In 1984, Advanced Drainage Systems saw an opportunity to expand into a growing and vibrant marketplace.
"Infrastructure in the Northeast was getting old, and Advanced Drainage Systems saw the need for our product," Jeff McPeek, Advanced Drainage Systems' Muncy plant manager, said. "And Muncy is centrally located between New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey."
The company has been located in the Muncy Industrial Park ever since.
Advanced Drainage Systems employee Cody Reeder welds a fitting for a pipe at the company's plant in Muncy.
According to McPeek, the company as a whole, which was founded in 1966, continues to enjoy "steady growth" as the years go by.
"We're a very steady, stable business," he said. "We're continuing to make improvements to our products."
The plant manufactures drainage pipes for storm weather management.
"The pipes help take the water away from parking lots and other places," McPeek said. "The water has to go somewhere."
For example, McPeek said underneath the new Target store's parking lot are Advanced Drainage System pipes to help drain the lot when the weather gets bad.
McPeek said he doesn't expect the business to slow down anytime soon.
"We're positioned to go after our largest competitor," he said. "The Northeast is still booming, it makes a good marketplace."
The company's Muncy manufacturing plant, which is one of 33 throughout the nation, employs about 120 employees and is one of the largest in the corporation.
"We used to be the largest," McPeek said. "We are still one of the largest."
The 33 plants are "strategically located" throughout the country to prevent costly shipping trips from one area to another.
"We're a network of distributors throughout the country," he said.
McPeek said the company provides a great opportunity for anyone looking for a steady and stable career.
"We believe in promoting from within," he said. "It's very easy to start and grow a lot with the company."
And he doesn't just say that from a management perspective.
"A great example is myself," he said.
McPeek began his career with the company four years ago, when he started as a yard manager for the plant.
After working his way through the ranks and different positions, he was appointed plant manager.
McPeek believes the company treats all of its employees with respect and does the little things to make employees feel good while on the job.
"This is a great place to work," he said.
The company not only offers opportunity for local growth, but the opportunity to relocate to one of the other plants nationwide if an employee is interested, according to McPeek.
"You can start and get your feet wet here," he said.
In addition to giving back to its employees, McPeek said the company enjoys helping the community in which it thrives.
"We don't just have a plant here," he said. "We have families here. We're part of this community and we want to see Muncy and Hughesville grow."
The company participates in the Hughesville-area Relay for Life, Toys for Tots and donated money to help build the Eastern Lycoming YMCA.
"We believe in giving back to the community," McPeek said.
The plant also creates business in the area through agreements with other area companies, like an agreement the company has with Muncy's Fry's Plastic.
"Fry's Plastic is one of our biggest customers," McPeek said. "The agreement we have has been mutually beneficial for both companies."
The plant has continued to demonstrate its ability to perform year after year, according to McPeek.
"This plant is a perennial award-winner," he said.
McPeek said he expects the plant to continue to be successful far into the future.
"We've been here for 25 years," he said. "Hopefully we'll be here for another 25 years and beyond. We're always continuing to hire, develop and grow."