Member Spotlight: February

Owens Corning (OC) is head quartered in Toledo, Ohio, with additional manufacturing facilities around the Globe. In 2016, the Owens Corning Components division acquired InterWrap Industrial Fabrics. In addition to continuing to manufacture the Rhino branded product line in protective packaging and roofing underlayment, OC will place a major focus on the newly formed Geosynethics business. The geomembrane product mix ranges from 12mil – 40mil with several proprietary technologies including the RhinoMat product line. Owens Corning has recently begun constructing a world class geosynthetics research facility, as part of the current Science & Technology Center, located in Granville, OH. Opening of the new facility is scheduled for Fall, 2017. The FGI liaisons for OC are North American Sales Manager Jimmie Eloff ( and Geosynthetics Engineer Andy Durham (


Secondary Containment System with EVOH For Auto Recycling Site

Recently, operators of a new auto shredder operation facility in Indiana installed a secondary geomembrane barrier with an internal EVOH (ethylene vinyl alcohol) layer beneath a hardscape pad in order to prevent metal, fuel and fluids contamination of soils and groundwater. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Report on American Infrastructure, geomembranes used in waste management have become the most advanced sector of engineering in the United States. However, not all geomembranes are created equally. For instance, 60-mil high density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembranes are not entirely effective at preventing gas migration of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In order to achieve gas impermeability, an additional gas-barrier layer must be used in a lining system or a geomembrane enhanced with an internal gas layer, such as EVOH, must be utilized.

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Raven Industries Acquires Integra Plastics, Inc.

Sioux Falls, SD (November 3, 2014)  Raven Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: RAVN) announced today that its Engineered Films Division(EFD) has acquired Integra Plastics, Inc., for approximately $48 million in cash and stock. Headquartered in Madison, SD, privately held Integra specializes in the manufacture and conversion of high-quality plastic film and sheeting. With 12-month sales of more than $35 million, Integra is in the process of increasing capacity through facility expansion at several locations. This acquisition will immediately expand Raven’s engineered film production capacity, broaden its product offerings, and enhance current converting capabilities.

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Illinois Approves “Fracking” Rules

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” uses a high pressure mixture of water, chemicals and sand to crack open rock formations thousands of feet underground in order to harness trapped oil and gas. On November 6, 2014, Illinois lawmakers signed off on rules regulating high volume oil and gas drilling, allowing companies to obtain fracking permits. According to Marc Miller, Director for The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the new rules state that waste water cannot be stored in open pits for more than a week at a time and all fracking permits must not be held further than 30 miles from where a well site would be located. Oil and gas drilling companies hope to create an energy boom in the southern part of Illinois with the new regulations.