Bloomington innovator taps into world
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Soybean and corn replace petroleum in
[JULY 7, 2006]
-- "It may be a small, little soybean, but we do some very big
things with it!" says Frank Sliney, chief executive officer of
Franmar Chemical. "We've been making paint strippers, adhesive
remover, hand sanitizers, asphalt cleaners and parts washers for
over 20 years now -- all made with soy. The possibilities are
In 2005, Franmar used over 500,000 pounds of soy
ester to produce more than two dozen consumer and industrial
cleaning products used worldwide. And that's a giant step from the
days when Franmar was producing a fraction of these products in
Sliney's basement. Franmar's growth to be a force in the
alternative-to-petroleum market is not surprising, though, given
Sliney's ingenuity, initiative and marketing skills.
Franmar has long been recognized as a formulating and marketing
leader in promoting soy-based cleaning solutions. In the early
1990s, Franmar was one of the first invited participants in the
EPA's Design for the Environment Research Program and continues to
be a presence in Washington, D.C., promoting the advantages of
non-global-warming, environmentally safe soy-based cleaning
During one such visit, Sliney met with an assistant to the U.S.
secretary of agriculture, who has been purchasing Franmar's hand
sanitizer to provide as gifts and samples. The hand sanitizer is
made of 83 percent renewable materials -- soy and corn. The product,
introduced in 2005, more than meets the requirements of the
"preferred federal procurement purchase" provision of the 2002 Farm
Act, which requires federal agencies to purchase products made from
renewable resources, like soy, whenever those products meet both
performance and price compatibility standards.
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Another 2005 innovation was Franmar's Bean-e-doo Automotive
Adhesive Molding Remover, made from soy and citrus. This product is
already being used in hundreds of body shops throughout the United
"We've been removing adhesives for years from floors with Bean-e-doo
Mastic Mastic Remover," said Sliney. "I was over at Kurt's Auto Body
in Bloomington and watched them remove adhesive from a car molding.
I knew we could make a product that would be safe and easier to use.
Kurt tested the product for us, and it's been a hit at every trade
show we've taken it to ever since."
"The guys really like Bean-e-doo," said Kurt, who has owned and
operated Kurt's Auto Body since 1971. "It works great and saves us a
lot of time; and time is money." He now has three of the adhesive
remover systems in his shop.
The demand for safe and renewable products is on the rise. Soy,
corn and citrus solvents meet safety and environmental regulations
that are currently in place.
Franmar Chemical has garnered worldwide attention as a company
that develops revolutionary replacement solvents that work far
better, safer and easier than traditional petroleum chemicals.
Franmar Chemical has customers in the United States, Latin American,
Asia and Europe.
[Franmar Chemical news release]