Foam Supplies, Inc. Gives Back to St. Louis Area Community

FSI presented Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri & Kansas with a $40,000 grant to support life-changing wishes to St. Louis area children, including Harper’s wish to go to Hawaii.

More than $250,000 Donated to Charitable Organizations in 2019

ST. LOUIS — Jan. 26, 2020 — From their humble beginnings in 1972, Foam Supplies, Inc. (FSI), has grown to the world’s leading polyurethane systems house and they believe in sharing that success with the greater St. Louis community. In 2019, FSI donated more than $250,000 to area charitable organizations.

“Giving back to the community is an important part of our company culture,” says Todd Keske, CEO at Foam Supplies, Inc. “FSI is committed to making a lasting impact in the community where our employees and many of our customers call home.”

FSI focuses its giving toward organizations that address education, conservation and helping people battling illnesses and injuries. Here is a breakdown of the company’s 2019 charitable donation highlights:

Friends of St. Louis University (SLU) Liver Center

Friends of the SLU Liver Center received a donation to support basic and clinical research in the treatment for all types of liver disease.

The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America received donations to support educational programs that build character, teach participatory citizenship and develop personal fitness.

Great Rivers Habitat Alliance/Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited and the Great Rivers Habitat Alliance received a donation to support the future of the Confluence, a unique 291,000-acre wetland system formed where the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers meet.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri & Kansas

Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Missouri & Kansas received donations for local children battling critical illnesses.

Lutheran Association for Special Education

Lutheran Association for Special Education (LASE) received donations to provide Christian special education and related services to children with mild special learning needs in the context of a caring environment.

Brain Injury Association of Missouri

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri received a donation to provide information and support to individuals with brain injury and their families.

Wonders of Wildlife Foundation

The Wonders of Wildlife Foundation received a donation to help educate future conservation leaders by inspiring them to act as stewards of the land and water.

“At Foam Supplies, we hold some simple beliefs about life, giving back to the community and business that drive the decisions we make every day,” says Keske. “Investing in organizations in our hometown today helps prepare for a better future.”

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ABOUT FOAM SUPPLIES, INC.
Founded in 1972, Foam Supplies, Inc. (FSI) is the world’s leading polyurethane systems house. FSI has led the industry with innovative products that have paved the way for environmental responsibility and sustainability. FSI’s patented Ecomate® technology is the most tested and proven environmentally friendly blowing agent to a family of polyurethane foam systems on the market today. Ecomate has zero global warming potential, zero ozone depletion potential, and contains no volatile organic compounds. Based in Earth City, MO, FSI has two manufacturing facilities in the U.S., three international sites, distributors in 17 countries, and customers in 30+ industries worldwide. Industries served include automotive, boating & marine, commercial refrigeration, construction, HVAC, refrigerated transport and spray foam. Learn more at foamsupplies.com and ecomatetechnology.com.

Technical Superiority and Support: Another FSI Advantage

For nearly 50 years, Foam Supplies has been distinguished not just by our products, but by our technical support as well. In fact, we are the only major polyurethane systems provider to offer routine, on-site maintenance to our customers to make sure that unplanned downtime is kept to a minimum.

At FSI, “Service What We Sell” is more than just a slogan – it’s one of the founding principles on which our business is based. And after nearly five decades, we’re proud to say that no other company can match our proactive approach to meeting all of our customers’ polyurethane needs – including their associated technical and troubleshooting needs – through our ongoing commitment to service.

Offering regular on-site service, training and support is part of our total commitment to customer success. It all starts with developing the right chemical system for your unique needs, progresses through extensive trials and demonstrations to optimize processes and ensure product performance, and continues with ongoing communication and personal visits to assure your operation runs smoothly and successfully.

Foam Supplies is not just a polyurethane chemical provider… we’re a true partner who’s there with our customers every step of the way. Find out more about our technical service and support here or contact your FSI representative to discuss your maintenance and support needs.

Don’t Let the Coming Cold Affect Your Foam’s Performance

With the hot days of summer behind us, it’s time to start planning for the cold days ahead (depending on your location, of course). Process control is important in any weather, but for polyurethane foam users, fall and winter are particularly important times to pay attention to chemical temperatures.

Foaming with chemicals that are too cold can adversely affect final foam performance, sometimes significantly. It’s important to keep your polyurethane chemicals within a consistent temperature range, especially with temperatures dropping below freezing – not to mention below zero – in many parts of the US. Properly storing your polyurethane chemicals is also critical to maintaining optimal shelf life.

Here are some important facts to remember:

  • Do NOT store chemicals at temperatures below 50°F.
  • Pre-heat chemicals to 75° – 90°F prior to use. Depending on vessel size, pre-heating will
    take a minimum of 12 hours and up to 48 hours in an 85°F temperature-controlled
    room.
  • Maintain chemical temperatures of 75° – 90°F during use.

When in doubt, Foam Supplies is always here to help! You’ll find optimal storage and use temperatures, as well as other important information, listed in the Safety Data Sheet for each chemical system we offer. And of course, always feel free to contact your FSI representative if you have any other questions on how temperature can affect your foam performance.

October 15th Marks the 3rd Anniversary of the HFC-Reducing Kigali Amendment

On October 15, 2016, the Kigali Amendment was enacted to virtually eliminate the use of global warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as foam blowing agents, refrigerants and other products. Today, just 3 years later, the amendment has been ratified by 87 countries – and the list continues to grow – proving without a doubt that the world is transitioning away from HFCs.

HFCs are greenhouse gases which can have high global warming potentials (GWPs), some more than 14,000. Under the amendment, most developed countries began reducing HFC use on January 1, 2019 and have committed to reductions of at least 40% by 2024, and later by 85%.

The worldwide market for products containing HFC-blown polyurethanes is shrinking quickly. And while the United States has yet to ratify the Kigali Amendment, there is bipartisan support to do so. If/when that happens, manufacturers still using HFC blowing agents will need to change quickly in order to maintain sales in the US.

The good news is that Ecomate® blowing agent technology is a proven, effective and available alternative to HFCs and is both affordable and easy to implement. It can be used in rigid foam systems (Ecofoam® and Ecomarine™), flexible and integral skin foams (Ecoflex™), spray foam (Ecospray®), hot and cold cast elastomers (Ecocast™) and more. Plus, Ecomate-based foam systems perform as well as or better than HFC-blown foams.

The implementation of the Kigali Amendment will definitely reduce or eliminate the demand for products that contain HFC blowing agents in most of the world – including key US trading partners like Canada and Mexico. To see a current list of countries that have ratified the Kigali Amendment, click here.