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  • New USTA National Campus Release

    Modular Trench Drainage Solution at New USTA National Campus will provide efficient
    Water Removal for Tennis Courts

     

    October 17, 2016 – Leading commercial sport drainage manufacturer, ACO Polymer Products, Inc., provided their KlassikDrain four-inch wide modular trench drainage system for the new state-of-the-art tennis courts at the new USTA National Campus in Orlando, FL, set to open early 2017.

     

    During the design phase, the team wanted to make sure the tennis courts could drain quickly and efficiently, ensuring play could resume shortly after a rain event. Due to this requirement and the depth of the trench drain channel with the concrete curbing depths, the design team selected the ACO KlassikDrain K100 system, a four-inch internal width trench drain, along with a black longitudinal, ADA-compliant grate, to ensure the safety of players and spectators, while keeping the courts dry. Twice the amount of catch basins than typically used in tennis court design was used in the project to account for the shallow trench drain channels.

     

    Installation contractor, JR Davis, used a hanging installation method that allowed for placement of 3 one-meter channels at a time, which reduced installation and labor cost and optimized the construction schedule.

     

    The USTA National Campus is the new Home of American Tennis, where tennis enthusiasts can come to watch, learn and play at one of the largest tennis facilities in the world. Set to open in early 2017,  the USTA National Campus is a one-of-a-kind facility that will serve as host to local play for residents of the Orlando community as well as for national, individual and collegiate events, and it will be the home base for USTA Player Development and the USTA’s Community Tennis division.

     

    ACO introduced the concept of modular trench drains to North America over 30 years ago. Today, ACO in North America is a multi-site manufacturing and sales operation using a variety of materials for its extensive range of drainage products for all aspects of building and construction.

     

    For more information on ACO’s drainage products, please visit www.acodrain.us.

     

     

     

     

  • ACO Donates Custom Wildlife Enclosure and Burrow for Copperwood Schoolyard

    ACO Donates Custom Wildlife Enclosure and Burrow for Copperwood Schoolyard Habitat for Environmental Education Project

     

    October 10, 2016 – Leading manufacturer of amphibian tunnel and drift fencing systems, ACO Polymer Products, Inc., recently donated custom polymer concrete wildlife fencing and a custom fiberglass tortoise burrow to the Copperwood Schoolyard Habitat for Environmental Education Project.

     

    In 2013, Copperwood PTSA/Peoria Unified School District in Glendale, Arizona received a $10,000 Heritage Fund grant from Arizona Game and Fish Department to develop an outdoor environmental education classroom and desert tortoise habitat at Copperwood Elementary School. This project increases awareness of the environment, wildlife and promotes outdoor experiences for students to learn about nature via hands-on exploration. Phase two project development began in fall 2013 with the assistance of various community partners and volunteers, and currently is in the final stages of development. Customized innovative curriculum was developed by Arizona State University professors and rolled out to the teachers and students during the 2014-2015 school year. A grand opening for the site will take place in early December 2016. This project will serve as a model to other schools seeking to integrate outdoor education.

     

    The site includes an existing schoolyard habitat with several native plants and a small pond. The new adjacent site includes several outdoor classroom/teaching amenities and a new tortoise habitat. The tortoise habitat is surrounded by a 20’ x 25’ enclosure/wall and will be visited by hundreds of students throughout the school year, as well as various community groups.

    ACO’s wildlife wall system is perfect for the tortoise enclosure as it provides a barrier under the ground as well as above. The sturdy polymer concrete material and rounded top edges of the wall are safe for students to sit or lean on.

     

    "We truly appreciate ACO for donating the polymer concrete custom walls for Copperwood Elementary School's tortoise habitat enclosure, as well as the custom-designed igloo-shaped tortoise burrow for this important schoolyard habitat for environmental education project,” says Janet Sharkey, Habitat Committee Chair for Copperwood Elementary School. “ACO's generous, in-kind donation offers students the opportunity to safely and closely observe our tortoise when visiting the outdoor classroom and performing inquiries in the garden with Copperwood teachers."

     

     

    Goodman’s Landscape & Maintenance also contributed to the project with over $15,000 in services and materials provided for phase one and two of the project.

     

    ACO introduced the concept of modular trench drains to North America over 30 years ago. Today, ACO in North America is a multi-site manufacturing and sales operation using a variety of materials for its extensive range of drainage products for all aspects of building and construction. ACO utilized its knowledge of surface drainage to develop a proven amphibian tunnel and drift fencing system. The first tunnel systems were installed in Europe and North America in 1987. Since this date, numerous sites have utilized the ACO tunnel and fencing system. Wildlife guidance systems allow animals to be led safely to their habitats: amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals can safely cross under roads with a tunnel system and are prevented from reaching the road surface by surrounding fencing - a measure to protect both animals and humans.

     

    For more information on ACO’s wildlife products, please visit www.acowildlife.us.

     

     

     

     

     

  • ACO Wildlife Copperwood Schoolyard Habitat for Environmental Education

    ACO Donates Custom Wildlife Enclosure and Burrow for Copperwood Schoolyard Habitat for Environmental Education Project

     

    October 6, 2016 – Leading manufacturer of amphibian tunnel and drift fencing systems, ACO Polymer Products, Inc., recently donated custom polymer concrete wildlife fencing and a custom fiberglass tortoise burrow to the Copperwood Schoolyard Habitat for Environmental Education Project.

