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!
Dutchland, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has chosen Ben Kauffman as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer. Kauffman, who currently serves as Dutchland’s President, will succeed Katie Kauffman, the company’s co-founder and current CEO, who will retire on January 6, 2017. With the retirement of Katie, Dutchland ownership has transitioned from six family members to co-ownership between Ben and his brother, Lee Kauffman.
Congratulations to Alex Renew’s nutrient management facility (NMF) for receiving the Envision Platinum Award for sustainability. The NMF, an 18 MG treatment facility topped with a public athletic field, is only one of 11 facilities in North America to achieve this distinction.
“This award shows that wastewater utilities don’t have to be invisible to the communities they serve, but instead, can, and should, be active partners in creating livable and resilient cities,” said Karen Pallansch, Alex Renew CEO. “We’re fortunate to serve customers and work alongside community partners who value sustainability and support efforts like this that have such a positive impact on our local waterways.”
Dutchland construction crews set the wall panels for a 300,000 gallon potable water storage tank for The York Water Company on November 15, 2016. The tank has a 59’ diameter and 18’ wall panels and is replacing an aging cast-in-place tank. Since the tank is located in a residential neighborhood, Dutchland installed the overflow pipe along the interior wall and plans to mount a safety shroud over the exterior ladder when the tank is completed. Dutchland also added a form liner on the above grade portion of the tank that will be stained in December. Watch for completed photos of the precast tank next month!
Dutchland was recently named as one of the Top 250 Privately Held Companies in Central Pennsylvania for 2016. This list is compiled by the Central Penn Business Journal and recognizes the top performing companies in the midstate.
Created by the Central Penn Business Journal (CPBJ), the Top 250 List is an annual project that originated in 2000. In addition to collecting employment, sales, and revenue data, staff at CPBJ question company leaders. Some of the interesting questions on the survey and their respective answers by Dutchland, Inc. President, Ben Kauffman, are listed below:
Q: What is the one thing people in Central PA would be surprised to know about your company?
Dutchland has finished construction of two precast concrete SBR basins and one equalization basin as part of a treatment plant upgrade at the Spring Grove WWTP in York County, PA. The footprint of the structure measures130-ft long by 60-ft wide and includes a control building on top of the tank between the SBR basins. Dutchland successfully completed the project for Quandel Construction within the 10 week project schedule which included: base pour, installation, tensioning, grouting, sealing and leak testing of the structure. The new treatment is scheduled to be operational by early 2017.
The Factory Ministries is a community benefit organization that serves as a hub to connect needs and resources. They address poverty in the local community through Social Services, Youth Center, and Community Training. Dutchland is the Premier Sponsor for the Cultivating Communities Event, which is on October 6, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the Shady Maple Banquet and Conference Center. You can find more information about the Factory at http://thefactoryministries.com.
Dutchland received its third project in 2016 in New York. Veolia Water has awarded a contract to Dutchland for 264 precast nozzle slabs and 360 precast channel covers for the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant in Vestal, NY. The treatment plant is retrofitting their existing cast-in-place structure which was heavily damaged due to flooding and old age. The Owner is planning on building additional chambers as well as replacing their biological filter with the Kruger Biostyr process. Installation is scheduled for spring 2017.
Dutchland has won the Lancaster County Platinum Well Workplace Award for the third consecutive year. The award was created by The Lighten Up Lancaster County Coalition to recognize companies that have incorporated wellness into their corporate plans. Dutchland won Platinum Award status, which is the highest achievement. Competing companies were evaluated on twelve measures, including their efforts to address physical activity, nutrition, weight management, stress management, tobacco control and high blood pressure. In July, Lighten Up Lancaster came to Dutchland to write an article on the company garden. Check out the Lighten Up Lancaster facebook page and “Like” it!
School is back in session and children have begun practicing soccer on the multipurpose field on Limerick Street in Alexandria, VA. This field is quite different than most, however: beneath it sits an 18 million gallon tank, divided into four water holding tanks for the storage of high nutrient loaded primary effluent during peak loading at Alexandria Renew Enterprises.
The turf field was part of a $145 million project by Alexandria Renew Enterprises to build new headquarters and has been given to the city under a 15-year easement. Dutchland, Inc. constructed the precast post-tensioned tank and multi-purpose field that enables Alex Renew to process 13 billion gallons of wastewater each year. The project was built by Clark Construction / Ulliman Schutte under the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery method. Dutchland was a subcontractor to Clark/Ulliman Schutte for the tank structure.