Leading plastic pipe manufacturer JM Eagle - formed earlier this year when J-M Manufacturing Co. Inc., said to be the world’s largest PVC pipe manufacturer, acquired PW Eagle - announced the appointment of Dennis Campbell to the newly created role of chief operating officer. Campbell has been acting as a consultant to the company over the last year on a variety of issues, including J-M Manufacturing’s acquisition of PW Eagle and the integration of the two companies.

Campbell brings more than 35 years of operations and management expertise in the plastics, automotive and power generation industries. He was formerly president and CEO of Ballard Power Systems, where he led a major strategic redirection and positioned the company to sustain its early leadership position in automotive fuel cell development. Campbell also served as president and CEO of Nash Engineering, a global manufacturer of specialty pumps; executive vice president of operations and engineering for the Sikorsky Aircraft Division of United Technologies; and vice president Power Generation Americas for Cummins Inc.

JM Eagle also announced plans to move its corporate headquarters from Livingston, NJ, to Los Angeles next year as part of a new regional sales strategy, with a dispersed regional sales force working directly in the field and supported by various branch offices in local markets. June 2008 is the target date for completion of the relocation. JM Eagle will continue to maintain a significant presence in Livingston, NJ, and Eugene, OR.

JM Eagle manufactures a wide array of high-performance PVC and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe for applications that include the utility, solvent weld, electrical conduit, natural gas, irrigation and water/sewage markets.