     

    In 2013, Copperwood PTSA/Peoria Unified School District in Glendale, Arizona received a $10,000 Heritage Fund grant from Arizona Game and Fish Department to develop an outdoor environmental education classroom and desert tortoise habitat at Copperwood Elementary School. This project increases awareness of the environment, wildlife and promotes outdoor experiences for students to learn about nature via hands-on exploration. Phase two project development began in fall 2013 with the assistance of various community partners and volunteers, and currently is in the final stages of development. Customized innovative curriculum was developed by Arizona State University professors and rolled out to the teachers and students during the 2014-2015 school year. A grand opening for the site will take place in early December 2016. This project will serve as a model to other schools seeking to integrate outdoor education.

     

    The site includes an existing schoolyard habitat with several native plants and a small pond. The new adjacent site includes several outdoor classroom/teaching amenities and a new tortoise habitat. The tortoise habitat is surrounded by a 20’ x 25’ enclosure/wall and will be visited by hundreds of students throughout the school year, as well as various community groups.

     

    ACO’s wildlife wall system is perfect for the tortoise enclosure as it provides a barrier under the ground as well as above. The sturdy polymer concrete material and rounded top edges of the wall are safe for students to sit or lean on.

     

    "We truly appreciate ACO for donating the polymer concrete custom walls for Copperwood Elementary School's tortoise habitat enclosure, as well as the custom-designed igloo-shaped tortoise burrow for this important schoolyard habitat for environmental education project,” says Janet Sharkey, Habitat Committee Chair for Copperwood Elementary School. “ACO's generous, in-kind donation offers students the opportunity to safely and closely observe our tortoise when visiting the outdoor classroom and performing inquiries in the garden with Copperwood teachers."

     

    Goodman’s Landscape & Maintenance also contributed to the project with over $15,000 in services and materials provided for phase one and two of the project.

     

    ACO introduced the concept of modular trench drains to North America over 30 years ago. Today, ACO in North America is a multi-site manufacturing and sales operation using a variety of materials for its extensive range of drainage products for all aspects of building and construction. ACO utilized its knowledge of surface drainage to develop a proven amphibian tunnel and drift fencing system. The first tunnel systems were installed in Europe and North America in 1987. Since this date, numerous sites have utilized the ACO tunnel and fencing system. Wildlife guidance systems allow animals to be led safely to their habitats: amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals can safely cross under roads with a tunnel system and are prevented from reaching the road surface by surrounding fencing - a measure to protect both animals and humans.

     

     

  • ACO Becomes First and Only Drainage company to obtain NSF Certification for Hygienic Drainage Products

     

    August 22, 2016 – Leading commercial drainage company, ACO, has become the first and only drainage company to obtain NSF/ANSI 3A 14159-1-2014 certification for its products from NSF International – a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization which is a world leader in standards development, product certification, education and risk-management for public health and safety.

     

    The NSF/ANSI 3A 14159-1-2014 standard refers to the hygienic requirements  in food processing. This certification shows that the hygienic performance of ACO’s drainage systems and products comply with the strict standards and procedures of the NSF. It also underlines ACO’s ongoing commitment to the very high standards of manufacturing and to research-led product development, which ensures its products deliver optimum hygienic performance. All of ACO’s hygienic floor drains, hygienic floor troughs and hygienic cast and ladder grates for the hygienic floor drains will now display the NSF certification mark.

     

    Commenting on the certification, Vaclav Tikalsky, President of ACO Polymer Products, Inc. in the USA, said, “We are delighted to receive NSF certification for our products. ACO is committed to raising standards across every part of the hygienic drainage process to help food and drink manufacturers, foodservice outlets, healthcare facilities and operators of other hygiene-sensitive environments put hygiene first. We are committed to the very highest operational standards at all of our manufacturing facilities worldwide. NSF certification reflects this commitment to high standards throughout every part of our operations and also our commitment to championing improvements throughout our industry.”

     

    As a leading advocate of hygienic design, ACO also has EN 1253 and EN 1672 certification for its Hygienic Floor Drain and Hygienic Trench Drain product ranges as well and all products are CE marked. ACO’s stainless steel drainage products apply hygienic design principles that are normally reserved for food contact surfaces – as listed in EN 1672 and EN ISO 14159. With a strong collaborative relationship with the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG), ACO also follows the best practice design principles of EHEDG documents numbers 8, 13 and 44 and was the first drainage manufacturer to become a member of EHEDG.

     

    For more information about ACO, the HygieneFirst philosophy and ACO’s hygienic drainage systems, visit http://www.acobuildingdrainage.com/.

     

    Established in 1946, the ACO group has manufactured products for almost 70 years in the construction industry. It operates on a global basis through its subsidiaries and manufacturing facilities in over 45 countries in North America, Europe and Asia. ACO employs over 4,000 people worldwide. ACO stands for professional drainage, efficient cleaning and the controlled discharge or reuse of water and is committed to raising industry standards with regard to hygienic drainage.

     

     ACO Polymer Products, Inc. in the USA introduced the concept of modular trench drains to North America over 30 years ago. Today, ACO in North America is a multi-site manufacturing and sales operation using a variety of materials for its extensive range of drainage products for all aspects of building and construction. ACO USA has locations in Arizona, South Carolina and Ohio.

     

  • Webinar Drainage Matters

    Webinar Recording Now Available on Preventing Food Contamination through Hygienic Drainage

     

    June 15, 2016 – A webinar recording is now available that addresses maintaining food safety through hygienic drainage solutions. The recording of the webinar would be beneficial for plumbing, quality, process and food safety engineers and managers, and discusses the importance of drainage when it comes to food safety and protection of customers and the brand.

