Elastec’s American Marine division was featured in an article in the July issue of International Dredging Review. The following is an excerpt from the article.
American Marine, a new company to help control water pollution, was formed by the late Jim Pearce in Cocoa, Florida, in 1967. Pearce, a highly decorated World War II U.S. fighter ace-turned-test pilot, was also the inventor of the first oil containment boom, fireboom and turbidity curtain (and the first person to break the sound barrier flying an F-86).
In his autobiography, “A 20th Century Guy,” Pearce wrote, “A longtime associate and I joined forces, and with the assistance of my son, Jeff, and a couple of kids from the neighborhood, we formed American Marine, Inc.,” he wrote. The plan was to build Hull Guards, a device used to help small boat owners keep the bottom of their vessels free of barnacles—at a reasonable cost…… Read a PDF of the full article.