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September 15, 2016

ELASTEC was featured in the August 2016 edition of Marine News.

Elastec in Marine News - August 2016

July 27, 2016

ELASTEC Brute Boom installed in San Antonio

Elastec was recently in Texas installing Brute Boom to help control floating trash and debris on the San Antonio River. Learn more about Brute Boom.

June 13, 2016

Omni Cat helping Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful

Omni Cat Trash Skimmer Boat

Jan Hoven of Elastec was on hand with the Omni Cat to help Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful during their World Oceans Day Cleanup event.

May 17, 2016

ELASTEC X150 Oil Skimmer featured on BBC

BBC Horizons - Elastec Excerpt from Elastec on Vimeo.

This past weekend, Elastec and our X150 Skimmer Launching System were featured on BBC Horizons (British Broadcasting Corporation).

April 6, 2016

Cuban Embassy

Elastec continues to build relationship with Cuba

The relationship between Elastec and Cuba is building in a mutual environmentally responsible effort for Cuba to be prepared with oil spill recovery equipment in the event an incident happens in our shared waters.

Shon Mosier, vice president of Elastec, visited the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C. this week.

March 9, 2016

Specialty Fabrics Review Article

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Elastec featured in Specialty Fabrics Review article

Elastec's turbidity curtains were recently featured in Specialty Fabrics Review. The article details the use of Elastec Ruffwater Type III Screen in a project near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

February 24, 2016

Elastec Operation WET water donation for Flint, MI

Elastec and Norris Trucking employees pose with banners.(Pictured above) Gene Foreman, Linda Henning, Randy Morris, Steve Price, Chris Sexton, Jon Ballard, Ardon Smith, Shon Mosier, Mark Hillyard, Bill Brown, Ruth McAllister, Kyle Rogers, Glenn Coleman, Keith Jackson, Jeff Bohleber, and Carl Crocker

Elastec Operation W.E.T. loads water for delivery to Flint

Elastec’s Operation W.E.T (Water Express Transport) began loading two Norris Trucking semi-trailers with water headed to Flint, Michigan. Flint’s water supply was contaminated with lead, and its citizens have been reliant on bottled water and filters.

Many communities, individuals and groups, such as the City of Cocoa, Florida, City of Carmi, Huck's, Wayne County 4-H, and Crossroads Bible Church to name a few, have been hard at work collecting and donating water. Ruth McAllister, Elastec’s shipping manager, said that the program had collected 3,060 cases of water amounting to 77,022 individual bottles. The water was loaded today and Gene Foreman and Carl Crocker of Norris Trucking in Waltonville, Illinois began the 8-10 hour journey to deliver it Flint. WEHT news from Evansville, Indiana was on hand to conduct interviews and document the water being loaded. Elastec would like to thank everyone who has contributed their time and water to make this project a success.

February 11, 2016

Elastec donates water to Flint, Michigan

Elastec's Cocoa, Fla. facility donates to Flint, Mich.

Elastec's Cocoa, Florida facility sent water they collected for the City of Flint. Representatives from the City of Cocoa and local media were on hand for the event. Elastec is collecting water through February 12, 2016 as part of it's Operation W.E.T. water drive to help the people of Flint, Michigan.

For more information, visit Operation W.E.T.

February 10, 2016

Mayor Jeff Pollard of Carmi presents a check to Ruth McAllister of Elastec

City of Carmi donates $750 to Elastec for Operation W.E.T.

Elastec Shipping Manager Ruth McAllister accepts a $750 check from Carmi Mayor Jeff Pollard for Operation WET for the Flint, Michigan water crisis.
The donation is from the City of Carmi Light & Water Office. The money will be used to purchase cases of water to be shipped to Flint’s Food Bank.
For more information, visit Operation W.E.T.

February 5, 2016

Operation W.E.T., our water drive to help the people of Flint, Mich., was featured in The Navigator

You can view the report by clicking here.

February 2, 2016

Operation W.E.T., our water drive to help the people of Flint, Mich., was featured on Channel 25 WEHT in Evansville, Ind.

You can view the Channel 25 WEHT report by clicking here.

