Rovanco Piping Systems, a leading manufacturer of the distribution of steam for heating or pre-insulated piping systems, is celebrating its 40-year anniversary in 2009. What started as two brothers in the industrial and commercial contracting business trying to make a decent living, serendipitously turned into the quest to become the market leader in pre-insulated piping systems.
LarryandDick Stonitsch,partners in L&R Contractors, were in need of a pre-insulated piping product for one of their projects, so they contacted a manufacturer of pre-insulated pipe in New Jersey, and subsequently were given a long lead time for the product. “When I suggested to them that I needed a better lead time - if they couldn’t do better than 17 weeks - I would have to go to their competitor. They, in turn, informed me they didn’t have a competitor. That was the spark that caused my brother and me to get into the pre-insulated piping business in 1969. We spent approximately 30 days designing a manufacturing process to make pre-insulated pipe. We quickly gained some orders because of our quick delivery,” said Larry Stonitsch. The business was conceived for the purpose of providing a high quality pre-insulated piping system as an alternative to (outdated, costly, less effective, etc.) field insulated piping.
Rovanco opened for business with the first dual line pre-insulated piping system in October of 1969. It didn’t take long for its reputation for high quality products, prompt delivery, diversity of product range, commitment to innovation and service to its customers, to move Rovanco to the forefront of this industry. Although Rovanco’s preinsulated piping systems can be used for almost any application for steam, hot water, fuel, chemical lines, our biggest markets are for process use, hot water for heating and chilled water for cooling, as well as fuel in distribution systems for airports and fueling facilities. “We see continued steady growth in our market; we are presently introducing innovative above-ground unique piping systems since we are now able to meet the Fire Codes,” said Stonitsch.
Over the course of 40 years, Rovanco has provided piping systems for thousands of projects and have manufactured thousands of miles of pre-insulated, pre-fabricated, pre-engineered piping systems for steam, hot water, containment systems for fuel and hazardous chemicals, chilled water, etc. Some notable projects for which Rovanco has supplied products:
One of the things that sets Rovanco’s products apart from the competition is its use of the latest high quality materials. Rovanco has exclusively used fusion-bonded epoxy as its only steel pipe coating since 1983. Others use coal tar, asphalt, and other coatings that can’t meet the ASTM Standards. Its use of high temperature foam also sets it apart from its competition. Rovanco has foam systems that can handle 400°F continuous and also meet the stringent requirements of the Fire Codes to have a 25 Flame and 50 Smoke Rating. “We don’t believe anyone else has a pre-insulated pipe with that type of rating,” said Stonitsch.
The economy, however, is affecting Rovanco like all other companies. There is a slowdown in the amount of jobs bidding and being awarded. “We are working diligently to get our share of the market to ride out the slowdown. One good thing about our business is that approximately 50% of the market we serve is replacement of existing piping systems. So as new construction slows down it certainly affects us, but not as much,” said Stonitsch.