     

    “Drainage Matters – Protect Your Customers and Your Brand by Preventing Food Contamination”, was a complimentary webinar held May 25, featuring Mark Haydon, Strategic Manager of Building Drainage at ACO Polymer Products Inc., USA and Brett Ira, Head of International Key Account Management, Commercial Kitchens at ACO Industries in Prague, Czech Republic, as the presenters.

     

    Drainage systems are easily underestimated as it is often out of sight and out of mind. It is critical to understand the role drainage plays in commercial food preparation, clean rooms and other sanitary areas where hygiene is vital and essential in protecting the processing environment which directly impacts the company’s brand and reputation. Poor, ineffective or non-hygienic drainage systems can lead to costly ongoing maintenance or worse, contamination and drastic measures and costs to rectify and eliminate areas of risk.

     

    Future success of the food industry requires the continued development and limitation of risk from poor hygiene. Drainage plays a critical role in this development, yet, in many instances is one the elements most neglected, therefore posing a serious risk to future success and the mitigation of risk. Guidance is available through global organizations such as EHEDG, NSF and 3A, and this is leading to the development of better solutions for operators both in terms of drainage design and operational cleaning and maintenance activities. This webinar looked at some of these key areas and the new guidance that provides a backdrop of the new opportunities available to operators.

     

    For more information or to access the recording of the webinar, visit: Drainage Matters – Protect Your Customers and Your Brand by Preventing Food Contamination.

     

    Established in 1946, the ACO Group has manufactured products for almost 70 years in the construction industry. ACO is the established leader in providing drainage systems for the food service industry. Each drainage system is designed to provide maximum reliability, longevity and durability while preventing hygienic issues that can put your facility at risk. More than 60 years of drainage experience make ACO the world-class supplier of drainage systems. It operates on a global basis through its subsidiaries and manufacturing facilities in over 45 countries in North America, Europe and Asia. ACO employs over 4,000 people worldwide. ACO Polymer Products, Inc. introduced the concept of modular trench drains to North America over 30 years ago and now has locations in Casa Grande, Arizona and Fort Mill, South Carolina.

     

    For more information on ACO Polymer Products, Inc., please visit www.acousa.com.

     

     

     

     

     

  • ACO Celebrates Grand Opening of New Facility in Mentor, OH

    ACO Polymer Products, Inc. is pleased to announce it has recently moved its Ohio operations facility from Chardon to Mentor. A grand opening celebration was held Wednesday, September 2 at the new facility in Mentor. Mrs. Johanna Ahlmann and Mr. Hans-Julius Ahlmann, President of ACO Severin Ahlmann GmbH & Co. KG, along with Iver Ahlmann, President of ACO Germany, commemorated the opening with a ribbon cutting. The celebration had over 100 guests in attendance, including ACO employees, contractors, vendors, City of Mentor officials, members of the local Chamber of Commerce and guests from the state legislature.

     

    “The main reason for the move was to help grow the ACO business in the United States,” said Vaclav Tikalsky, President of ACO USA, as he welcomed the guests at the event last week. “This move has given our northeast employees a new workplace with the conveniences and technology similar to other ACO locations.

    The ACO team has worked hard to make this place look nice and functional. It has allowed us to install the latest production technology which will increase our capacity by 35% and help ACO to strengthen its market leader position as well as provide customers with better service and quality.”

     

    ACO Polymer Products, Inc. was founded in 1978 and the facility in Chardon, Ohio was ACO’s first manufacturing factory in the USA. Due to ACO’s growth and demand in recent years, the Chardon site was no longer able to accommodate the increasing demand necessary to support ACO’s business in the northeast. ACO found an ideal location in Mentor, Ohio, 16 miles north of the Chardon site that met the needs of expanding the operations.

     

    “This move was a success because of the efforts of both plants here in the United States as well as people from Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany. This day would not have happened if it weren’t for all the employees here in Mentor,” said Brian Parent, Director of Operations for ACO USA.

  • ACO Drainage for Airports Release

    ACO DRAINAGE SYSTEMS DELIVER HIGHEST QUALITY FOR MAXIMUM SAFETY FOR AIRPORTS

     

    CASA GRANDE, March 9, 2015 – ACO Polymer Product’s innovative drainage systems have provided superior solutions to airports around the world that deal with flooding or excessive ponding on runways, in hangars or even in terminals and parking lots.

     

    As airports and terminals experience growth and age, it is often necessary to renovate airports to offer increased levels of service or capacity. ACO offers a variety of product systems for heavy-duty applications that focus on safety, strength and the high hydraulic capacities of airports.

     

    When runways become wet, whether from rainwater or snow melt, they create a hazardous situation for aircraft and support vehicles. It is important that airports consider effective drainage solutions when designing or renovating airport areas.

     

    RESULTS IN ACTION

     

    Prior to the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics, the Salt Lake City Airport in Salt Lake City, UT was given a complete upgrade to cope with the additional traffic. Part of the upgrade included additional taxiways and apron facilities. The long straight runs were ideal for 3,500 feet of ACO Drain FG200 fiberglass trench drain system fitted with heavy duty locked, ductile iron slotted grates. The FG200’s excellent hydraulics provided the ideal drainage solution for the wide flat concrete areas and the lightweight, easy to handle, 6 feet lengths enabled the contractor to install quickly and easily, thus saving money over alternative methods. The fiberglass channel gives excellent resistance to any de-icing salts used at the airport.

    For more information on ACO trench drain systems for a variety of airport applications, visit www.acoinfrastructure.us or call (866) 453-1257.

