An industry was on the brink of collapse.
It was a bitter cold February morning in 2015. Oil and natural gas prices were dropping and projected to fall to record lows. Industry veterans were in panic-mode. Several of our best customers were telling us to brace for the worst.
In the back of my mind I’m thinking this is a great opportunity for us. I had been through several major downturns since starting my first business in the early 1970s. One key to success had emerged.
An opportunity for discovery was looming.
Dumpster diving taught us a lot along the way.
Damp metacarpal gloves that had only been worn for a couple hours before tossing
Hundreds of white oil spill cleanup pads and socks that looked practically brand new
Barely-worn safety vests and even costly fire-resistant coveralls
So, we asked a key client for permission to perform “dumpster diving” to see if we could save them money. They immediately gave us the green light.
We put our heads together to come up with specifications of the ideal replacement product. Our ideal product would:
Quickly absorb hydrocarbons in wet and dry weather.
Allow water to filter through (leaving the oil in the fibers).
Be made from 100% post-consumer waste.
Be squeezable to recover the hydrocarbons and be reused at least 10 times.
Be compactable and able to be stored in 400% less area on space-constrained well pads.
Reduce disposal waste costs by at least 300%.
Save our customer at least 70% in overall cost-to-use.
A rocky transition ensued...
But we got by with help from our friends.
For persistent outdoor oil drips and leaks professionals complained:
When it rained the oil would get “lifted” and runoff to unprotected areas
- Dripping oil quickly saturated white pads and spread across the ground beneath
- White pads had a tendency to blow around
- UV sunlight would turn the old white materials to dust in a matter of a few short weeks
- White spill products created too much waste
- All these problems caused excess labor to be expended
- They were concerned when they learned the white materials were made mostly from virgin polymers
- Budget pressures were forcing all customers to rethink every process
- When the customers complained to their distributors of white stuff, they offered no improvements
In the past, controlling consistent leaks and drips in the outdoors was a nightmare.
For emergency outdoor spills professionals said:
Wet weather rendered old-fashioned white spill materials nearly useless in emergency conditions
- Oily runoff into storm sewers, streams, ponds and ditches was hard to control
- Old white products were bulky and took up precious space on their trucks and equipment
- Improvements in spill control deployment speeds were desperately needed
- Labor costs to clean up were high
- White spill materials were not reusable
- They were made mostly with unsustainable virgin polymers
- There weren’t any real oil spill control innovations in years and years
The light at the end of the tunnel.
We were ready to dig in and help tackle the worst spill control problems to protect our great outdoors.
"As a spill-response professional, I’m always looking for ways to help our customers save time and money. As soon as we saw the SpillBoa barrier in action, we recommended it to all our clients to keep in their vehicles and equipment as a first line of defense. It deploys 40 times faster than traditional products and helps mitigate the impact of oil and fuel spills."-Tim Acri, COO, Environmental Management Specialists"Spilltration® products are the first true innovation that I have seen in two decades. They source their raw materials in an environmentally sound fashion, they know the holding capacity of their product, and if you use the poly-backed product you directly address the local and federal EPA’s primary concern; oil getting into the ground. Nobody else does that."
-Transmission C&M Area Manager, Major Electric Utility
Lewis Environmental crew wipes up an oil sheen from wet pavement using Spilltration® Oil Shammies.
“We have the distinct pleasure of working with HalenHardy regularly. Donny and his team are always on the cutting edge of product development in the environmental response industry. We maintain an inventory of Spilltration® products in all of our locations. The Husky Rugs and Oil Shammies have proven themselves on countless events. We specifically use Husky Rugs in areas where storm water poses a risk of increasing a spill’s foot print. Oil Shammies work great during the final phase of spill clean-up or for the smaller spills where only a sheen is present. I highly recommend utilizing HalenHardy’s mitigation products.”-Stephen Pelna, VP of Lewis Environmental
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