The Industrial Development Agency (IDA) of Tioga County, NY enticed Crown Cork & Seal, a global aluminum packaging company, to select a site in the Town of Nichols to construct a new aluminum can manufacturing facility. To make the property attractive for development, the IDA agreed to upgrade Nichol’s public drinking water and wastewater treatment infrastructure to serve the new manufacturing facility. However, the upgrades could not be started until Crown Cork & Seal committed to developing the site, and they needed to be completed before the new manufacturing facility came online. The result was a timeframe of one year to complete the design and construction of all water and wastewater upgrades.
IDA authorized Larson Design Group (LDG) to start the project in January 2017. By November 2017, LDG had to complete design, permitting, bidding and construction, a process that typically would take two years to complete. The Nichols WWTF expansion involved a new sequencing batch reactor (SBR), repurposing existing treatment basins, upgrading an existing control building and adding a new building for filtration and sludge handling. The project became even more complex when the Department of Environmental Conservation determined that the design needed to meet strict nutrient limits as well as the industrial wastewater from Crown.
To meet the aggressive schedule, Dutchland precast concrete was chosen for the SBR tank. Dutchland designed, manufactured and constructed the SBR tank for the Nichols WWTF, measuring 50’-6” wide by 45’-6” long, in 16 weeks. In fact, Dutchland was only on-site for less than six weeks.
Vacri Construction, the general contractor, and LDG were successful in repurposing the WWTF into a robust treatment plant that consistently meets its discharge limits. Dutchland was proud to be part of the project team that was able to meet the tight deadlines necessary to provide the needed wastewater service to the Crown manufacturing facility on-time and within budget.
The new Greensboro Wastewater Treatment Plant was recently recognized by the Engineering News Record with a Water/Environment Award of Merit as one the Mid-Atlantic’s 2017 Best Projects! The new wastewater treatment plant in Greensboro, MD was designed by Rummel, Klepper, & Kahl LLP and includes vortex grit removal, a sequencing batch reactor, denitrification filters, cascade post aeration, UV disinfection and chemical storage and feed systems. Dutchland designed and constructed the circular precast post-tensioned sequencing batch reactor with an 80-ft inside diameter and 22-ft high wall panels for the new plant.
On Friday, September 22, the Dutchland Wellness Committee sponsored its third annual Health & Wellness Fair. The Fair was an educational and interactive event designed for outreach to provide basic preventative medical screening to Dutchland employees and their families, as well as information about living a healthy lifestyle. The event was well attended by employees and spouses / families.
Exciting news! One of Dutchland’s valued partners, Scott Sechler, owner of Bell & Evans, will appear on the September 20 episode of The Dr. Oz Show, “In Defense of American Chicken,” where he discusses American poultry practices in a panel alongside Perdue and Tyson.
The episode, which is episode 3 of Season 9, “Your Food Deconstructed: Connecting Customers and Manufacturers,” relates to European confidence (and the lack thereof) in consuming American chicken. Topics discussed on the episode include chilling methods like Bell & Evans’ 100% Air Chilled process versus chlorinated water cooling methods, as well as stress elimination for the chickens. Tune in to watch!
In July, Dutchland received two prestigious safety awards from Churchill Casualty LTD: Highest Scoring Member – Manufacturing Industry (Under 500K Hrs) and an Award of Honor, based on being the highest scoring member of Churchill for all aspects of safety. As Dutchland’s President & CEO, I am very honored for this recognition of the company. The safety and health of Dutchland employees has always been a priority and I, along with my brother and partner Lee Kauffman and the company Leadership Team, have worked diligently to create a culture of safety within the company. Maintaining a culture of safety across the business has done much more than improve safety: it has positively improved morale, staff retention, and enhanced the Dutchland environment. It has created new conversations and awareness about how to work in a safe manner. Dutchland employees are the company’s greatest asset and my expectation is to have each and every one of them return home safely after their workday. Thank you to the Churchill Casualty Ltd. group and a special thank you to all of Team Dutchland that has created the environment to win this recognition.
Dutchland was proud to serve as a supporting sponsor for the Environmental Center Educational Lobby that was dedicated by Alexandria Renew Enterprises yesterday. The lobby serves as a resource for the entire Alexandria community to enhance understanding and water stewardship.
The educational lobby features museum-quality interactive exhibits that illustrate how much water people use in their homes, how dirty water is transformed, and how to recover resources from the water that is cleaned. You can also witness reclaimed water in action in a 7,000 gallon fish tank and biowall.
Dutchland’s CEO and President was featured in the Business Section of the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal. Highlights from the interview are listed below as well as a link to access the entire article.
What are some new ways you’re looking to grow the company?
Intellectual property. We’ve been doing what we do now for 30-some years, so we can take what we know about how to build a tank intelligently, that’s durable, with a long service length, and we can train other companies how to do that.
I would love to see us continue to take our intellectual property and continue to develop patents and to also be a technology provider.
That concept takes away the big limiting factor of hauling all of the precast to a long-distance job site.
What’s working well for Dutchland is to identify the right customers, the right projects. Knowing when to say no, which we never did before. The goal is not to “sell, sell, sell” more; the goal is to do “better, better, better” with what we have.
Dutchland recently completed construction of the Jenners Crossroads water storage tank in Somerset, PA. The 1 MG potable water storage tank has 35-ft walls and an inside diameter of 73-ft. The tank is centrally located along the Somerset County Water System – Quemahoning water line that extends from the Quemahoning Reservoir to the Borough of Somerset and will be used for future development as well as system redundancy.
In 2002, Dutchland designed and constructed a precast post-tensioned tank as part of the overall facility upgrade at the Dutoy Creek WWTP in Powhatan County, VA. Since the initial flows coming into the plant were anticipated to be around 10,000 gpd but eventually grow to the full design flow of 250,000 gpd, designing a structure to meet these changing flows
As Storm Niko blankets the Northeast with snow, and halts activity for most construction companies, precast production at Dutchland remains uninterrupted. Unlike cast-in-place concrete or wire-wrapped tanks, Dutchland manufactures its precast concrete in a controlled plant environment. Not only is Dutchland’s concrete production unaffected by weather conditions, but the PCI-certified facility enables us to achieve consistence in temperature, moisture, lower water-to-cement ratios, as well as rebar and form control, that is not possible with cast-in-place concrete. Additionally, all precast pieces are poured horizontally which results in significantly less air entrapment. So, while most construction companies are waiting for the storm to pass, Dutchland production continues without delays. Through the snow, below-freezing temperatures, and 40 mph winds, its business as usual at Dutchland!