Good enough isn’t.

 

A look back at 80 years of PROSOCO’s ethos of always finding better ways.

 

PROSOCO has always pushed for better products and processes that can improve the appearance and performance of buildings we live and work in. Our tendency to push the industry toward a better way to build is often summed up by David Boyer, PROSOCO’s president and CEO, in a simple phrase, “Good enough isn’t.”                                                            Continue to the story >

 

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1939
1939

The Process Solvent Company Inc. is founded

The Process Solvent Company Inc. is founded

Albert J. Boyer founds the Process Solvent Company Inc., blender of chemical automotive specialties.

1944
1944

U.S. Army buys inventory

The U.S. Army buys Process Solvent Company’s entire inventory of products, then takes a year to pay.

1952
1952

First proprietary cleaner developed

First proprietary cleaner developed

Process Solvent Company creates the first proprietary cleaner for new construction: Sure Klean 101 Lime Solvent.

1953
1953

Cure & seal innovation

PROSOCO launches first concrete curing and sealing compounds.

1956
1956

Sure Klean 600 is born

Sure Klean 600 Detergent

Sure Klean 600 Detergent, No. 1-selling proprietary cleaner for new brick construction, hits the market.

1959
1959

First proprietary chemical restoration cleaning happens in Denver

First proprietary chemical restoration cleaning happens in Denver

Denver Terra Cotta Company asks Jerry Boyer to figure out a way to safely clean the sensitive terra cotta of the Mountain States Telephone Building. He does. This cleaning marks the first proprietary, chemical restoration cleaning in the U.S.

1962
1962

Restoration cleaners introduced

PROSOCO’s pioneering line of restoration cleaners is introduced to the market.

1964
1964

Weather Seal water repellents launched

1974
1974

PROSOCO develops effective cleaners for sensitive substrates

PROSOCO develops effective cleaners for U.S. Northeast’s heavily soiled yet sensitive limestone, travertine and marble architecture.

1977
1977

Jerry Boyer cleans King Kong’s “blood”

Jerry Boyer cleans King Kong’s “blood”

After production ends on the 1977 remake of the film “King Kong,” a substance used to create King Kong’s “blood” pooled on the World Trade Center at the base of the twin towers. Jerry Boyer found a way to clean it off.

1981
1981

NYC’s Grand Central Station restored

NYC’s Grand Central Station restored

PROSOCO products help restore the exterior of Grand Central Station in New York City. Subsequent cleanings included the station’s interior. This was the first of four times PROSOCO products cleaned the iconic building.

1982
1982

Conservare products launched

1983
1983

Breathable Masonry Coatings launch

1983

U.S. Capitol restoration

U.S. Capitol restoration

Several PROSOCO products, including paint strippers, coatings and consolidation treatments, are used on the U.S. Capitol. Work continued through late 1984.

1990
1990

Ellis Island National Landmark restoration

Ellis Island National Landmark restoration

Ellis Island national landmark in New York is restored inside and out with PROSOCO products.

1994
1994

Restoration of the Library of Congress

Restoration of the Library of Congress

An interior restoration cleaning of Washington, D.C.’s Library of Congress is completed with PROSOCO products.

1995
1995

Empire State Building cleaned

Empire State Building cleaned

PROSOCO products clean the limestone exterior of the first six stories of the Empire State Building in New York City.

1997
1997

Kansas City’s Union Station restored

Kansas City’s Union Station restored

The second-biggest train station in the U.S., Kansas City’s Union Station, gets a restoration cleaning inside and out with PROSOCO products.

1998
1998

PROSOCO breaks ground in Lawrence, Kan.

PROSOCO breaks ground on its new production and warehouse facility and corporate headquarters in Lawrence, Kan. The company previously operated out of a smaller facility in Kansas City, Kan.

1999
1999

PROSOCO moves into new Lawrence facility

PROSOCO moves into new Lawrence facility
2001
2001

Post-9/11 cleanup of Pentagon, lower Manhattan

Post-9/11 cleanup of Pentagon, lower Manhattan

PROSOCO developed a specialty cleaner and process to remove extensive smoke damage from the Pentagon after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. PROSOCO also donated products to assist with building clean-up in lower Manhattan.

2002
2002

PROSOCO expands production

PROSOCO expands its production and warehouse facilities in Lawrence to keep up with growing demand.

2004
2004

Walt Disney Concert Hall cleaned

Walt Disney Concert Hall cleaned

Travertine walls at Los Angeles’ brand-new Walt Disney Concert Hall receive water and graffiti repellency courtesy of Natural Stone Treatment and Defacer Eraser SC-1 Sacrificial Treatment.

2005
2005

Basketball mecca restored

Basketball mecca restored

PROSOCO restoration products clean the exterior of historic Allen Fieldhouse, home of Jayhawk basketball, at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

2005

Lithium-silicate Consolideck products are unveiled

Lithium-silicate Consolideck products are unveiled

Products to harden and densify finished concrete floors are launched under the sub-brand Consolideck. These hardener/densifiers feature a new, more effective chemistry called lithium-silicate.

2006
2006

R-Guard transforms the air barrier industry

R-Guard transforms the air barrier industry

A new fluid-applied option for air barriers is born when PROSOCO introduces its R-Guard air & water-resistive barrier products.

2010
2010

R-Guard products reformulated with improved technology

R-Guard products reformulated with improved technology

In partnership with BEI, PROSOCO introduces a new line of extreme-performance R-Guard air and water-resistive barrier products, tested and proven under Category 5 hurricane conditions.

2012
2012

R-Guard products become Red List-compliant

R-Guard products become Red List-compliant

PROSOCO alters its line of R-Guard air and water barriers to be Red List-compliant. R-Guard products are used on the Bullitt Center, the “world’s greenest commercial building.”

2013
2013

Bullitt Center officially opens

Bullitt Center officially opens

The Bullitt Center, a certified Living Building in Seattle, opens on Earth Day, April 22, 2013.

2016
2016

PROSOCO’s FastFlash becomes part of the DensElement Wall System

PROSOCO’s FastFlash becomes part of the DensElement Wall System

PROSOCO enters a collaboration with Georgia-Pacific to develop the DensElement Wall System.

2016

FastFlash joins CavityComplete wall system

FastFlash joins CavityComplete wall system

PROSOCO enters a collaboration with Owens Corning to include FastFlash in its CavityComplete wall system.

2019
2019

PROSOCO acquires Construction Tie Products

PROSOCO acquires Construction Tie Products

The acquisition rounds out PROSOCO’s suite of products for building retrofits with the addition of masonry ties and anchors to stabilize existing masonry buildings.

2019

PROSOCO celebrates 80 years

PROSOCO celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2019

The Process Solvent Company originally was based in Kansas City, Kansas

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