     

    ACO Infrastructure drainage systems consist of factory manufactured modular channel units made from corrosion resistant polymer concrete, fiberglass or MDPE, together with grates from a variety of materials for all loading applications. In conjunction with a comprehensive, quality product range, ACO supports its business with extensive stocking in three strategic locations, technical sales support, and world class customer service.

     

    To obtain additional or high resolution images for this article shown on the following page, contact Jaclyn Revis

    at jrevis@aco-online.com.

     

     

     

  • ACO Drain Collier Memorial Release

    ACO DRAIN PROVIDES EFFECTIVE DRAINAGE SOLUTION FOR BOSTON MARATHON OFFICER COLLIER MEMORIAL AT MIT

     

    CASA GRANDE, May 6, 2015 – The memorial sculpture for Officer Sean Collier, was unveiled Wednesday, April 29 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, to honor the MIT police officer killed in the line of duty by the Boston Marathon bombers in 2013. ACO Polymer Products, a world leader in trench drains, provided 130 feet of the KS100 drainage system to the project, complete with a stainless steel Brickslot grate and access units.

     

    Due to the extreme winter weather and amount of surface water at the site, contractor James W. Flett Company needed a durable, yet discreet, drainage solution for the memorial. ACO’s KS100 system was selected for its durable polymer concrete channel body and four-inch internal width drain as well as the stainless steel Brickslot grate that blends in with the paving joints of the brick pavers at the site.

     

    Surface drainage is a critical factor to consider when planning parks, city spaces and plazas. Standing water can cause severe structural damage, including cracked foundations, settling, degradation of adjoining building materials and freeze-thaw issues, not to mention the safety hazard of water collection on pedestrian areas.

     

    Construction of the memorial, which was designed by J. Meejin Yoon, the head of MIT’s architecture department, was an engineering feat, given the 32 massive pieces of polished New Hampshire granite that weighed a total of 190 tons and the unique arched shape. The memorial is now open as a place of remembrance and as a gathering point for the MIT community.

     

    For more information on ACO drain systems for a variety of applications, visit www.acodrain.us or call (866) 453-1257.

     

    ACO Drain systems consist of manufactured modular trench channel units made from either corrosion resistant polymer concrete or fiberglass, together with grates from a variety of materials for all loading applications.

     

     ACO Drain systems are available in 2", 4”, 8” and 12” internal widths, and are available with up to 130 feet (40m) of built-in continuous slope. Our drainage systems offer light to heavy duty solutions for traffic ranging from pedestrians to jumbo jets.

     ACO supports its business with extensive stocking, technical sales support, and world class customer service.

     

    To obtain additional or high resolution images for this article shown on the following page, contact Jaclyn Revis at jrevis@aco-online.com.

  • Innovations in Stainless Steel - Business in Focus Magazine - December 2016

    ACO's initial success came from its unique and innovative trench drainage solution that saves both time and money. The company's modular trench drains are factory manufactured and then shipped to site and installed. Manufacturing the product in a controlled environment ensures quality and lowers the production cost. In fact, pre-cast modular trench drains typically cost about 10 percent less to install than catch basin systems and 20 percent less than cast –in-place trench drain systems. Long term cost of ownership is also reduced by simpler maintenance and operational costs.

     

    The various standard lengths of each interconnecting channel makes transportation easy, while the male/female interconnected ends allow for versatile configuration and continuous sloped run. With up to 40 interconnecting channel sizes available in one system, modular sloped trenches can be as long as 125 feet. In addition, neutral channels with no slop can be inserted within that run to create an even longer system.

     

    ACO has a dedicated research and development department that continues to develop innovative market leading drainage solutions. The company’s latest innovation is in the stainless steel drainage sector. ACO Strategic Manager, Mark Haydon sat down with Business in Focus to share the lasts advancements in this area to follow up on last year’s feature.

     

    The company’s stainless steel drainage solutions deliver an affordable and hygienic drainage option for the pharmaceutical and food industries or any industrial facility subject to chemicals or aggressive cleaning regimes. The product is ideal for sensitive areas that require a more hygienic solution such as restaurants, wineries, food processing facilities, beverage plants, commercial kitchens and hospitals.

     

    “At ACO, hygiene always comes first,” Mr. Haydon explains. “Our HygieneFirst philosophy represents our commitment to delivering products that provide the ultimate in hygienic performance.” This commitment-and R&D capability-has allowed ACO to bring the first product of its kind to market. “We are the first company to incorporate and independently certify hygienic design principles into commercial drainage,” he says.

     

    “When we are talking about ‘hygienic’, we literally mean ‘easy to clean’,” Mr. Haydon elaborates. “Drains that are designed to strict hygienic standards allow the cleaning process to be more efficient, which reduces the risk of contamination while still controlling costs”. ACO’s easy to clean drains experience less soil buildup than traditional drains – and whatever soil does accumulate is easier to remove, right down to the microbiological level. Furthermore, ACO’s grates and removable parts have rounded corners so the product is safer to handle the cleaning process than other options available in today’s market.

     

    These attributes make the product stand out from the competition. “What we see in the market is a lot of floor drains and drainage solutions that are non-hygienic and have crevices and surfaces that actually trap and hold soil and are very hard to clean. You are generating problems for yourself in these environments because you can’t clean it, and if you can’t clean it, that means that the pathogens and the microbes are going to remain and there is obviously a risk associated with that.” Research shows that 70 percent of positive screenings for listeria in the food processing environment are found in drains.

