MEET JOHNTE: AN AGENT OF INNOVATION

Ten months ago, the Eco Chemical™ team gained an invaluable member: chemist Johnte Meagher. After studying General Science and Chemistry at Oregon State University, Johnte worked for Forrest Technical Coatings and then for Akzo Nobel, the largest producer of paints and specialty chemicals in the world, formulating water-based interior wood finishes for ambient and radiation … Continued

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THE ROLE OF STAIN IN THE MANUFACTURE OF PRESSURE TREATED WOOD PRODUCTS

About twenty years ago, manufacturers began experimenting with wood stains because they were having trouble marketing their pressure treated lumber. Applying stain provided a more attractive finished product as well as better surface resistance to degradation from weather and sun. It was challenging to develop a stain that was compatible with waterborne treating processes and … Continued

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MEET MIKE: NATIONAL SALES MANAGER OF WOOD STAINS AND COATING DIVISION

Mike Boone is more than your run-of-the-mill sales guy – he’s been on board at Eco Chemical™ since 2011 as National Sales Manager for the Wood Stains and Coatings Division. Mike’s 35+ years of experience has given him exceptional product expertise and strong relationships with scores of people in the wood products industry, along with … Continued

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WHAT MAKES A QUALITY WOOD STAIN AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?

Manufacturers of pressure treated lumber products, like any manufacturer, face the challenge of continuous product improvement in order to stay competitive. Besides competition from other pressure treating companies, there is growing competition from non-wood products with substantial marketing support aimed at consumers. As always, the challenge requires solutions that are eco-friendly as well as affordable. … Continued

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THE EASTWARD MOVEMENT OF COLOR

The saying “As goes the West, so goes the Nation” is particularly evidenced in the areas of art and fashion. Lately, the notion has been playing out in the case of wood stain usage for outdoor projects. The West is widely acknowledged as the birthplace of the practice of staining pressure treated lumber. For at … Continued

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A PRIVATE LABEL OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE A SUPERIOR PRODUCT

Who: A well known Seattle-based supplier of pressure washing and steam cleaning equipment and materials, including parts, services, and chemicals to contractors, property managers, and homeowners in the Greater Puget Sound. What: The client asked us to develop a product that would effectively protect and maintain the appearance of recently cleaned surfaces. They wanted to … Continued

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A COLOR CHALLENGE TO SATISFY DIFFERENT MARKETS

Who: Allweather Wood is a large wood pressure treater with multiple facilities, including locations in Washougal, Washington and North Bend, Oregon. What: The Washougal and North Bend facilities were each using their own specific color of stain to treat different species of wood. In an effort to simplify and add flexibility to their inventory management … Continued

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EVOLUTION OF ECO CHEMICAL™ STAIN TECHNOLOGY

Roughly 20 years ago, pressure treated lumber companies in Western North America began experimenting with wood stains to provide a more visually appealing product for their customers. Their first efforts targeted the use of solvent-based stains, which proved to be unworkable with water-based preservative chemicals. Eco Chemical™ entered the picture with a breakthrough water-based stain … Continued

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A Flammability and Toxicity Challenge

Who: A large California spa manufacturer. What: A low-VOC, non-flammable wood stain. How: The client was on the verge of being shut down by the local fire department. They were unable to control problems with spontaneous combustion caused by their solvent-based wood staining operation. The company was also being investigated by the California Environmental Protection Agency for air … Continued

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SITTING PRETTY: STEPPING UP THE QUALITY OF FENCE BOARDS

As manufacturers in the pressure treated lumber industry, you understand better than anyone that customers expect good looks along with durability as a key measure of quality. When it comes to fence boards, why should they expect anything different? As Eco Chemical™ CEO Mark Cheirrett explains, there is a distinct disconnect in the world of … Continued

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