Foam Receives Governor’s Award

Foam Receives Governor’s Award

The Solberg Company has announced that it is one of nine companies which have received the Wisonsin’s Governor’s New Product Award, which recognises Wisconsin USA’s leading manufacturers who have contributed to the state’s economic growth through the development, manufacturing and marketing of new and innovative products.

“Innovations we’re seeing from Wisconsin companies of all sizes in all industries is a main reason the state’s economy continues to grow,” said Governor Scott Walker. “I am proud to recognise these inventive products that keep the state’s economy moving.”

Solberg’s RE-HEALING Foam won Best of State — First Place in the large company category. Accepting the award were Mitch Hubert, Vice President — Global Product Development and Mark Siem, Research Chemist. RE-HEALING™ Foam concentrates from SOLBERG are an innovative, environmentally sustainable, fluorosurfactant and fluoropolymer-free firefighting foam used to effectively extinguish Class B fuels with no environmental concerns regarding persistence, bioaccumulation or toxic breakdown.

The Governor’s New Product Awards, which are sponsored by the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers (WSPE), recognise the benefits that come from research and engineering of new products. They also focus on rapidly emerging technologies, recognize the contribution of engineers in new product development and encourage the pursuit of science and engineering careers.

On presenting the award, Mitch Hubert said : “Firefighting foams suppress combustion by smothering burning fuels and cooling fires. For years, these foams have used long-chain fluorinated surfactants as the ‘active ingredient’. “But they have significant toxicity concerns, and so RE-HEALING foam was specifically developed to address the use of fluorinated surfactants. RE-HEALING foam replaces halogenated materials with a blend of non-fluorinated surfactants and complex carbohydrates.”