January 15, 2016

ELASTEC Turbidity Curtains featured in an article on Specialty Fabrics Review

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November 12, 2015

ELASTEC Drug Terminator featured in Chicago Tribune article

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October 8, 2015

Elastec's 2015 Oil Spill Workshop was featured in local media

You can view the Channel 14 WFIE report by clicking here.

2015 Elastec Oil Spill Workshop 14 WFIE

You can view the Channel 25 WEHT report by clicking here.

2015 Elastec Oil Spill Workshop 25 WEHT

September 18, 2015

ELASTEC Trash Boats featured on

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September 2, 2015

ELASTEC Turbidity Curtains used in Canada

Owen Sound Turbidity Curtain

ELASTEC Turbidity Curtains were recently used during  a waste water treatment plant upgrade at Owen Sound, Ontario. Some delays occurred due to harsh conditions last winter. The customers were very happy with how the product performed. For more information on ELASTEC Turbidity Curtains visit or stop by booth #5673 at WEFTEC in Chicago, September 26-30, 2015.

September 2, 2015

ELASTEC Trash Boats featured on 44 WEVV

Trash Boat

Elastec makes several products from devices that dispose of medical waste to booms to contain oil after a spill. Now the company is launching a new product created to collect waste and debris from local waterways.

Posted by Heather Good 44News on Monday, August 31, 2015

August 26, 2015

Elastec manufacturing trash boats

Elastec is manufacturing aluminum trash and debris collection boats to assist local governments in their waterway maintenance duties. ELASTEC Trash Boats are designed to skim floating debris from the surface of the water and collect it in a 98 cu ft trash basket.  These boats can help keep communities with a combined sewer system in compliance with the Clean Water Act. Elastec recently sold two custom boats to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago for use in the Chicago River.

August 18, 2015

Elastec Drug Terminator demonstrated for Rockford Police Department

A demonstration of the Drug Terminator was performed Monday, August 17, 2015 at Elastec’s facility in Carmi, IL for Lieutenant Scott Oswald and Sergeant Kristin McLester of the Rockford Police Department. Jeremy Pretzsch, Elastec incinerator sales manager, was on hand to show the advantages of the portable incinerator. Illinois State Representative John Cabello (District 68), also a detective with the Rockford department, recently introduced House Bill 3152: EPA-Drug Destruction Device, to amend the State’s Environmental Protection Act. The bill was passed and went into effect on July 16, affording the Rockford Police Department the ability to use the Drug Terminator. The event was covered by several representatives of the media including television, radio and newspapers.

Eliminating expired or excess legal and illegal drugs by law enforcement agencies with the Drug Terminator is just one more way Elastec is working to keep our world clean. Visit

August 3, 2015

Duane Bennish at StormCon in Austin, Texas

Duane Bennish, Elastec sales manager, will be at StormCon in Austin, Texas this week (Aug. 2 - 5, 2015) exhibiting floating barrier products manufactured at the company’s Cocoa, Florida facility. Floating barriers can be used for a wide range of water protection applications including aquatic weed control, marine construction and dredging. Elastec Type III Ruffwater screen was recently used for a project near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Visit to learn more.

July 22, 2015

Elastec products set to be featured on television show

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June 30, 2015

All-In-One Skimmer Released

Elastec CEO Donnie Wilson has announced the launch of new oil spill recovery technology. The X150 Skimmer Launching System is a seamless oil spill response system with the capability to recover light, medium and some heavy oils in incidents such as the Deepwater Horizon blowout/BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“This system is a turning point in offshore and near shore mechanical oil spill recovery technology. If the X Skimmer Launching System had been available in concert with our fire boom systems in the Gulf Spill in 2010, the oil cleanup operation would have been much faster and more efficient,” Wilson stated.

Successful sea trials of Elastec’s new system were conducted recently in the Gulf of Mexico near Port Fourchon a few miles from where one of the worst oil spill disasters in U.S. history took place five years ago.

The centerpiece of the new launching system is the X150 skimmer, the first commercial model Elastec developed incorporating the company’s patented grooved disc technology that won the first place prize of $1 million in the X Prize Foundation’s global Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge.

