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      Spotlight on Innovation: EarthClean

      Posted on October 19, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      This is part of a series, “Spotlight on Innovation,” featuring companies who will have exhibits in Innovation Hall at the Governor’s Job Summit next week. 

      EarthClean is a Minnesota-based innovator in the field of delivering more effective, environmentally friendly, fire suppressant products.  EarthClean prides itself on building an international company with a goal “to change the way the world fights fires.” 

      There has been growing concern over the toxicity of existing firefighting foams and how they can be harmful to fish, mammals, plants and the watershed.  EarthClean’s first product, TetraKO, is a direct response to this concern. 

      Unlike all other products in its category, TetraKO employs a patented formula that provides an incredibly effective fire suppressant when mixed with water.  This technology transforms water into a gel that can be pumped through standard firefighting equipment and adheres to structures and vegetation creating a fire suppression coating. Once the gel is heated by fire, TetraKO converts to a steam that quickly suffocates the fire.  EarthClean hopes that TetraKO will have a significant impact in reducing fire damage, loss of lives, water damages and loss of wildlife, while providing better protection to fire fighters and to the environment.

      During Governor Dayton’s Trade Mission to Korea, Doug Ruth, CEO and Founder of EarthClean, signed an agreement with SAM JOO S.M.C Co., Ltd., a clean technology and industrial coatings company based in Seoul, South Korea.  Ruth said, “It is with support from Gov. Dayton and the trade mission that we’ve been able to sign our first international distributor agreement and further our connections into the Korean government… This is an exciting and very important event for EarthClean.” 

      Earthclean will be presenting at the Innovation Hall of the Governor’s Job Summit at the St. Paul Crowne Plaza on October 25. The company’s innovative approach to a well established industry is the sort of new thinking that we need to foster as we get Minnesota working again.