CULTEC Celebrates 25th Year Anniversary of its Stormwater Chambers

Two Generations Build Family Business Into Stormwater Management Industry Leader

BROOKFIELD, CT/February 16, 2011 - CULTEC is pleased to announce that it has marked 25 years since the introduction of its first plastic stormwater chamber. CULTEC specializes in manufacturing reliable and cost-effective stormwater and septic chambers and providing innovative solutions to help integrate its products into engineers' design plans.

A second-generation, family-owned company, CULTEC can trace the development of its first plastic septic chamber to 1986. At that time, CULTEC was involved in excavation, building and the precast concrete business, supplying, among other products, concrete leaching galleries. CULTEC founder Robert DiTullio, Sr. conceived the idea of a structurally sound plastic chamber after observing how heavy and labor-intensive these galleries were.

After the septic chamber was introduced to the market, CULTEC quickly realized its potential for the stormwater industry. As the first manufacturer to apply this technology to managing stormwater runoff, CULTEC has played a key role in introducing subsurface chamber systems to a market that had predominantly relied on metal and concrete structures. The company tested its products to ensure that they met traffic load requirements as well as educated engineers and contractors about the benefits of retention/detention infiltration and storage chamber systems.

"CULTEC has now become a major provider of plastic chambers for underground stormwater management, while this technology simply did not exist 25 years ago," said DiTullio, Sr. "When the Federal Clean Water Act was passed, stormwater management became a major environmental issue. Plastic chambers can satisfy most federal and local stormwater regulations as well as solve a gamut of onsite challenges."

In addition to supplying products for 25 years, CULTEC has helped industry professionals solve various design and installation challenges.

"We have always focused on the needs of engineers and contractors," said Fred Dotson, Vice President of CULTEC. "We offer a variety of chamber sizes to accommodate any site restrictions and have developed our own conveyance headers that simplify installation and reduce costs. Additionally, we offer accompanying products such as water quality devices to be able to provide a complete stormwater management package."
The company also initiated collaboration with modeling software providers to include CULTEC chambers in their software, assisting engineers in the task of design and specification.

"As a family business, we are able to pay close attention to every project and learn about our customers' needs," said Gina Carolan, C.O.O. and Director of Marketing, who has worked for her father's company for 25 years. "We spearheaded integration of plastic chambers into existing modeling software and developed our own stormwater design calculator and unique to the industry AutoCAD® plug-in StormGenie(TM)."

The company continues to invest resources in ongoing research and product development and offer solutions for stormwater challenges. CULTEC's knowledgeable team offers free design assistance, including preliminary calculations and job-specific CAD details, and its representatives often go out to project sites to oversee system installations.

"Over the years, CULTEC has continued to maintain its innovative spirit while building on the accomplishments that have made the company an industry leader," said Robert DiTullio, Jr., President of CULTEC. "Our goal is to provide products that have value, build customer relationships, and anticipate and address industry needs by adding innovative and reliable products and solutions."

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In 1986, CULTEC introduced its Contactor® and Recharger® HDPE septic and stormwater chambers and helped begin a revolution toward the use of plastic construction products. Since then, several product developments and strategic alliances have made CULTEC a cutting-edge R&D-based manufacturer. CULTEC chambers can be used as subsurface retention or detention systems and as replacements for ponds, concrete structures or pipe and stone installations.

CULTEC manufactures nine different chamber sizes ranging from 8.5" - 32" to accommodate almost any site parameter. The chambers' perforated sidewalls and fully open bottoms promote maximum infiltration capability and allow for the transfer of high volumes of water at a low velocity. The units can be installed singularly or in series in single- or multi-layer beds.

In addition, CULTEC developed its own in-line side portal manifold system, which eliminates the need for a conventional pipe header system, and water quality unit for maintaining CULTEC chamber systems. CULTEC products meet H-25 wheel load requirements, have a 10-year warranty and are currently modeled in HydroCAD, Bentley Systems, Inc.'s PondPack®, Autodesk's Autodesk® Storm and Sanitary Analysis, and Streamline Technologies' ICPR.

CULTEC's technical staff offers free design assistance including preliminary calculations and job-specific CAD details. A free CULTEC StormGenie(TM) -- AutoCAD® Plug-In for designing CULTEC systems and a free HydroCAD CULTEC custom edition is also available from the company. In addition, CULTEC products can contribute to the U.S. Green Building Council's credits, under the LEED rating system, when the project is designed per LEED requirements.

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