The X150 skimmer is a workhorse in recovering extreme volumes of oil. It has a verified nameplate oil recovery rate (ORR) of 660 gallons of oil per minute (150 cu. m per hour) and an oil recovery efficiency (ORE: oil-to-water collection rate) of 87.6 percent.

However, the high volume oil recovery rate of the X150 skimmer is only part of the story.

Jeff Cantrell, Elastec co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer, explained the engineering premise of the X Skimmer Launching System, “With the X150 at its heart, the total system collects, encounters, skims, pumps and transfers the oil to storage in one seamless operation – while being towed at speeds up to three knots or while standing still. It is a well-conceived oil recovery flow-through system for offshore or nearshore operations.”

Easily operated by three people, the launcher does all the heavy lifting by hydraulically telescoping the X150 skimmer from the stern of the vessel into the ocean. Attached to the X150 are two legs of a rugged, single-point, air-inflatable boom to sweep and guide the oil into the mouth of the skimmer. One leg of the boom is attached to the vessel, and the other leg is attached to an ELASTEC BoomVane to hold the boom in a “U” configuration as it is towed behind the vessel. The BoomVane takes the place of a second vessel which saves time and money and also reduces ship-to-ship communication issues.

The self-contained system is wirelessly remote controlled and includes the launcher, the X150 skimmer, boom and reel, BoomVane and power unit. Hydraulic and discharge hoses are built into the sweep boom, eliminating external umbilicals. The complete system fits into a 20-foot (6m) high-cube shipping container for rapid global shipment.

“The turnkey Elastec X Skimmer Launching System is an environmentally intelligent system – truly a game-changer in oil spill response technology,” said Cantrell. “This system should be the cornerstone of any offshore or nearshore response organizations’ environmental cleanup equipment – before the next major oil spill happens.”

For more information on how the ELASTEC X150 Launching System, contact Elastec at 618-382-2525 or visit our website.

June 17, 2015

States considering legislation for incineration of drug takeback programs

Elastec Drug Terminators

The ELASTEC Drug Terminator is a safe, efficient way to dispose of released drug evidence and medication collected during drug take back programs. The portable incinerator is currently used by police departments across the country to keep  drugs off our streets and out of our water supply by reducing them to ash.
Legislation is being considered in California and Illinois that would permit law enforcement agencies to use portable incinerators, such as the ELASTEC Drug Terminator, to dispose of pharmaceuticals collected from community drug takeback programs. Although the Drug Terminator is in compliance with Federal EPA regulations, incineration is almost impossible in some states due to restrictive guidelines for medical waste disposal.
Since the DEA stopped sponsoring drug take back programs in 2014, many local law enforcement agencies have continued to collect unused medicines to keep their cities clean. The ELASTEC Drug Terminator is the most convenient way to destroy the collected drugs. If officers do not destroy the drugs on site, they must take them to a regional incineration facility with an escort, which takes times and costs money in manpower.
For more information on how the ELASTEC Drug Terminator can help with your disposal program, contact Jeremy Pretzsch at 618-382-2525 or visit our website at

June 11, 2015

Ruffwater Screen installed near Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Installation

Elastec Type III Ruffwater Screen was installed June 1 - 2, 2015 near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco, CA. as part of the Crissy Field Drainage Improvement Project. Duane Bennish and Bill Andrus of the Cocoa branch were on site to help with the installation.
There was an existing drainage pipe that extended out into the water, but over time, the beach widened and the pipe was getting sediment in it and becoming blocked. It was difficult to clean out, so the remedy was to extend the outfall back out into the water.
Extension of the pipe will increase drainage capacity, reduce sand build up, and alleviate flooding issues. A “U” shape of curtain encompasses the worksite so that any disturbed sediment will not pollute the surrounding water, wildlife, and marine life. The install was high profile and was monitored by the media, California DOT, and marine biologists. Crissy Field falls under the National Park Service jurisdiction.

June 3, 2015

Two Elastec trash boats christened by MWRD in Chicago

Skim Pickens trash boat

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) christened two new Elastec trash boats on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. A contest to name the boats had been held and the winning names were “Skimmy Dipper” and “Skim Pickens.”
The boats will be used to collect trash and debris in Chicago area waterways from mid-April to mid-October and after significant storms throughout the year.
The MWRD controls 76 miles of navigable waterways, which are part of the inland waterway system connecting the Great Lakes with the Gulf Mexico. The new debris collection boats will provide a vital community service by improving water quality and the recreational experience for thousands of people canoeing, kayaking, boating, and enjoying the waterways.

