Why Versa Trench?


16% of the typical GC's project work is accomplished using prefabricated assemblies.

57% plan to add prefabrication and modularization capacity in the next year.

Read the full study on FMI's website.

Versa Trench Saves Time and Money

Versa Trench saves you installation time and expenses with its prefabricated, modular design. Unlike old fashioned trench setups, you do not have to wait for concrete to cure, you do not have to assemble frames, and you do not have to use expensive plastics, polymers, and other specialized products. Instead, you have a simple design that bolts together to save you valuable time and money. 

Versa Trench saves you time and installation is simple. Take a look at the Installation Page to learn more.

McGraw Hill Study Demonstrates Productivity Gains & Cost Reduction of Prefabrication

Expect 6% + savings in project budgets and schedule decreases of 4+ weeks

The new SmartMarket Report, Prefabrication and Modularization: Increasing Productivity in the Construction Industry, provides insight into the role that prefabrication/modularization can have on improving productivity in construction—including impacts on project schedule, costs, safety, quality and waste reduction. Though techniques that have been around for decades, prefabrication/modularization are seeing a renaissance as technologies, such as BIM, have enabled better integration of prefabricated/modular components; as changes in design such as the emergence of green have made certain advantages of prefabrication/modularization more important; and as innovative offsite techniques have emerged. With more detail in the report, the study found the following key benefits of prefabrication/modularization:

  • 66% report that project schedules are decreased—35% by four weeks or more.
  • 65% report that project budgets are decreased—41% by 6% or more.
  • 77% report that construction site waste is decreased—44% by 5% or more.

Read more and get your free copy of the report here.

A History Of Excellence: Preform Trench Drain & Versa Trench


John Chrien developed a prefabricated trench drain product as a result of Standard Oil of Ohio (now BP), need to reduce labor when they were installing trench drains at the aprons of their driveway at their service stations.


European companies very large and well-funded entered the US trench market with their prefabricated trench drain product that was marketed all over the US. Preform Trench Drain was greatly limited to the Ohio market and the fact that our own manufacturer went into business against us with their own version of our product.


I started to investigate what a contractor did to our product by altering it in the field and turning it into a pipe trench, providing access to buried pipe.


Preliminary drawings and sample models were created for concrete contractors.


The product was refined thanks to feedback from the concrete contractors. I launched a patent search with an attorney to see if protecting the idea was viable.


I received the first patent for various components of the product. This was also the year of the first order in September 2013 following the production of a marketing PDF.