Dutchland, Incorporated traces its company roots back to 1969, the year that Daniel and Katie Kauffman started pouring concrete septic tanks. At that time, the business was called Daniel E. Kauffman Excavating and consisted of Dan and Katie Kauffman as well as the children and a few employees. The primary business was installing residential drain fields, and septic tanks.
In the late 1970’s, Dan Kauffman had the vision to begin producing wastewater treatment systems. In 1981, the family business built its first small wastewater treatment plant, designed to treat approximately 10,000 gallons per day. Shortly thereafter, Dan signed a contract with Norweco, Inc. to have an exclusive territory and to build the Norweco package wastewater treatment plants. Business was booming in the early 1980’s and Daniel E. Kauffman Excavating constructed a number of small package wastewater treatment plants.
In 1985, Dan and Katie changed the name of the business from Daniel E. Kauffman Excavating to Dutchland, Incorporated. Dutchland was named for the German and Swiss communities that inhabit Lancaster County Pennsylvania. Dan commented at that time that the name was appropriate for the community and the culture in which the corporation was formed, as well as the family roots. By then, the business had grown to approximately 15 employees in addition to the family members.
In the mid 1980’s, Dutchland, Inc. began experimenting with manufacturing precast concrete wall systems to be able to construct larger wastewater treatment plants. This Research and Development was the beginning of the precast, post-tensioned concrete products for which Dutchland Inc. is now well known. Dutchland continued to research and develop new methods of advanced wastewater treatment. Dan Kauffman worked closely with the PA DEP (then known as DER) and experts at Penn State University to refine concepts for biological nutrient removal (BNR).
The first precast post-tensioned concrete products were circular tanks designed for potable water storage. Subsequently, rectangular tank configurations were designed for multi-compartment wastewater treatment plant systems. Dutchland also began producing pumping stations, box culverts, and other products closely associated with the water and wastewater industry. By the late 1980’s, the second generation of Kauffman Family members became fully involved in the business. This included Ben and Lee Kauffman and Mary Ann Kauffman-Stoltzfus. Through the 1990’s Dutchland, Inc. became known for packaged wastewater treatment plant production, as well as the production of larger post-tensioned concrete systems. In the mid 1990’s, Dutchland, Inc. also became NPCA certified and eventually became one of the highest NPCA ranked precast concrete manufacturing facilities in the Nation.
Today, Dutchland, Inc. has approximately 150 employees and designs and builds advanced wastewater treatment systems (including BNR reduction for the Chesapeake Bay Initiative), water storage tanks, as well as other standard and highly specialized precast concrete structures such as fire protection tanks. Dutchland’s products are specified and designed by many engineering firms, primarily in the Northeast United States. As part of the local community and beyond, Dutchland takes seriously the need and challenge of providing clean water for future generations. Dutchland, Inc. attributes its success to the fine employees who have made the company what it is today.