Continuing its drive as North America's premier pressure pipe manufacturer, Hanson Pressure Pipe named Mike Leathers, senior vice president of the company effective January 1, 2009. Leathers previously served as Senior Vice President of Sales for Hanson Pressure Pipe and the South Central Region of Hanson Pipe & Precast. In his new role, Leathers reports to Richard Manning, President of Hanson Building Products.

"Hanson has remained stable a midst a difficult period in the manufacturing industry and through this transition and adjustment of operations," said Richard Manning, president of Hanson Building Products North America. "Mike has the energy, innovation and commercial background to evolve Hanson Pressure Pipe into the 21st century."

Hanson Pressure Pipe is a leading provider of concrete steel and steel pressure pipe and employs more than 1,100 people. The company was established from Hanson Building Products North America's Hanson Pipe & Precast division after its acquisition of Price Brothers Company and Hyprescon, two prominent pressure pipe companies.