HOUSTON - Infiltrator Systems Inc., which injection molds large, high density polyethylene chambers for septic system drainage, has opened a plant in Utah as the company expands into new markets. Infiltrator's headquarters is in Old Saybrook, Conn. The company also runs a facility in Winchester, Ky. The 51,000-square-foot Ogden, Utah, plant opened in November.
Infiltrator molds the drainage chambers in units that connect together. Evelyn Laurenzi, marketing director, said the company, founded in 1987, has sold more than 4 million of the units. The units have gone into 200,000 drainage systems, she said in an interview at Infiltrator's Builders' Show booth.
The septic system leachfield market is the main customer of an existing Infiltrator product, the Infiltrator Chamber System and a new product, the Equalizer 24 Chamber.
At the show, the firm introduced its first product for storm water drainage, called the Maximizer Chamber System. It replaces ponds, large-diameter pipe and strong vaults and dry wells, according to Infiltrator.
Chamber units lock together into rows laid out under, for example, a parking lot. A domed bridge between each row of the chambers integrates them into a continuous storage reservoir. With 12 inches of compacted cover material, Infiltrator claims Maximizer can withstand vehicle loads of 48,000 pounds per axle.
Laurenzi would not disclose how many molding machines are housed in the Utah factory.
Privately held Infiltrator had sales of about $33 million in 1995. Laurenzi said officials expect 1996 sales of about $40 million to $45 million.