May 21, 2015

Elastec announces Above & Beyond Award Recipients

Above and Beyond May 2015

Elastec Above & Beyond recipients (left to right) Chris Knight, Chris Vaught, Steve Pearce and Hubie Casteel were recently recognized for assisting other departments in various maintenance and production projects. Dwayne George (not shown) of the company’s Cocoa staff, was honored for helping to fix some safety issues and for coming up with ideas to improve work areas.

April 15, 2015

Elastec promotes Smith to controller

Ardon Smith

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Bohleber announced today that Ardon Smith has been promoted to Controller for Elastec. Smith will be responsible for managing all accounting aspects of the company to assist in making domestic and international economic decisions for the environmental equipment manufacturer.
Smith brings to her new position ten years of accounting and financial management expertise, eight of which were with the Vectren Corporation in Evansville, Ind. A 2005 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, she became a Certified Public Accountant in 2007.

Smith currently resides in Ridgway, Ill. with her husband and two sons. She serves as Trustee of the Village of Ridgway, as well as the Finance Committee Chairman for the Village Board.

March 25, 2015

Successful sea trials at Port Fourchon, La. for Elastec’s X Skimmer Launching System

The most revolutionary turn-key oil spill response system the industry has ever seen will be ready to launch Summer 2015.

February 20, 2015

Introducing 1.5m BoomVane™

The latest tool in our arsenal of oil spill response is the 1.5m ELASTEC BoomVane™. You can DOWNLOAD OUR PRESS RELEASE or VISIT OUR WEB PAGE.

December 29, 2014

A License for Cuba

We are very excited to announce that after a year of working on this project, Elastec/American Marine has acquired a license to export our equipment to Cuba. A local news station came by our office in Carmi to discuss it. You can watch the story on their website.

December 15, 2014

Made in the Tri-State: Elastec

14 NEWS has a web segment called Made In the Tri-State which highlights business in the bordering Illinois / Indiana / Kentucky area. They recently came to our Carmi facilities to learn about what we do!

November 21, 2014

World Pipelines Magazine features Elastec

Above and Beyond

World Pipelines Magazine recently featured an Elastec/American Marine article that discusses the importance of pipeline response, technology and oil spill education. You can download the PDF here.

November 19, 2014

Employees Receive Elastec/American Marine Above and Beyond Awards

Above and Beyond Above and Beyond

Carmi & Fairfield Ill./Cocoa, Fla. - Several employees at the Elastec/American Marine facilities in Carmi and Fairfield, Ill. and Cocoa, Fla. were recognized for their contribution to the company by performing tasks beyond their daily job requirements. Nominations for the Above and Beyond award are made by E/AM employees, customers and vendors and reviewed by a committee for consideration.

Donnie Wilson, E/AM chief executive officer, acknowledged Lynde Hickox, David Oates,
Dave Madding, Chris Magan, Cecil Wilson, Tierre Hutchinson and Bryan Peters for their exceptional performance at recent employee luncheons.

Hickox was instrumental in tracking the details of the fire boom repair process at the Fairfield facility. At the Carmi production plant, Oates assisted in workboat assembly training which was in addition to his responsibilities in the Quality department.

Madding saved the company money by volunteering to perform necessary construction work at the Carmi production facility. Madding completed the construction safely and on time. With the absence of a person in the maintenance department due to illness, Peters is “basically a one-man show.” According to Wilson, “Bryan continues to work long hours to make sure production continues without interruptions at all Illinois facilities.”

In Cocoa, Magan and Wilson volunteered to come in early to set up and cook for employee luncheons and to stay late to clean up. Hutchinson assists in training new metal shop employees because, he explained, “I want the metal shop employees to succeed.” Wilson praised all Elastec/American Marine employees on their dedication to the company’s values and performing their jobs with a positive work ethic.

November 17, 2014

New Drug Terminator Website

Drug Terminator Website

We are excited to launch a new website for the Drug Terminator. Follow the link to learn how law enforcement, military and medical facilities can safely dispose of drugs on site.

October 9, 2014

Elastec/American Marine "Hot Shots" MediBurns to Sierra Leone

MediBurn fights Ebola

Carmi, Ill. - As the U.S. military builds medical centers in west Africa to combat the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, an Elastec/American Marine Ebola task force is expediting a rush order for three ELASTEC MediBurn medical waste incinerators, ordered by the U.S. Army, to Sierra Leone. Jerry Aud and John Ditzel, MediBurn assemblers, Jeremy Pretzsch, sales manager, Rachel Ackerman, shipping agent, Kyle Rogers and Shelby Bachman, shipping department, worked quickly to process the order and to “hot shot” (ship overnight) the portable incinerators to Humble, Texas, where the MediBurns will be transported to Africa.

Pretzsch has been working with the United Nations and now, the U.S. Army, to provide MediBurns for the disposal of Ebola-exposed medical materials. Fueled by diesel, the 220 volt, two-chamber MediBurn is self-contained which means contaminated medical waste can be disposed of and completely burned on-site without transportation of the dangerous waste. The MediBurn’s intense heat assists in stopping the spread of the Ebola virus providing a responsible, complete and affordable means to dispose of exposed materials, reducing the burned material to a small pile of ash.

The MediBurn models requested by the U.S. Army can dispose of up to 8 cubic feet (0.22 cubic meters) of infectious and pathological waste per load with a burn rate of 20 kg per hour. They are simple to operate and require minimal maintenance. The small footprint of the MediBurn, 82 inches (2 meters) by 34 inches (0 .9 meters) by 62 inches (1.6 meters), allows for easy transportation to different locations with minimal effort.

Macer Delivery of Evansville, Indiana was contracted to “hot shot” the MediBurns by truck to Texas.

October 8, 2014

The Test of a Good Skimmer is a Good Test

MediBurn fights Ebola

Since the early 1990s, when the U.S. Coast Guard regulations codifying the Oil Pollution Act 90 came into force, some spill response equipment manufacturers assigned unrealistic Nameplate Capacity ratings to their oil skimmers, loosely based on the ability of an integral pump to move water through the system. (Nameplate Capacity is the number used to represent skimmer performance.)

But knowing how much water a pump can move provides very few clues to how much oil a skimming device might actually be able to recover. Testing to a published American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard, by an independent third party test facility such as Ohmsett in Leonardo, New Jersey, can yield two important performance parameters: Oil Recovery Rate (the amount of oil in the recovery stream) and Oil Recovery Efficiency (oil in the recovery stream as a percentage of total fluid).

Elastec/American Marine has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last decade conducting these tests on our skimmers. We are one of a very small number of spill equipment manufacturers who offer certified, third-party test results. Oil skimmer performance testing like this provides our customers with closer-to-real numbers they can use in response planning. These standards provide a level playing field for comparing one skimmer to another. In Elastec’s quest for optimum oil skimmer recovery rates, we also learn how subtle changes in power settings and floating condition affect performance - something we can share with our customers in our operating manuals and during hands-on training.

But, perhaps most importantly, in a company that strives for improved product performance every day, it gives us a consistent and repeatable basis for measuring our progress.

Contact us today to learn more about Elastec/American Marine's oil skimmer Nameplate Capacities.

August 28, 2014

Elastec/American Marine to Host International Oil Spill Response Workshop in New Harmony, Indiana

Carmi, Ill. & New Harmony, Ind. - Elastec/American Marine will be hosting an international Oil Spill Response Workshop on the campus of the Atheneum in New Harmony, Indiana, September 8 – 11, 2014. Approximately 90 oil spill responders and industry representatives from Angola, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Guyana, India, Nigeria, Suriname, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela will attend the event.

Millions of dollars of oil spill response equipment, thousands of hours of planning and decades of experience will be wrapped into several days of hands-on training and presentations. Seasoned response experts will share lessons learned from some of the most challenging oil spill response operations in the world. Their knowledge of what works (and what doesn’t) will be invaluable to apprentice as well as to experienced responders.

The Oil Spill Workshop will focus on the science and standards of oil spill response technologies and how and where the technologies are best deployed. From inland to offshore incidents, participants will learn: What is the significance of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards and skimmer nameplate capacity testing? What are the advantages of ground-based versus traditional aerial oil spill surveillance? How are BoomVanesTM safely launched and where should they be used? What lessons were learned from the in-situ controlled burn operation in the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon incident? Why is skimmer encounter rate important? What are the best response methods in fast, shallow rivers? Recovery tactics with Elastec/American Marine oil spill response equipment will also be launched in the Wabash River, simulating actual incidents (without the oil).

Donnie Wilson, CEO of Elastec/American Marine commented that, “This gathering of responders from around the world is like a mini-United Nations – it is a unique opportunity to celebrate diverse cultures, exchange oil spill response information and learn from each other. When the workshop comes to a close, our hope is that we have shared a common purpose, in harmony with responders from around the world, to leave a healthier environment for those who will walk in our footprints. This is why the town of New Harmony, Indiana was selected for Elastec/American Marine’s Oil Spill Workshop 2014.” Details of the Oil Spill Workshop can be found at

August 25, 2014

MediBurn on WEHT News

MediBurn fights Ebola

Local news station WEHT ran a great story concerning our MediBurn incinerators and how they can play a role in righting the Ebola outbreak.

Click here to view video.

August 15, 2014

MediBurn and Ebola


Carmi, Ill. – Elastec/American Marine Sales Manager Jeremy Pretzsch has been busy fielding inquiries about MediBurn, a portable medical waste incinerator, as a weapon in the fight to help curb the spread of Ebola. Pretzsch recently discussed the advantages of MediBurn with a United Nations representative regarding the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria.

Environmentally safe, compact, portable, and simple to use, MediBurn is a diesel-fueled incinerator for the disposal of infectious and pathological waste in remote locations. It is a practical and affordable solution for hospitals and clinics in developing countries around the world. MediBurn is even being used to destroy illicit drugs and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) to prevent their entry into wastewater streams.

Brett Lee, divisional manager of Bulbeck EnviroSolutions, an Elastec/American Marine dealer in Australia, has found an eager market among the widespread islands of the South Pacific as it is impractical, dangerous and expensive to transport medical waste for extended distances. There are between 20,000 and 30,000 islands in the South Pacific, often separated by hundreds or thousands of miles. “It’s not practical to transport waste for those distances,” Lee explained.

Pretzsch said Elastec was very careful to make this unit very easy to use and very easy to maintain. The ELASTEC MediBurn is designed to last, but if a component fails, repairs are so simple that a local technician can generally take care of the problem with tech-support from Elastec, if required. This is another advantage in remote areas. Elastec has manufactured over 600 MediBurns since their inception, and they are in use on every continent except Antarctica – and Elastec is not sure about that exception. Military services from several countries have purchased units, as well as other governmental agencies, Doctors Without Borders, police departments, healthcare facilities, corporations, even an order of Roman Catholic nuns. Pretzsch is hopeful that the United Nations and others close to the Ebola situation will consider incorporating ELASTEC MediBurns in their medical waste disposal plans.

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July 31, 2014

ELASTEC PACS 1000: Versatile, Reliable


Carmi, Ill. - Bob McKeown really likes the Elastec/American Marine Portable Air Conveyance System 1000 gallon vacuum trailer. His Keystone Gas Solutions LLC provides a wide range of services to Marcellus Shale customers. Their base in Perryopolis, Pa. has five ELASTEC PACS machines. He listed the advantages of the vacuum trailers (which also feature a pressure washer and 135-gallon freshwater saddle tank) in an interview with Ken Wysocky of Gas & Oil Mining Contractor magazine.

Each of his ELASTEC PACS units can generate up to 424 cfm of vacuum power, capable of picking up liquids and many solids. Because it also features a pressure washer (capable of producing 3 ½ gpm at 1,200 psi), it eliminates the need for a second vehicle. The ELASTEC PACS 1000 is compact, relatively lightweight, very maneuverable and towable with a civilian pickup, eliminating the need for a special driving license. It has a large rear door and tilt bed. Best of all, it’s reliable. His ELASTEC PACS units are real workhorses that perform well, often in difficult environments and terrain, he told the magazine. “They work.”