     

    A sanitary processing environment is imperative in the food industry and maintaining a hygienic, easy to clean drainage system that helps achieve this. “Drainage can often be out of sight and out of mind – but unfortunately poor drainage solutions are so often a source of continuous operational and maintenance problems,” Mr. Haydon points out. “In the food processing environment, poor hygienic drainage is a potential source of contamination. We’ve all seen the headlines about outbreaks of listeria, salmonella and other pathogens in our food. In order to protect the quality and integrity of our food, steps must be taken to reduce the risk of contamination. An important component of this is keeping the processing environment sanitary.” Research shows that drains can contribute up to 30 percent of the total bacteria contamination risk within the food processing area.

     

    The challenge of maintaining food safety has increased as consumer preference trends move toward cost savings, wellness, and convenience. “Food consumption preferences are changing. Today’s consumers require products that are fresh, easy to prepare with little or no heat treatment and fewer preservatives. The food industry needs to accommodate these preferences but also reduce the risk of food contamination.”

     

    When the food industry fails to maintain food safety standards and contamination occurs, the results can be disastrous for public health and for the affected business. “Brand names can be damaged in minutes through our hyper-connected society,” Mr. Haydon points out.

     

    The government continues to increase regulation to boost food safety. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventative Controls for Human Food aims to make food producers proactively prevent food contamination rather than react to problems or foodborne illness outbreaks when they occur. ACO’s stainless steel drains can help the food industry achieve these preventive measures.

     

    The company’s stainless steel drains have earned NSF/3A certification, demonstrating their effectiveness at preventing contamination. Specifically, the company’s hygienic floor drains, hygienic floor troughs and hygienic cast and ladder grates for the hygienic floor drains will now display the NSF/ANSI 3A 14159-1-2014 certification mark to show that their hygienic performance complies with the strict standards and procedures of the NSF/3A.

     

    The achievement is an industry first. “As a responsible manufacturer and business partner, ACO has become the first and only drainage company to obtain NSF international is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization recognized as a world leader in standards development, product certification, education and risk-management for public health and safety.

     

    ACO’s innovative solutions are affordable and adaptable to a broad range of circumstances. “ACO’s stainless products are competitive against existing products in the market.” says Mr. Haydon. The competitive against existing products in the market,” says Mr. Haydon. The company recommends one-piece units as the most hygienic solution for high-risk zones. “If the optimum drainage solution ends up being long runs-10 to 20 foot-then it can have an impact on transport options and costs, but it’s a tiny percentage overall. What is important to look at is the lifetime cost of ownership with stainless drainage solutions. The benefit is reduced downtime for cleaning and maintenance due to the advanced hygienic design and manufacturing technologies. Additionally, the risk of employee and customer accidents is lowered due to rounded internal corners and anti-slip features on the grates. These tangible benefits combined translate to much lower lifetime ownership costs.”

     

    ACO’s products have become so popular that the company recently opened a new manufacturing facility to meet the demands of the United States’ northeastern market. The company’s original factory, located in Chardon, Ohio, was unable to accommodate the growing production needs, so a site 16 miles away in Mentor, Ohio was selected that could handle the company’s expanding needs, increasing product capacity by 35 percent. The stainless steel manufacturing facility in Casa Grande, AZ location has also been expanded to accommodate the growth of the company’s stainless steel division.

     

    As the company continues to expand, the team plans to keep leading the market across a wide range of drainage solutions. “ACO has an ongoing commitment to very high standards of manufacturing and to research-led product development, which ensures its products deliver optimum hygienic performance,” Mr. Haydon summarizes.

     

    The company will continue to work closely with flooring companies on the drain-to-drain interface research to ensure a durable and safe connection, and with a product portfolio that includes products to collect, clean, hold and release water, ACO is the leader surface water management solutions in both internal and external applications.

     

    As the first drainage manufacturer to become a member of EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group), ACO will continue to work in close cooperation with the rest of the industry to develop new guidelines for hygienic drainage in the food processing industry around the globe. After nearly 40 years of growth and success in the American market, ACO is well placed to lead the industry while forging ahead into new, innovative territory.

  • Putting Hygiene - and drainage - First

     

    Stainless-steel drainage systems are an increasingly popular choice with today’s public-health engineers and designers in the food and beverage, professional kitchen environment, and the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

     

    Stainless steel offers a host of benefits compared to more traditional materials, including long-term durability and aesthetics. For engineers, the superior hygienic performance, ease of installation, on-site health and safety benefits, and system compatibility with other drainage system components are some of the key advantages.

     

    Due to the lighter weight of stainless steel than other traditional materials, less onsite handling equipment needs to be used, which reduces the risk of a manual handling-related injury. With reduced manual handling required, installation is easier and quicker, reducing installation costs and time.

     

    When looking at the performance of the drainage system once in place, stainless steel also is the material of choice for engineers looking to deliver optimal hygienic performance and lifetime cost efficiency. Stainless steel is easy to clean and its smooth surface helps reduce the likelihood of a drainage system becoming contaminated with harmful micro-organisms and bacteria leading to permanent residence of pathogens within the system.

     

    Ease of cleaning reduces downtime and costs. The high corrosion resistance of stainless steel also means there is no need to apply internal coatings that are expensive and often fail, negatively impacting hygienic performance.

     

    When manufactured to high standards and fully pickle passivated, stainless-steel drain products deliver the advantages of long-term durability, the need for virtually zero maintenance and high life expectancy.

     

    So what are some of the key things a specifier should look for when specifying stainless-steel drainage products?

