Donny Beaver is a serial entrepreneur. He co-founded New Pig in the mid-1980s–a company that absorbs anything that leaks, drips, splatters or spills. In 2001 Donny founded what would become a series of exclusive fly fishing clubs/retreat centers called the HomeWaters Club across Pennsylvania. In January 2013 he co-founded and launched HalenHardy, which solves problems for the Marcellus (and by extension construction) industry. Donny would talk to Marcellus workers who frequented his HomeWaters Club and his natural curiosity landed him in a new venture to help solve problems for the industry. HalenHardy’s tagline is that it develops and manufactures “tools to tackle crappy jobs®” for the mobile industrial workforce. First up was the excellent and award winning Mobile Air Shower by HalenHardy (MASHH) units that remove silica dust from workers in 30 seconds (see HalenHardy Wins Ben Franklin EHS Award for Silica Air Shower). Next up was a device that removes mud from boots in 30 seconds. After that? Portable barriers that will keep people away from dangerous construction sites or emergency scenes–as in “keep the heck out,” a product called Heck Out (see Marcellus Entrepreneur Donny Beaver: Silica Dust, Mud & Heck Out). Donny and his crew have done it again. HalenHardy has a line of products called Spilltration that trap oil, diesel fuel, and other kinds of chemicals, while letting pure water pass right through. Ingenious. What’s even more ingenious is that they’ve figured out a way to condense the Spilltration material into a 5-inch by 25-foot “flat boom” (think a long snake) that can be coiled up and fit behind the seat in your pickup truck. This new product, called SpillBoa™, is small enough for workers to carry with them to job sites–saving critical time. In the event of a spill, workers can quickly contain it so it doesn’t reach a storm drain or leak out of containment…
Donny and the crew provided MDN with this exclusive new produce announcement:
Mobile oil and fuel spills seem to happen when you least expect…a leaky diesel tank, ruptured hydraulic hose or electric transformer-oil blowout. The top priority is to contain the spill quickly to keep it from spreading. Unfortunately, most spill response materials are bulky and take up too much space. And, the first person on the scene rarely has enough supplies to hold the spill in check. So, the spill spreads until help arrives.
To solve the problem, product developers at HalenHardy took a novel approach. “We’ve always known that bulky spill control products took up too much space to be stored in vehicles and equipment. We decided to search for oil/fuel sorbent materials that were able to be compressed by at least 75% and sealed into much smaller packages,” notes Donny Beaver, HalenHardy CEO. “The sorbent also had to rebound to its original size once unpacked.”
After an exhaustive hunt, the team found the ideal fiber compound and perfected their “SmooshTM Packaging” process. This enables the user to store 400% to 1,000% more Spilltration® response materials than traditional spill products.
For example, the patent-pending SpillBoa sorbent barrier is a 5-inch by 25-foot “flat boom” that coils up into a compact 16” diameter, and the roll weighs just four pounds. Its flat profile allows more surface contact, which helps each SpillBoa barrier absorb oils/fuels 300% to 500% faster than traditional “overstuffed” booms and socks. Plus, the innovative design holds back many more gallons of spilled material until cleanup crews arrive. SpillBoa barrier also floats on water and holds back oil spills.
“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 up to 40 times faster than traditional products and helps mitigate the impact of oil and fuel spills.” said Tim Acri, COO, EMS.
Learn more at www.SpillBoa.com
Cool the new video to go along with the produce release: