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!
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.