     

    Clean Products

     

    With industry trends for fresher food choices, less preservatives and less heat treatment, recent research and improvements in best practices tell us the food industry increasingly recognizes poor facility hygiene can be a direct result of bacteria present in a processing facility’s drainage. It’s widely accepted that hygienic drainage is critical to any food manufacturing or processing facility, whether you’re an international brewer or your business manufactures ready meals for a major supermarket.

     

    As a result, the industry needs to incorporate the hygienic design principles usually reserved for food-contact equipment into drainage design and improve specification standards in order to mitigate potential problems.

     

    So why is your drainage specification so important? Apart from the obvious issues regarding public health and brand reputation, there also are regulatory and best-practice standards to consider.

     

    It is clear drainage specification should be a high priority along with the design of the flooring and other infrastructure items.

     

    When specifying hygienic drainage, there are some basic, practical aspects to consider to ensure you have a drainage system that mitigates hygiene risks and the likelihood of cross contamination.

     

    Choosing the right materials: Stainless steel long has been established as the primary material of choice in the food sector and where hygiene is concerned. An engineer or hygienic technologist also needs to consider operating conditions such as acidity and temperature, and more importantly to fully understand the cleaning methodology and chemicals that will be used during the cleaning process before deciding which grade of steel to use.

     

    Welding process: The manufacturing process with regard to welds and welding should include welds that are continuous, smooth, ground and/or polished to eliminate uneven surfaces or pitting. Overlapping joints must not be used, which would create a void that will harbor bacteria. Welds should not be made in corners. Smooth contours eliminate crevices that can harbor bacteria.

     

    Pickle passivation: If it’s not fully pickle passivated, the stainless steel will suffer from corrosion and pitting which, in turn, will lead to the risk that it can’t be properly cleaned. It’s essential that the drainage system is fully pickle passivated. Processors which use localized pickling or pickle paste run the risk of failing to meet longer-term durability requirements.

     

    Product design considerations: This affects both the functionality of the drainage and its “cleanability,” a potentially overlooked consideration in the product selection process.

     

    Designing with cleanability in mind

     

    After taking into account the considerations above, there are four questions you should ask yourself to ensure your drainage system design meets hygienic requirements.

     

    Is your design fully drainable? Drainage channels need to have completely drainable bodies with engineered positive drainage features to prevent the build-up of stagnant water, smells, microbial growth and potential chemical hazards. If the drainage isn’t fully drainable, its hygienic performance will be compromised.

     

    Does your drainage have rounded corners? Sharp corners are harder to clean, particularly if they are situated at a right angle or bend, which means there’s a very real risk that the corner won’t get cleaned effectively. To ensure every part of the drainage surface is easily accessible, drainage should have rounded component features and corners with a minimum radius of 3 mm.

     

    Can your drainage be cleaned without power-washing? In spite of what some companies will say, one of the worst things you can do is power-wash your drainage. Power-washing creates ballistic droplets or a high-velocity spray. Your drainage should be designed in a way that power-washing is not required.

     

    Operational considerations

     

    Health, safety and cost management are keys to running a successful business. Ensure drainage design optimizes the safety of the people working in and cleaning a facility. Some basic requirements include the specification of slip-resistant products and grates that are easy to handle to avoid injuries and cuts.

     

    In terms of cost, ask how cost efficient the drainage system will be in the long term? Is it easy to clean, reducing labor costs and downtime? This reduces the risk of drains being a source of contamination, thereby mitigating risk. Is it durable so it requires the minimum amount of maintenance? How easy is it to work with on a daily basis? Asking these questions during the design stage saves valuable time and money down the road.

     

     

    After these considerations, rest assured you will have chosen to put drainage first and, as a result, hygiene first.

     

  • Driving the Future of Drainage - Business in Focus Magazine - Nov 2015

    ACO introduced modular trench drainage solutions to America three decades ago. Since then, the company has grown to become a multi-site manufacturing and sales operation with an exhaustive line of drainage products for all aspects of building and construction. The team also provides related services, including continuing education, specification advice and installation support.

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    The story began in 1946, when Josef-Severin Ahlmann launched ACO on the site of the Carlshütte Foundry in Budelsdorf, which is located near Rendsburg in Northern Germany. At first the company focused exclusively on concrete drainage channels, and then added polymer concrete drainage channels to the product line in the 1960s.

    In 1972, ACO set up a company in Switzerland, opened another one in France four years later, and then launched a company in the United States in 1978. By then, Mr. Ahlmann’s humble startup had become a global success story – and it continues to expand to this day. Currently, the ACO Group – of which ACO USA is a part – employs more than 4000 people in 40 countries and boasts production facilities in North America, Europe, China and Australia.

    Why is Drainage Important?

    Standing water can lead to serious structural damage, from cracked foundations and settling to degradation of building materials and freeze-thaw complications. Water that collects on roads, highways, and bridges is also a serious concern, since it can put motorists in danger. Therefore, controlling the flow of water is a critically important component to virtually every construction project.

    ACO Drainage Solutions

    ACO made a name for itself by bringing modular trench drains to the American marketplace, providing the reliable, reasonably priced pre-cast drainage solution that builders seek. These factory manufactured channels compose the ACO Drain product line and come in meter or half-meter lengths, making transporting to the job site and on-site handling a snap. Once onsite, channels are aligned into versatile configurations via male/female interconnecting ends to form a continuous sloped run. With up to 40 interconnecting channel sizes available in one system, modular sloped trenches can be as long as 125 feet. Neutral channels with no slope can be inserted within that run to create an even longer system.

