Family-owned Foam Supplies Inc., with headquarters in Earth City, Missouri, is celebrating its founding 45 years ago by David Keske, the father of current company president Todd Keske.
Although the company got its start in rigid foams, FSI has long been a supplier of the blowing agents and flexible polyurethane foam systems used in the sleep products industry. These chemical systems can be formulated specifically for a customer’s exact wants and needs, FSI said.
“My late father founded Foam Supplies because he wanted to fill the gaps and serve customers that larger companies deemed insignificant to their business strategy,” Todd Keske said. “The philosophy was simple: Provide the best and most consistent polyurethane systems, as well as uncompromising customer service and technical support, to every customer. This and other value-based principles remain the backbone of FSI and are responsible for our success.”
FSI has two U.S.-based manufacturing facilities—at company headquarters and in Dallas— and an international presence, thanks to distribution and technology partners in close to 20 countries.
FSI lays claim to being the first company to patent hydrochlorofluorocarbon technology, which reduced the harmful effects of ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon products. Then it commercialized hydrofluorocarbon-based products to further mitigate damage to the environment. In 2002, FSI introduced its proprietary Ecomate blowing agent, which in 2003 was approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Significant New Alternatives Policy program, as a replacement for ozone-depleting foam blowing agents.
Ecomate blowing agent technology provides wider processing latitude and physical properties equal to or better than HFC blown systems, including a broad range of firmness options, the company said.
FSI also sells its Ecoflex brand of flexible foam systems, made with Ecomate, which can be methylene diphenyl diisocyanate or toluene diisocyanate based, and are used to produce foams in bedding—high-resiliency foams, polyurethane gels, super-soft foam, slabstock foam and viscoelastic.
“With more than 15 years of commercialization, polyurethane foam products powered by Ecomate outperform competing technologies today,” Keske said. “As the world transitions away from damaging HCFCs and HFCs, we have the products to meet both regulatory requirements and consumer demands. Whether it’s rigid, flexible, spray or other polyurethanes, Foam Supplies is prepared to help our customers meet their sustainability and business goals.”