PROSOCO is coming up on 75 years, and is going stronger than ever.
Seventy-five years says “sustainability” to me. The diamond is the stone for the 75th year anniversary. As we all know, “Diamonds are forever” — Can’t get more sustainable than that.
When the calendar flips over to that first page of 2013, PROSOCO, since 1939, will have 74 years behind it. We’ll embark on our 75th year of solving problems.
And the years have been solution-packed. Here are just a few highlights:
1956: Jerry Boyer, son of PROSOCO founder Al Boyer, develops Sure Klean 600 for cleaning excess mortar safely from clay brick — works a lot better than muriatic acid.
1959: The 14-story terra cotta Mountain States Telephone Building needs cleaning. But the only available technologies, sandblasting or muriatic acid are too destructive. Jerry invents a custom formula, pioneering restoration cleaning in the process.
1964: Water soaking into bricks and mortar joints causes cracking, spalling, biological staining and decreased masonry service life. Jerry introduces penetrating, breathable water-repellents for concrete, brick and stone. Now in widespread use.
1976: Paramount Pictures gets fake blood all over the porous travertine terraces at the World Trade Center while filming a remake of “King Kong.” Then they can’t get it out. Jerry, can you help? Yes he can, and does, with another custom solution.
1980s: Remember acid rain? It’s dissolving historic architecture. Jerry seeks advice from preservationists in Europe who have some experience with building conservation — like centuries. He brings stone-strengthening technology to this country to help stop the weathering away of American landmarks.
1990s: Colored architectural concrete masonry — very sensitive to acidic cleaners — shows up in ever-increasing quantities. PROSOCO develops cleaners that safely dissolve excess mortar — even on burnished block — while contributing to color uniformity, another new issue.
2003:Concrete masonry products continue to proliferate. Concrete brick, cast stone and other materials look like clay brick and sandstone. But if you clean them like clay brick and sandstone, you’ll cause damage. More than one contractor did, and paid the price. PROSOCO develops Concrete Brick Cleaner and Manufactured Stone Cleaner to fix that.
2005: PROSOCO introduces PROSOCO R-GUARD, a fluid-applied air and water-resistive barrier replacement for inefficient sheet wraps. R-GUARD dramatically increases the energy efficiency of buildings by cutting off air leaks through the building envelope permitted by torn, wind-ravaged sheet wraps.
2006: Hardening and densifying finished concrete flooring has always been time-consuming and difficult. There’s lots of scrubbing, rinsing, collecting and proper disposal of hazardous wastewater. Consolideck products for finished concrete flooring end all that, making hardening/densifying concrete flatwork a snap. Spray, spread, done.
2006 – 2011: Consolideck product-offerings grow exponentially, as PROSOCO takes the difficulty out of one flooring issue after another — prep cleaning, restoration cleaning, coloring, protecting and more. As always, all products are backed with the industry’s best customer and end-user support.
2010: The incredible FastFlash air and waterproof barrier products join the PROSOCO line-up. The products are simplicity itself to apply. They’re instantly waterproof, yet vapor-permeable. Unlike any other air barrier products, the FastFlash products can go on wet surfaces, eliminating many weather-related work delays.
2010 – 2012: Passive House builders discover the amazing energy-saving properties of FastFlash air and waterproof barrier products and use the system in certified Passive Houses in Washington, Oregon and elsewhere.
2012: After being reformulated to be “phthalate-free,” the FastFlash system goes on Seattle’s net-zero energy Bullitt Center, arguably one of the world’s greenest buildings.
2013: Stay tuned!