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Photo courtesy of ISCO Industries

Louisville’s downtown market just keeps getting hotter. The latest evidence of this heat comes via ISCO Industries, which is leaving the Highlands for a piece of the urban action.

ISCO announced today plans to relocate to 100 Witherspoon St., near the KFC Yum! Center, on Sept. 1. The company currently is located at 926 Baxter Ave., and the firm has been in the Highlands since it opened in 1962. ISCO supplies and manufactures customized pipes.

ISCO Chairman Jimmy Kirchdorfer Jr. said in a statement the move is precipitated by the firm’s growth, adding, “While we hate to leave the Highlands, which has been home to ISCO since our beginning, we are excited about what is happening in downtown Louisville, and look forward to being part of that community.”

The company is going to rent space at its new location, said Chelsea Rabideau, a spokeswoman for the firm. ISCO will share this new location with the national office of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

ISCO specializes in selling and manufacturing high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe, which can be used in place of PVC pipe. HDPE freezes at a lower temperature than PVC pipe, doesn’t leak, and is less prone to fail due to cracks.

From a single Highlands location, ISCO’s grown to 30 global facilities, with locations in the United States, Chile, Canada and Australia.

The firm has won multiple awards and recognitions, including being listed as one of the best places to work by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. In 2004, the firm hosted President George W. Bush, who praised ISCO’s steady growth and success.

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David Serchuk
David Serchuk is a staff writer at Insider Louisville. He is a former editor at Forbes.com, and an ex-reporter at Forbes magazine. He's written for NPR, CNBC.com, New York, Pittsburgh, Louisville and other publications named for places. He enjoys writing about business, music and other things as well.