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BEHIND THE FOAM
THE INSULATION MAN,
at Dundon, the president of Dundon
Insulation, Inc. dba The Insulation
Man, became involved in the sprayfoam
business the first time he saw a presentation of open-cell foam. Based in New
York, he has grown from a two-man
team to a team of 11, and is constantly
working to help the industry's growth.
This is his story...
How did you get into the business?
I had a haircut. Now there is a story!
I ran tugboats in NYC in the '80s,
initially a squid granted the position of
mate on account of the union representative thinking my dad was someone he
ain't. I survived to become a captain.
Five years in I was asked how my dad
was. That was when I found out the
union guy thought the head dockingmaster for MacAllister towing was my
dad. Ten years in there was a strike and
I lost that opportunity forever. There I
was, 30 years old, a pregnant wife and
2-year-old, and no job for 18 months.
I went in one day for a haircut from a
barber who doubled selling real estate.
And told him I thought I might buy a
business. Two weeks later I owned
it. How could I have known $27,000
in gross sales annually, a 10-year-old
truck, and a Hughes Probeye a business
did not make. No business experience
or education, no building experience, no
insulation experience. Determination,
dedication, stubbornness and stupidity
combined to make 24 years fly by.
Who has helped contribute to the
lasting success of your company,
There are too many to mention them
all. My grandfather talked me into getting a computer so I could better organize my accounting. Man, I miss him. Jim
Anderson from Foam Enterprises (now
BASF) was a huge help, first by converting me to closed cell, then by having
answers when I asked and documentation when my clients' asked.
I have used foam from several manufacturers over the years, and the thing
these guys all have in common is a
desire to explain the good and bad of
their materials and make every effort to
let us know what the limits are.
Also, thanks go out to Mason Knowles,
Mac Sheldon and Roger Morrison for trying to keep us all informed.
How did you end up in sprayfoam?
In '91 I was invited to see a demonstration of open cell being installed in
Delhi, N.Y. WAY COOL. Bought my first
rig a year later. I had 80 percent of the
new housing starts in Broome County
use foam in 1994. But, there were only
five starts that year.
In '91 I was invited to see a
demonstration of open cell being
installed in Delhi, N.Y. WAY COOL. Bought
my first rig a year later. "
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SPRAYFOAM Professional - Spring 2014
Executive Director’s Corner – by Kurt Riesenberg Our Place on the Timeline
President’s Post – by Bob Duke Foam in the Forefront
Foam Business News
Legislative Update – the Regulatory Avalanche
Are You Doing Something Stupid?
How Did I Make It Through Life Without This APP?
Respirators: Know Them. Use Them.
Operating Your Business Effectively: Legal Considerations and Managing Your Risk
Speaking Sensibly – by Mason Knowles Inspection of SPF Building Envelope Applications
Behind the Foam – the Insulation Man, Patrick Dundon
ABAA News – Key Code Requirements for Air Barriers
Calendar of Events
Ask the Expert
Index of Advertisers / Advertisers.com
SPRAYFOAM Professional - Spring 2014