February 4, 2013
Greenovation: Franmar Chemical – Pure Innovation
Courtesy of Pat Byington, The Green Register Editor
The word “chemical,” does not usually go hand-in-hand with the phrase, “environmentally-safe.” But that is one of a thousand things that make Franmar Chemical one of the most unique names in business today.
It takes desire, passion and intelligence to be innovative when it comes to transforming an industry into one of ‘sustainability.’ But the ‘fresh’ ideas that have come from Franmar Chemical have made everything from cleaning solutions to paint removers to the popular industry of decorative concrete, effective and economical.
For those who are unaware, Franmar has proven their dedication to industry as well as the environment for the past twenty-five years, working on solutions to chemical processes that are solely based on soybeans and natural elements. Because of this dedication, Franmar Chemical products aid everyone from ‘do-it-yourselfers’ to the construction industry by placing at their disposal carpet and tile removers, marine and boating products, paint removers, and so much more – with all of these products being efficient, cost-effective, and completely safe for the planet as well as a person’s individual health.
Beginning in the screen printing industry, a man by the name of Frank Sliney was introduced into his ‘problem-solving’ future through building a business where he decided that the existing products, formulas and chemistry were not only unsafe for experts, but also completely horrific when it came to the environment. This is where the idea of soy and soybeans came about.
With this ‘all natural’ base, Frank Sliney was able to transform toxic and expensive petrochemicals into products that would do the job better than the originals, but also be safe and affordable. This was where Frank Sliney’s focus was placed when the very first breakthrough came about. BEAN-E-Doo® replaced the use of ‘mineral spirits, xylene, toluene and gasoline’ in the cleaning operations of the screen printing industry, and this amazing innovation led to even more research and development to turn other industrial chemicals into ‘green’ chemicals – way before the ‘greening of America’ became a major goal for one and all.
The world of Decorative Concrete has become one of the most important industries when it comes to remodeling and creating everything from new homes to patios. This newest invention is changing the face of concrete so it is no longer used as a simple ‘functional’ medium. Concrete is now a visual and artistic statement that beautifies and enhances a structure, while still serving its original function as being a part of the building itself (i.e., floors, walls, etc.).
Amazing concrete ‘transformation’ is achieved by utilizing a variety of materials that can be applied during the pouring process, or even after the concrete is cured. From stamped concrete, which is the process of adding texture and color to make the concrete resemble stone, brick, slate and many surfaces found in nature; to acid staining, which is a chemical reaction in the concrete that creates new earth tone colors on the concrete surface. In addition, decorative overlays, polished concrete, even engraving, which is the creation of custom designs etched into the surface of the concrete creating the look of tile, flagstone, and more – the choices simply don’t end when! And this is where Franmar’s most popular product comes into play.
SOYGel, made with 100% American Grown Soybeans, is a true innovation which completely erases the extremely hard work that comes with sanding and chiseling. By applying SOYGel on the coating that must be removed, within minutes SOYGel’s unique power begins to lift the coatings. Whether it’s one coat, five, or even twenty, SOYGel removes them all and no money has to be paid out to the chiropractor to put your knees and spine back together again.
Not only does one gallon of SOYGel offer approximately 200 sq. ft. of coverage (which saves money, yet again), but SOYGel also offers you no harsh odors and no safety hazards whatsoever. Multiple layers of everything from paints and lead-based paints to urethanes and polyurethanes, concrete acrylics, sealers, and even single or two-part epoxies are literally removed with no work AND no harm to either your health or the environment. Even on the Franmar Chemical website, you can see the results from real people who utilized SOYGel and ended up transforming their ‘frightening’ building and remodeling projects into jobs they truly enjoyed.
The United Soybean Board and farmers across the country have worked with Franmar participating in the funding of soy research and promotion. This monetary promise combined with Franmar’s research and development team, has turned soy-based chemicals into the most utilized and most needed product lines available.
Two brand new products to look out for from Franmar include LEAD OUT™ Paint Stripper, which is a lead-based paint remover that actually makes lead paint non-hazardous so that removal is safe and disposal is inexpensive. And Franmar’s Aqua Wash Water Based Ink Cleaner, which has completely solved the difficult issue of removing dried water-based inks. Virtually odorless, 100% biodegradable, drain safe and no caustics, makes Aqua Wash a huge money-saver!
This is the 21st Century, offering some of the most amazing technical inventions ever seen since the beginning of time. And with Decorative Concrete being the most popular ‘addition’ to the construction, building and remodeling industries, the highly-skilled team behind Franmar Chemical is intent on gifting these professionals with creative inventions that work! Not only has this ingenious group changed the course of business and industry, but they’ve saved the environment all at the same time!
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