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July 23, 2014

Elastec/American Marine Equipment in Ecuador

Carmi, Ill - Quality and dependability made all the difference when the state oil company of Ecuador decided recently to purchase Elastec/American Marine oil spill response equipment. PetroEcuador recently acquired two ELASTEC TDS136G grooved drum skimmers, two ELASTEC SeaSkater weir skimmers, a PACS1000-770, two ELASTEC BoomVane™ units, 60 sections of oil containment boom and ten QuickTanks. The oil spill response equipment will be used at PetroEcuador’s Esmeraldas facility, the country’s largest and most important refinery. Elastec skimmers have been in service there for over six years, and that track record, Elastec’s grooved drum technology and the unique capabilities of the ELASTEC PACS unit convinced PetroEcuador executives that they would be best served by Elastec/American Marine equipment.


Felipe LaRotta of Kolda Corporation, Elastec/American Marine’s Texas-based agent, coordinated the project. (Press Release)

June 19, 2014

CEO Donnie Wilson testified before the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee on the importance of incentives to spur innovation and technology.

May 7th, 2013

Elastec/American Marine recently participated in an oil spill exercise day in Evansville, Indiana. The Southern has an article on their website about the event. (Website | Local PDF)

April 17, 2013

We are featured in Marine News magazine. The story covers grooved disc skimmers, fire boom, and spill response scenarios. - (Marine News Website)

February 18th, 2012

The Journal of Ocean Technology ran an article about our X150 Grooved Disc Skimmer - (Local PDF)

November 20th, 2012

One of our earliest employees retired a couple of weeks ago. Carmi Times ran a nice story about her history with Elastec/American Marine. - (Story | Local PDF)

November 14th, 2012

The Bowling Green Daily News in Kentucky has a story about a Drug Terminator purchased by the Kentucky State Police to be used in drug take-back programs. - (Story | Local PDF)

November 9th, 2012

Evansville Courier & Press ran a story about the recent world record we set with our fire boom system.
(Local PDF)

November 5th, 2012

WSIL TV came to our facility to do a story about equipment we are sending to help in the Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts. - (Local PDF)

October 14th, 2012

Peter Cheney, who represents Elastec in Europe from his base in Estonia, accepted the Nafta Gaz Grand Prix Award at Oil & Gas Warsaw 2012, an industry conference and exhibition held recently in Poland's capital city. - (Local PDF)

October 1st, 2012

Popular Mechanics magazine released their annual list of 10 World-Changing Innovators for 2012. Among the list was our Grooved Disc Skimmer technology that received first place in the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE.

After the ceremony, Elastec/American Marine CEO Donnie Wilson partook in a discussion panel about our Grooved Disc Technology. - (Story | Local PDF)

September 20, 2012

During the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, our Fire Boom systems were the most effective tool of oil removal from the water. We even set a world record for Longest Continuous Burn of Oil Spill with a time of 11 hours 48 minutes.

September 17th, 2012

The Southern came to our Carmi facility to do a story on us and our history. - (Story | Local PDF)

September 4, 2012

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin visited our Fairfield, Illinois facility recently. A few local news agencies covered the event.
TheSouthern - (Story | Local PDF)
Evansville Courier & Press - (Local PDF)

July 26, 2012

There are a few stories today about a drug take back program in Forsyth County (Georgia) Sheriff's department using a Drug Terminator. You can view the sites here and here. Or you can download local pdf versions. (Local PDF)

July 24, 2012

The Economic Times has a story about an X Prize competition in India. Members of our Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE team were interviewed for the story about their thoughts on the matter. (Local PDF - 5.6 MB)

June 28, 2012

A couple of our engineers were interviewed by Rubber & Plastic News about our boom production. (Local PDF)

June 27, 2012

We recently tested our X150 at Ohmsett and there is a write up about it in the latest issue of the Ohmsett Gazette. (Local PDF - 3.5 MB)

June 1, 2012

Stories about our Fast Response Workboats are starting to circulate. Here is a story from WFIE 14 News. (Local PDF)

May 14, 2012

CNN Money visited our Illinois facilities a few weeks ago. They've posted a video on their website discussing our role in the 2010 Gulf spill. We've also uploaded a local version.