Riding a growing demand for septic and on-site waste-water systems, Wallingford, Conn.-based Polylok Inc. is giving itself a little elbowroom with the construction of its new headquarters in Wallingford.
Polylok is investing about $5 million to build the 125,000-square-foot facility. It will house corporate offices with warehousing and some manufacturing floor space for Polylok and one of its manufacturing partners, Wallingford-based custom injection molder All Molded Plastics Co.
Polylok makes products for the precast concrete, on-site waste-water and drainage industries. Its injection molded products range from filters and risers to pumps and distribution boxes.
All Molded injection molds Polylok's large parts. Cheshire, Conn.-based Polymold Inc. makes the small parts. All Molded occupies much of the manufacturing space - 31,000 square feet - in Polylok's current plant, said George Scott, who co-owns All Molded with his brother John. The injection molder will join Polylok at the new facility as well.
All Molded, which employs 26, is running nine injection presses with clamping forces of 400-880 tons. All Molded last year bought an 880-ton Cincinnati Milacron press specifically for its Polylok work. All Molded also makes its own products and provides custom work for other customers.
The processors use resins that include high and low density polyethylene and polypropylene to make Polylok products, President Peter Gavin said in a Jan. 24 telephone interview.
Polylok's sales have grown 20-25 percent annually for the past five years.
Gavin credits growing acceptance of septic tanks in hard-to-develop places such as Florida, where land development and home building continues at a blistering pace.
``It's becoming more and more difficult to live close to sanitary sewer systems,'' Gavin said. ``A lot of properties are in difficult-to-get-at areas.''
``Sometimes installing a septic system is the only way to make it suitable for living.''
On-site systems provide more than 40 percent of the waste-water treatment services in the United States, according to the Web site of the Edgewater, Md.-based National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association.
Gavin said the company is likely to relocate to the new headquarters in about one year. He also left open the possibility of opening other manufacturing facilities closer to some of Polylok's distribution warehouses scattered throughout the United States and Canada.