    Modular trench drains are more affordable and save installation time and effort. “Cost comparisons have shown modular trench drains to have lower total installed costs when labor, excavation, pipework, grading etc., are taken into account,” explains Jaclyn Revis, Marketing Services Manager for ACO USA. “On average, pre-cast modular trench drains cost about 10 percent less to install and maintain than catch basin systems, and 20 percent less than cast-in-place trench drain systems.” At just four inches wide, the narrow width of modular channels helps keep costs down. “These narrower widths use smaller grates, significantly reducing overall project costs,” Mrs. Revis explains. “Wider systems are available if required by hydraulics or application.”

    Armed with a dedicated research and development department, ACO designs and produces a number of innovative, market leading drainage systems that meet the drainage needs of many industries and specific applications. ACO Sport – the company’s sport field and stadium drainage system – has been used at Olympic venues since 1972. This product line earned special recognition during the 2014 World Cup games in Brazil, when it kept the stadium in working condition during a brutal downpour. While the surrounding streets flooded, ACO’s trench drainage system kept the soccer field relatively dry, allowing the United States and Germany to play a match that would have otherwise been canceled.

    ACO Environment helps control pollution with liquid and solid separators and spill containment systems that are manufactured from corrosion-resistant materials. Specializing in custom drainage solutions, ACO Aquaduct provides products made from FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic), stainless steel and other materials. ACO Utility Duct supplies surface ducting systems that are designed to protect cables and pipes against external influences. ACO Wildlife supplies tunnels and fence systems that help wildlife cross dangerous roads safely.

    One of ACO’s newest product lines, ACO Stainless, includes stainless steel drainage solutions, primarily used for building drainage or commercial kitchen applications where the strength and cleanability of stainless steel is most important. ACO’s philosophy of HygieneFirst represents the team’s commitment to delivering products that provide ultimate hygienic performance. These products are designed to effectively and safely drain away and handle process water and reduce the risk of food contamination.

    ACO also offers solutions for residential applications in both exterior landscape applications as well as interior bathroom drainage solutions. ACO Self is a line of residential trench drain products designed for the landscaper, builder, or do-it-yourself enthusiast. The QuARTz ACO ShowerDrain products are designer bathroom products that include point and linear shower drains with a variety of grate designs, finishes, lengths and accessories. QuARTz products are often used in hospitals, hotels, resorts and residential homes.

    ACO StormBrixx is a unique and patented plastic geocellular stormwater management system. Designed for surface water infiltration and storage, its versatility allows it to be used in applications across all construction environments as a standalone solution or as part of an integrated sustainable urban drainage scheme. ACO Infrastructure includes a range of surface drainage products specifically engineered for highways, urban roads, bridges, docks and airports. This range includes Qmax, a high-capacity slot drainage system that allows an unbroken reinforced concrete slab to be cast around – and through – the inlets for a stronger surround.

    Developed to satisfy the demand for an economic, high-capacity drainage system for large catchment areas, Qmax is available in five different sizes. Ideal for racetracks, Qmax is used at some of North America’s top racing venues. For example, the Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 Racing Track in Austin, Texas installed 7000 meters of the product. Mexico’s brand new Formula 1 track – slated to open with the Mexico Formula 1 Grand Prix race on November 1st – has also installed over four miles of drainage systems, including Qmax.

    The product has earned national recognition for its creative approach and effective results. In 2012, the Most Innovative Products (MIP) Award Program named Qmax the Most Innovative Product in the Expert’s Choice – General Tools & Equipment category.

    Preparing for the Future

    ACO’s products have become so popular that the company has recently opened a new manufacturing facility to meet the demands of the United States’ northeastern market. The company’s original factory, located in Chardon, Ohio, was simply unable to accommodate the growing production needs, so a site 16 miles away in Mentor, Ohio was selected that could handle the company’s expanding needs. Production capacity will increase by 35%.

    Stocked with the latest, most advanced technology, the new Ohio facility will bring the company’s northeast operations up to speed with other ACO locations. The move will also help grow ACO’s presence in the United States by solidifying the company’s position as the market leader and allowing the team to deliver better quality and service.

    Moving forward, ACO will continue to focus on growth, both in sales and in profit. “To achieve these goals, we must continuously improve our product offering through innovations and new product development,” says Vaclav Tikalsky, President of ACO USA. “The company will also need to keep a close eye on its internal processes,” he adds.

    ACO will also maintain a strong focus on its people, the backbone of the business. “The company’s success is based on its employees and strong international network of the ACO Group,” Mr. Tikalsky states. “ACO wants to be a good employer, further developing the family culture where people will like their work and enjoy the new facilities which we have built in recent years.”

    Mr. Tikalsky credits customers for “asking for the right solutions” and emphasizes how important it is to pay attention to their needs. “ACO will continue to closely listen to their needs,” he says.

    The company’s focus on innovative designs, employees, and customer satisfaction has paid off. “The strategies we have in place have proven effective,” Mr. Tikalsky points out. “The company is growing and expanding. Of course, we do have to face some ups and downs like other companies, but overall, we are pleased with our direction.”

    The groundwork is laid for ACO to continue to be the single solution for all of its customers’ drainage needs. “Our customers can expect much more with [our] upcoming new range of products,” Mr. Tikalsky shares. “We are bringing awareness to the complete ‘system chain’ for both surface water management as well as building drainage. Our customers will be able to get the right products for situations when they need to ‘collect, clean, hold and release’ the water, from one single source.”

