A Haymarket-based wastewater treatment manufacturer plans to expand its operations and build a new Fauquier County facility the company says will create 16 new jobs, according to a news release from Gov. Glenn Youngkin's office.
The manufacturer, E-Z Treat Company Inc., says it will invest $3.5 million to build a new 30,000-square-foot facility next to its existing site at 131 Gaskins Lane in Catlett, which Carl Perry, president of the company, said will increase the company’s capacity and production capability.
“About half of our production is split between Ohio and Georgia,” he told FauquierNow. “Half of [our production] is in the [Haymarket facility], and we need another bigger building so that everything will be here.”
Founded in 2000, Perry said E-Z Treat designs and manufactures wastewater treatment equipment for subdivisions, RV parks, schools and “just about anywhere that needs sewage treatment” that doesn’t have access to a municipal sewer system.
E-Z Treat’s primary customers include educational institutions and residential housing developers located in Arizona, California and Florida. The company’s patented Re-Circulating Synthetic Sand Filter is the first and only biological-based treatment system to pass the National Sanitation Foundation-250 Water Reuse 245 and 40 testing.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the Fauquier County Economic Development Department to secure the project for Virginia and will support E-Z Treat’s job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP), which provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs to support employee recruitment and training activities.
“E-Z Treat has been a cornerstone advanced manufacturer in Fauquier County for five years, and we appreciate their continued investment as they add more jobs with good wages for our community,” Rick Gerhardt, chairman of the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors, said in the release.
Perry noted that his company decided to move its operations to Fauquier because of the “business climate, as well as lower state and local taxes.”
“As a result, we've grown significantly here and it makes sense to expand in Catlett, especially with the support we've received from Fauquier County and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership,” he said. “We appreciate the Virginia Jobs Investment Program grant to help us offset the costs of workforce recruiting and training.”
Perry said the Haymarket facility currently employs about 15 people, and the 16 additional positions needed for the new facility will include administrators, engineers and machine operators.
Perry said he expects the opening of the new Catlett facility to be in early spring or late summer of 2023.