Infiltrator Systems Inc. has begun construction in Ogden, Utah, of a second plant to make its structural foam molded septic structures. The Old Saybrook, Conn., firm plans to start its first molding line in Ogden in September, said Craig Joosten, plant manager for the new operation.
Joosten said his company introduced the Infiltrator in 1986, and it has grown in popularity as an underground sewage disposal system and for storm water control in parks, parking garages and other areas.
Infiltrator has the shape of a drum cut in half with numerous serrations along the outside to leach out sewage or water into the surrounding ground. A standard size is 34 inches in diameter and 7 feet long. Joosten said his firm uses high density polyethylene to foam mold the main structure's components and to blow mold end caps.
He estimated cost of the Ogden project at $5.5 million, including a production line housed in a 29,019-square-foot plant and office and a 23,660-square-foot materials blending and storage facility.
He spoke in a telephone interview from Infiltrator's existing plant in Winchester, Ky., which is doubling its manufacturing space. Additional molding capacity also is planned at the facility.
He said the Infiltrator is more efficient than traditional septic systems with gravel beds. The product's numerous serrations disperse leachate into soil and help cut down the size of the gravel bed, he said.
Joosten would not comment on a published report that his firm's annual sales are about $10 million.