The History of a small polyurethane company in the land of giantsDavid Keske founded Foam Supplies in October of 1972 after working for years at large chemical companies, where he felt the service — especially for smaller customers — was sorely lacking. So he started his business with a simple philosophy: provide high quality polyurethane systems and outstanding customer service and technical support, to every customer, large or small. It’s a philosophy that worked then, and one we still abide by today.

In the beginning, the company occupied a 1000-square-foot rented warehouse where it transferred chemical systems into pressurized cylinders for customers who were simply “too small” for the large suppliers, or who wanted more personal attention. Keske set the company apart with expert application assistance and technical support…and the sales soon followed.

Increased sales required increased capacity, resulting in moves to larger facilities in 1974 and again in 1978, the same year we opened our second production facility, in Dallas, Texas. It was about this time that we began developing and producing our own chemical systems, setting the stage for important technological innovations in the years to come, both in chemical systems and in dispensing equipment.

In 1986, FSI engineered the industry’s first computer-controlled “in-line” blender for manufacturing chemical systems, and also received a patent for its Solvent-Less Urethane Gun (SLUG) dispensing unit. Additional patents were issued in 1992 and 1993 for the first non-CFC, HCFC-22 blown chemical systems to replace Freon 11 and 12, which helped us secure contracts to supply foam systems used in the United States aircraft carriers USS Roosevelt, USS Abraham Lincoln and USS George Washington.

In 2002, FSI patented a new generation of blowing agents and revolutionary family of polyurethane foam systems that still lead the industry today — ecomate®. Meeting critical needs then and now, ecomate® helps manufacturers produce quality products without contributing to global warming, ozone depletion or smog production.

Foam Supplies has continued to grow and innovate over the decades, through many different economic cycles. We take great pride in the fact that our steady, consistent growth has allowed us to never have a layoff — not once in more than 45 years! And we feel that fact validates the commitment to customer service that David Keske instilled in our company, which we proudly carry on to this day.