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1st of October, 2014 

40 Years of Slope Surface Stabilization Evolution

40 Years of Slope Surface Stabilization Evolution


29th of August, 2013 

Innovation: Are Your Stormwater and Erosion Control Specs up to the Task? The Challenge of Understanding Products and Techniques - 9/26/13 Seminar to be Hosted by American Excelsior Company

American Excelsior Company will be hosting the North American Stormwater & Erosion Control Association's (NASECA's) fall seminar.  The theme for this year's 9/26/13 event is "Innovation: Are Your Stormwater and Erosion Control Specs up to the Task?  The Challenge of Understanding Products and Techniques."  Morning class room sessions will be followed by hands on demonstrations at American Excelsior Company's ErosionLab® in Rice Lake, WI.  More information on the seminar is available from NASECA at: http://www.nasecawi.org/wp-content/uploads/NASECA-WI_RiceLake_Sept.26_Flyer.RegForm_final.pdf

 


18th of January, 2013 

Celebrating 125 Years of Business Success

American Excelsior Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Arlington, TX – American Excelsior Company is entering their 125th year of business success, which is a milestone for any company. While there may be other companies out there that have 125 years of history, not many that can say that they are still making one of the same products they did 125 years ago. In the case of American Excelsior Company, that product is “excelsior.”

Many people may not know what excelsior is, but there is a good chance they have seen it. Excelsior is long, stranded wood fibers and is often referred to as “wood wool.” Excelsior has many uses around the globe, but it is most known for its uses in packaging as a protective cushioning, erosion control blankets to help protect soil, display uses such as fruit baskets, evaporative cooling as a cooling pad, ceiling or wall boards and many uses in filtration and other specialty applications.

Back in the early days of excelsior, the product was also used as a cushioning material inside furniture and even mattresses. However, when flexible foams came into being in the 1950’s, the new plastic material started replacing excelsior in furniture and mattresses. Seeing the opportunity this new product presented, American Excelsior became one of the first fabricators in the country of flexible foams, and today American Excelsior is not only the largest producer of excelsior in the country, they are also one of the largest flexible foam fabricators/molders in the country.

American Excelsior Company is also an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) company making them an employee owned company, which is something that the company proudly represents to their associates and to their customers.

The Company has a number of activities planned throughout the year to celebrate their 125th anniversary, and they started off by giving each and every associate an embroidered jacket bearing a special logo created for the occasion.

Terry Sadowski, President and CEO, said, “I am proud to be associated with American Excelsior Company and all of the associates that make this great company what it is today. When you look back over the many years of successful history the company has enjoyed, the success was driven by people and their dedication to the company they worked for and owned. We are known in the industry as a company that is ethical, honest, and one that values their associate owners, who are our greatest resource. I couldn’t agree more, I am proud of our entire team and I am honored to hold the position of President and CEO at this very special time in the company’s history.”

To learn more about American Excelsior Company or their products, visit:

www.AmericanExcelsior.com or contact:

 

Ken Starrett – Vice President of Sales and Marketing

850 Ave H East

Arlington, Texas 76011

(817) 777-7645

kstarrett@americanexelsior.com

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3rd of May, 2012 

American Excelsior Company Announces New Curlex? Blocs

American Excelsior Company recently introduced a new high density rectangular log product for use in shoreline applications and other areas where sediment and erosion concerns exist that warrant a damming product. Curlex Blocs replace foreign made products such as coir.

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3rd of June, 2011 

Curlex Features and Benefits

Did you ever wonder why Curlex® is so popular?  If so, find out by viewing our Curlex Features and Benefits document.  Remember, there is only one Curlex.  Accept no imitations.


18th of February, 2011 

American Excelsior Company Announces New Bindex? Family of Hydraulic Mulches Product Line

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12th of December, 2007 

Benefits of Curlex in buffering soil temperature extremes, providing soil moisture, fostering higher microbial levels, and other parameters quantified in desert study by Gestel et. al.

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28th of November, 2007 

New ASTM Soil and Rock Standard Provides Test for Rolled Erosion Control Products

For Immediate Release                  Press Contact: Barbara Schindler
Release #7816                               610/832-9603; bschindl@astm.org

New ASTM Soil and Rock Standard Provides Test for Rolled Erosion Control Products
W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 28 November 2007—A new ASTM International standard, D 7322, Test Method for Determination of Rolled Erosion Control Product (RECP) Ability to Encourage Seed Germination and Plant Growth Under Bench-Scale Conditions, covers guidelines, requirements and procedures for evaluating the effect of RECPs on seed germination and vegetation enhancement. The standard was developed by Subcommittee D18.25 on Erosion and Sediment Control Technology, part of ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock.
           
Rolled erosion control products are materials manufactured or fabricated into roll forms that are designed to reduce soil erosion and assist in the germination, establishment or protection of vegetation. According to Kurt Kelsey, chair of two task groups within Subcommittee D18.25 and director of technical services, American Excelsior Company, a need existed for a standard that could be followed to replicate similar test conditions for monitoring the ability of RECPs to encourage seed germination and plant growth conditions. “D 7322 is based on bench-scale conditions that can be easily replicated in a controlled laboratory setting,” says Kelsey.
           
Manufacturers of RECPs, as well as government agencies that use them, including state departments of transportation as well as the National Transportation Product Evaluation Program, are the most likely users of the standard, according to Kelsey. Kelsey also says, “End users of RECPs still need to monitor soil fertility and seed mixture selection for each job site because the results of the standard are based on controlled laboratory conditions on a bench-scale level.”
           
