St Louis, Missouri is home to Foam Supplies, Inc, a company with patents in key areas in polyurethane technology and processing. Simon Robinson went along in October 2015 to find out more about the firm.
Founded in 1972 as a systems house, Foam Supplies, Inc. (FSI) is one of the longer surviving independent systems houses in the US, said Todd Keske, president of the company.
The firm, which is privately held, employs just over 100 people and is producing around 100 kT/year of polyurethane systems on a single shift basis at its plant in St Louis, Missouri. The company has an additional production facility in Lewisville, Texas.
FSI has built its business positon on key patents in polyurethane foam technology, placing a constant focus on new innovations, including blowing agents and machinery.
“In 1989 we developed our first patents on CFC22-blown foams,” Keske explained.
Keske continued: “Blowing agent technology, and specifically developing new technology, has always been at the core of our culture. It wasn’t designed that way… it just happened. From the beginning, we always looked for new solutions, despite what other companies were doing.”
“For instance,” he continued, “as the majors were moving into HCFC-141b systems, we chose a different route. We were one of the first to sell HFC-134a (1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane blowing…