www.mybaycity.com May 17, 2011
Rotary Article 5932

Eovations Brings New Product Manufacturing To Area

Application of Dow Technology Shows Great Promise for Bay City Venture

May 17, 2011
By: Stephen Kent



Claude Brown shows product
Claude Brown, President of Eovations, LLC, spoke to Rotary about the new company's products, vision and plans. Located in the Marquette Industrial Park, the firm will develop and manufacture what many would call an artificial wood.

The objective is to exploit an innovative, trademarked technology called Eotek which deals with extrusion and a plastics technique called orientation. The technology lends itself to a number of applications, some of which the firm will directly to market and others it will license.

The simplest description of Eovations work is "making synthetic wood". The product looks and works like wood but with many superior qualities. Like wood, it is 100% fiberized or stranded, which makes it "incredibly tough" with the ability to last a very long time with no environmental degradation.

The product is sometimes compared to synthetic decking, but Eovations makes an entirely different material. The eotek product is made from a very common and cheap polymer and "little rocks". The strands are grown in place, not created chemically. The technology typically makes boards, but can make almost any shape.

Eotek boards contain 30% open space between strands making them lighter than than pressure treated wood, but stronger. Much like steel, the product will bend but won't break. It has no catastrophic failure mode. Eotek siding can withstand hurricane force winds without additional structural components.

Eovation is targeting several applications including exterior siding, fencing and decking. In the decking application the product can be used for structural elements as well as the deck surface.

Eovations located in Bay City for a number of reasons. An early investor and advisor is Bay City's McKinley Group, which provided counseling and the knowledge of how to spin a technology out of Dow.

Bay City provides access to talent in the marketplace as well as talent at Dow. Access to local colleges and universities was also crucial.

The active involvement of Bay Future, which provided expertise from outside Dow, and the support of the city was essential to getting the venture off the ground. Bay Future also helped facilitate a state grant.

Eovations found a ready to use facility in the Marquette Industrial Park, "one of the two best industrial parks we looked at", according to Brown. The company located in the old Thompson Bay building, which "was ideally suited for their application". The installed mechanicals there saved close to a million dollars in start up cost.

Eovations Started in November and was operational 13 weeks later.


CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS

Be sure to see the April District Dispatch. Click here to link to the PDF.



Leo Najar by Andy Rogers
The club bids a sad farewell to Leo Najar who passed away suddenly last week. Leo was a treasure to the community and the club and will be sorely missed. His musical accompaniments and flourishes at our meetings were always fun. His "Rotary Choir" at the fireworks Festival was an experience. He was a showman, an artist, a creator, an educator, and a good friend to all. See MyBayCity.com Obit

COMMUNITY GRANTS PRESENTED: Kelly Frick presented Community Grants checks to two organizations. The Literacy Council of Bay County received $1,000 toward a free summer tutoring program aimed at young students who are behind in math and reading skills. The check was received by Kathy Rayner who spoke about the work of the Council.

A check for $1,500 was presented to the Community Foundation's Rail Trail and River Walk Committee. Rotarian Sita Compton received the check for the committee. The funds will be used toward replacing old, and installing new map signs along the rail trail.

NEW MEMBERS: Welcome to returning Rotarian Lynn Weaver who has rejoined the club after a couple of years off. Lynn is now with the Anderson Financial Group of Hilliard Lyons. And welcome to new Rotarian Tricia Coonan, sales manager at the Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center.

The GSE Team From Afghanistan is scheduled to arrive May 28. The club is still in need housing for our guests from May 28 through Memorial Day. The number of team members is not certain but it should be from 3 to 5 people.

Rotary International Convention Dispatch from Dee Dee:
" Hi am at Rotary convention jazz blaring in the background. wow this is almost too much to take in I am on overload!! Am picking up many ideas from other people and clubs. Reinforces my respect for Rotary. I may never be the same. Be prepared for a big report from me when I return. Love to all!! DD? "

The annual club Golf Outing is coming up fast. June 27 is just a few short weeks away. The Helicopter Golf Ball Drop will be featured again. Of the 130 golf outings in the area this year, Rotary's may be the most colorful as everyone is encouraged to dress as his or her favorite golfer, current or historic. Prizes will be given to the best looking team! Remember that you can sponsor your own cart this year. Get your company name displayed on your cart for $50.

MEMBER PHOTOS: If you missed the opportunity to have Anne Trahan take a new picture for the Rotary Directory, don't fret. Give her a call or see her at the meeting to work out a sitting. The directory picture is free. Retouched digital photos and portraits for your own use are available for a small charge.


Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at RotaryBayCity.org )

May 24, 2011: Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance. Terry Moore, President/CEO, will speak.

May 31, 2011: Afghan GSE Team is scheduled to speak as their visit begins.

June 7, 2011: YMCA Chuck Brooks will update the club on the construction of the new Family Y.

June 21, 2011: Youth Exchange Joshua Hales (son of Andrea) will talk about his upcoming year abroad.



DATES TO REMEMBER


Saturday, May 28, 2011: GSE Team from Club Afghanistan arrives. They will speak to the club on May 31.

Monday, June 27, 2011: Club Golf Outing.




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