry and its colorful history, with tiles at the museum dating back to 500 B.C.

Today most of the clay drain tile plants have been replaced with plastic corrugated pipe plants scattered across the upper US states and Canada, selling 100’s of millions of feet of 4” land drainage pipe every year.  If you’re looking for information about plastic drain tile, get in touch with ProfilePipe. We have all the technology you’ll need to both make drain tile and support the start-up, with machinery partners that offer pipe corrugator and downstream equipment to make farm drain tile. Call or email us today for more information!

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