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Husky Portable Containment
www.huskyportable.com / HQ: Bartlesville, Okla. / Employees: 23 / Jay Claeys, owner: "We're
proud of how we've grown and how everyone here has handled that growth."

Midwest

its newest product, the Pro500, a folding frame tank liner with four bladders on its sides. When deployed, the
bladders will add approximately 500
additional gallons of capacity to the
tank. The patent-pending tank design was unveiled during the 2015 Fire
Department Instructor Conference
(FDIC) and Exposition in Indianapolis. "People were asking for a tank they
could get more capacity from," Claeys
says. "Since we introduced this tank,
people have really loved it, and we've
been selling it well."

Steady Growth

husky's new pro500 is a folding
frame tank liner that has
500-gallon bladders to add
capacity when needed.

Leading the Pack

unique designs, quality and a focus on service
define husky portable containment. by jim harris
When Husky Portable Containment started manufacturing portable
water tanks in 2005, there was almost
no major product innovation taking
place in that market. "The design of
folding frame tanks was basically the
same for 45-plus years," says company
founder Jay Claeys, who co-owns the
company with his wife, Pam.
This changed with the introduction
of Husky's Easy Lift handle system,
first developed by Claeys after the
company's founding and patented in
2014. Husky's portable tanks feature
heavy-duty handles welded to their
floors in a zigzag pattern, making
them easier to fold and remove standing water from. "This design is really
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what got us going, and is something no
one thought of before," Claeys says.
"We've never sold a folding frame
tank without it."
Claeys, who before starting Husky worked as a designer and plant
manager for another manufacturing
company, has introduced several other innovations to the market. These
include the patent-pending Leading
Edge tank, a multi-purpose folding
storage tank that features a hinge that
allows it to be deployed at two different sizes. "Users have the ability to
break the tank down to a narrower
dimension so it can be used on narrow
lane rural roads," he adds.
The company last year introduced

Husky Portable has attended the
FDIC conference every year since
2006 to reach the firefighting market,
its original and largest client base. The
portable tanks offered by the company
are used largely by fire departments in
rural areas to shuttle and store water
back in forth in lieu of fire hydrants.
Husky's tanks are available through a
network of more than 100 dealers in
North America.
In addition to folding water storage
tank products, Husky Portable manufactures a line of environmental fluid
containment products such as spill
berms, decontamination pools and
bladder tanks. Applications for the
company's products include industrial uses as water storage on oil and
gas exploration sites engaging in hydraulic fracturing, and in military uses
for water and fuel storage on military
bases. The company's products range
in size from one-gallon bladders to
100,000-gallon storage tanks.
Husky manufactures its products in
a 20,000-square-foot facility in Bartlesville, Okla. The company moved
into the facility in July 2014 after previously working in a smaller space.
"Moving into this facility is a big deal
for us; having this new space allows us


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