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covers and floating curtains. The company
produces a range of geomembranes for
these applications, including CoolPro® and
CoolGuard® polypropylene-coated fabrics,
and produces textiles that incorporate
Teflon®, Kevlar® and other materials to
increase durability and performance.
Other, more critical storage products
include tanks used to store and transport
jet fuel or other volatile compounds.
"Our expertise comes from the fact
that we are vertically integrated and
can produce an incredibly wide range of
products. Depending on the customer's
need, we can tweak existing designs
or create new ones. We are constantly
building on our own expertise to keep
ahead of the curve," says Ray Peebles,
environmental field sales engineer at
Cooley. The company is developing
materials that are not just strong, but
safe-a matter of key importance in
products that are designed for water
storage and containment. "The materials
we use must resist water as well as protect
it, which means barriers must be made
from substrates that don't leach BPA and
other contaminates," says Peebles.

AmCraft's industrial curtain walls are used to divide large storage areas,
such as in warehouses or dock areas. Photo: AmCraft Manufacturing Inc.

THE EVOLUTION OF TRUCK COVERING

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ntario, Canada-based Load Covering Solutions (LCS) has
been in the business for four decades, providing tarpaulinstyle covers for flat-bed trailers. LCS customers include the U.S.
military, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NASA and FEMA.The company
has observed the shipping industry closely, from the rise of the
CB radio craze of the 1970s to today's e-commerce economy.
"Over the last 40 years, shippers have seen increasing demand
to protect their outbound freight on open-deck trailers, while
receivers are demanding their shipments arrive in pristine
condition, clean, dry and damage-free from environmental
debris, like stone chips," says Brian Petelka, LCS president. He
chronicles the evolution of shipping materials over the decades:

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1960s
"Back in the '60s and
prior, covering loads
was all simple ground
tarps, manually placed
over the loads, which
took lots of time,
physical ability and
driver stamina. Even
then tarps only semiprotected a load."

1970s
"Starting in the mid-'70s
the industry transitioned
to convertible post,
panels, arched bows
and tailored fitted tarps
known as 'side kits,'
which were quick and
easy to assemble
and install."



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