Enviro-Tech Systems, a process water treatment manufacturer, plans to break ground on a 10,000-square-foot, $1 million-plus facility at its company site on Norwell Drive in Covington.

ETS serves the offshore oil industry with devices that treat water that has mixed with oil so that the water can be reintroduced into the environment safely.

“Our Covington facility has served us well for 17 years,” said Frank Richerand II, ETS vice president. “The increase in demand and the growth of our international sales require this expansion and the need for additional talented staff. Equally important, St. Tammany provides us with a locational advantage allowing us to be near our customers.”

ETS employs about 50 and expects to hire 25 skilled trade workers who provide technical service as well as repairing and refurbishing skimmers, corrugated plate separators and other gravity separation equipment dealing with wastewater in the oil and gas industry. The company has developed its own line of equipment, including the Enviro-Sep? Corrugated Plate Separator (CPI), Enviro-Cell ? Induced Gas Flotation Cell and corrugated plate separator, flowbacks, and others.

“Over the years the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation has worked to connect ETS with resources that add value to their enterprise, including facilitating state incentives, export opportunities and Small Business Development Center assistance,” said Brenda Bertus, CEO of STEDF. “Mr. Richerand is a respected leader in the water treatment field, and we are applaud his expansion in St. Tammany Parish.”