SOURCE: ACH Foam Technologies

ACH Foam Technologies

April 02, 2013 10:31 ET

Foam-Control Plus+ Architectural Grade EPS Insulation Meets Extreme Measures for Sustainability

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Apr 2, 2013) - ACH Foam Technologies' Foam-Control® Plus+™ architectural grade insulation delivered stringent temperature control, operating cost and sustainability requirements for Badger State Fruit Processing's new cold storage facility in Pittsville, Wisconsin. The insulation was transported from ACH Foam's plant in Fond du Lac. ACH, a leading EPS manufacturer, is headquartered in Denver, Co.

Badger State's 200 million pounds of cranberries represents about 45% of Wisconsin's enormous crop. According to owner Butch Gardner, Wisconsin harvests about 52% of the world's cranberries.

The new cold storage facility had to be built to withstand many years of operation. Gardner issued a directive to his plant manager, Mark Konrardy. "The owner challenged me to find a way to keep our operating costs on the new cold storage facility low while achieving demanding temperature control requirements," explained Konrardy. "Our choice to use Foam-Control and Foam-Control Plus+ architectural grade EPS insulation evolved out of my research into materials that would meet performance, cost, constructability and environmental criteria. We wanted to make sure it wouldn't break down underground -- it has to hold up for years of operation and not become damaged by moisture."

Nearly 2 million board feet of ACH Foam Technologies' Foam-Control flat EPS roof insulation and over half a million board feet of the manufacturer's new Foam-Control Plus+ architectural grade perimeter and underslab insulation were used in the construction of the new cold storage facility this summer.

Mark Konrardy has had a long-term interest in environmental stewardship. "I set up a list of quantifiable parameters grouped into three categories: performance, cost and environmental stewardship. Within those categories I researched various materials available and when all was said and done, Foam Control EPS insulation came out the clear winner for several reasons," Konrardy added.

The tipping point, according to Konrardy, was cost savings. R-value to R-value, EPS is 10 to 20% less expensive than other rigid foam insulations. "My decision wasn't that difficult," Mark added. "I was able to find a material that satisfied the criteria Mr. Gardner set out for me and satisfy my desire to make our plant greener."