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  • ACO saves the day at the 2014 World Cup

    "ACO saves the game with ACO Drain in the 2014 World Cup games in Brazil. During the pouring rainfall that hit the city of Recife before the USA - Germany match, the city streets got covered with storm water to a large extent; however, the stadium remained in good working conditions with the help of an efficient trench drain system from ACO which kept the water off the surface. This saved a lot of money and trouble to the organizers which otherwise would have had to reschedule the game. The news circulated around the world, with the German national television ZDF talking on the main news program about it.
    The Guardian in the UK stated that "The rain was more of an influence on the game in soggy Recife, yet the pitch drained much more impressively than the city centre streets . . ."  while, on the other side of the pond, Washington Post was reporting that

    “Humidity was to be expected, but this is something else.

    By 9 a.m., CNN had reported that Recife had picked up 2.9 inches of rain. FIFA officials were expected to step onto the pitch later this morning to determine just how much water is standing and whether the match, scheduled to begin at noon EDT, can be played. It stands to reason that the pitch will be just fine, with far better drainage in place.”

    NY Times noted that "the area in front of one goal appeared to be a bit swampy, but the surface certainly drained better than the city's roads"

    Also Yahoo Sports was informing that "While access to the field was restricted, a stadium official reported that the drainage system in place at the system was working effectively and that the field was in good condition. Heavy tarps covered the goal areas on both sides of the field. No standing water was visible."

    This is yet another high profile example of why linear drainage is so important on sport fields.

     

    - Dinu Filip

     

    ACO's product was also mentioned on other media outlets including a Sports Illustrated article.

    Read the Sports Illustrated article.

     

    For sports facilities drainage visit www.acosport.us

     

    For commercial drainage visit www.acodrain.us

  • Fairpoint Communications Uses PowerDrain for Retrofit Solution

    PowerDrain - S100K Retrofit installation

     

    Fairpoint Communications needed a cost-effective solution for a failing cast-in-place (CIP) trench drain at its Manchester New Hampshire garage facility. Three 125-foot 14” wide runs of CIP trench drain were failing. Grates were loose, causing them to move whenever traffic crossed them. The edges of the concrete were deteriorating. And because the system was non-sloped, the trenches did not drain properly and tended to have debris and water ponding in parts of the system. Morin Contracting Services and ACO’s distributor A H Harris worked together to come up with the solution: ACO S100K PowerDrain Presloped System.

     

     

     

    ACO’s S100K PowerDrain Presloped System was chosen because of its hydraulic efficiency, its ability to handle heavy traffic, and, because of its narrower cross section, its ability to fit into the excavation of the existing trench. Once the excavation was complete and the new expansion joints prepared, the S100K channels were installed. MCS used the concrete patty method to install the channels and grates. A 600 series catch basin was installed above the existing drain pipe and the system was then cast into the new concrete surround. The installation of all three trenches took far less time than forming and pouring a CIP frame and grate system. And because of the innovative PowerLok grate locking system, grates were held safely in place and still allowed easy maintenance of the entire system. The project saved time and money over a less efficient and more difficult to install CIP system. As a result, S100K PowerDrain is now being installed in another Fairpoint Communications garage in neighboring Keene, NH.

     

    Story and photos submitted by Charlie Reber

    Area Sales Manager for the New England Region

     

  • The Curved driveway

    Project Name: Phillips Place - Residence

    Location: Black Mountain, NC

    Garage with Pavers: K100 with 492Q Slotted Composite Grate.  16'

    Driveway with Pavers: K200 with 680Q Ductile Iron Wave Grate.  85'

    Installer: April Carder with In-Site Out Designs in Black Mountain, NC

     

    April contacted ACO when she needed some drain for the garage of a home on top of Black Mountain in NC.  She was impressed with the K100 she used in front of the garage so started to think of ways to incorporate ACO trench drain along the driveway to stop water from reaching the home.  As the photo on the left shows, being on the down slope of the mountain, all water flows toward the home.

    After discussing the range of products available, we decided on the K200 with the new Wave grate.  As you can see in the pictures, it wasn’t  your typical straight run of trench drain.  It had to follow the curve of the driveway.  End result looks amazing!

     

    The homeowner is a mechanical engineer and was extremely impressed with the ACO products.  The home is being presented in the Parade of Homes.

     

     

    Story submitted by Andy Bacot

    Carolinas Area Sales Manager

  • New Patented trench drain installation device

    New Patented trench drain installation device.

     

    Installation devices for modular trench drains have been around for many years. Like other trench drain manufacturers, ACO has had a variety of installation devices over the years.

     

    Many of these installation devices don’t  work very well – whether they be bits of plastic molded on the side of channels or steel devices that the trench sits on, many of these devices are add-on after thoughts after the channel has been designed.

     

    With the new generation of ACO Drain design, ACO has taken the opportunity to design the installation device in conjunction with the body of the channel.  Apart from giving perfect alignment of joints and height the patented clamp locks two channels tight together as well as making sure the channels can’t float as the concrete is poured around the channel.

     

    The steel clamp mechanism works by using proven technology of a wedge to lock the device around the two channels.  The installation device is bolted to two pieces of rebar or other rod support the channels leaving a gap under the channel for the concrete haunch.  The installation device is ‘lost’ within the concrete haunch.

     

    The new ACO Drain installation device is available that fits both K100 and S100K 4” internal width channels.  A slightly larger devise fits both the K200and S200K and the largest device fits K300 &S300K.

     

    For more information please contact your local ACO sales office.