Kelsey encourages interested parties to join the subcommittee, which is currently at work on several proposed standards. “It would be helpful if more members could attend the meetings because that is where a majority of the potential issues regarding proposed standards can be resolved with the help of the entire group,” says Kelsey.
           
ASTM International standards are available for purchase from Customer Service (phone: 610/832-9585; service@astm.org) or at www.astm.org.  For further technical information, contact Kurt Kelsey, American Excelsior Company, Rice Lake, Wis. (phone: 715/234-6861; kkelsey@erosionlab.com). Committee D18 meets Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2008, at the January committee week in Tampa, Fla. For membership or meeting information, contact Robert Morgan, Technical Committee Operations, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9732; rmorgan@astm.org).
Committee D18 is one of 138 ASTM technical standards-writing committees. Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems, and commercial transactions around the globe.

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21st of September, 2007 

AEC Announces New E-Stapler Application System for E-Staples

For Immediate Release
Date:      September 21, 2007
Contact: Customer Service
                American Excelsior Company
                850 Avenue H East
                Arlington, Texas 76011
               800-777-SOIL or sales@americanexcelsior.com
               
Introducing E-Stapler  
 
A New and Improved  E-Staple® Applicator System
By American Excelsior Company

(Arlington, TX) - American Excelsior Company is pleased to announce the new and improved staple gun for the exclusive installation of E-Staple® biodegradable staples.

The E-Stapler will install either 4 or 6 inch E-Staples for the sole purpose of anchoring American Excelsior Company line of Curlex® and AEC Premier Straw® erosion control blankets.

The E-Stapler will shorten installation time, therefore, decreasing the overall installation price of biodegradable staples vs. the typical steel staple. In the end, creating total biodegradability vs. rusted steel anchoring of your ECB or any other product where staple or pins are needed.

American Excelsior Company has 10 facilities in the U.S. and over 100 distributor partners.
 
More information is available at www.curlex.com.

For more information, contact ESD Customer Service at: (800) 777-SOIL or sales@AmericanExcelsior.com  

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17th of August, 2006 

New ASTM Soil and Rock Standard Helps to Determine Performance of Temporary Ditch Checks

For Immediate Release Press Contact: Barbara Schindler
Release #7461 610/832-9603; bschindl@astm.org
New ASTM Soil and Rock Standard Helps to Determine Performance of Temporary Ditch Checks

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 17 August 2006—ASTM Committee ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock has approved a new ASTM International standard that covers the guidelines, requirements and procedures for evaluating the ability of temporary ditch checks to protect earthen channels from stormwater-induced erosion. The standard, D7208, Test Method for Determination of Temporary Ditch Check Performance in Protecting Earthen Channels from Stormwater-Induced Erosion, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D18.25 on Erosion and Sediment Control Technology.

A temporary ditch check is a barrier consisting of rocks, straw bales, excelsior logs, wattles, lumber, rock bags, interlocking pre-cast concrete blocks or other materials installed or constructed across a drainage way, swale or other ephemeral waterway to reduce flow velocity, decrease erosion and promote soil retention.

An effective ditch check needs to slow runoff to encourage sedimentation, trap soil particles up stream of structure and decrease soil erosion.

“Sediment control is becoming a focus of regulatory agencies so we must understand the performance capability of the products that are used to combat the problem,” says Kurt Kelsey, Director of Technical Resources, American Excelsior Company.

Kelsey notes that manufacturers, departments of transportation and regulatory agencies would be the most likely users of Test Method D 7208. The test method uses full-scale testing procedures, rather than reduced-scale simulation and is based on conditions typically found on construction sites after earthwork operations have been complete, but before the area has been revegetated.

Subcommittee D18.25 continues to be active in the development of erosion and sediment control standards and invites the participation of all interested parties.

ASTM International standards are available for purchase from Customer Service (phone: 610/832-9585; service@astm.org) or at www.astm.org.

For further technical information, contact Kurt Kelsey, American Excelsior Company, Rice Lake, Wis. (phone: 715/236-5643; kkelsey@erosionlab.com). Committee D18 meets Jan. 28-31, 2007, during the January Committee Week in Costa Mesa, Calif. For membership or meeting information, contact Robert Morgan, manager, Technical Committee Operations, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9732; rmorgan@astm.org).

Committee D18 is one of 139 ASTM technical standards-writing committees. Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM standards are accepted and used in R&D, product testing, quality systems, and commercial transactions around the globe.

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27th of February, 2006 

AEC Announces new Bio-Degradable E-STAPLE

Introducing e-Staple & Applicator System

A New Biodegradable Anchoring Staple and Applicator System
By American Excelsior Company and UZET

(Arlington, TX) - American Excelsior Company and UzetWorld Dublin, Ireland, have partnered together to bring e-Staple to the erosion control industry. According to Jerry Bohannon, Director of the Earth Science Division, “this partnership with UzetWorld allows the American Excelsior Company to combine our leadership skills with the leader in biodegradable technology to continue to provide our customers with innovative, unique
biodegradable solutions for todays erosion and sediment control markets.”

e - Staple provides the very best solution in biodegradation from cold to warm composting conditions and will not soften during storage through humidity pickup. e – Staple can also be used on coastal erosion installation projects as the material is waterproof and is approved by the Department of the Marine. Combine these material characteristics with e-Staple’s unique design, which provides the very best in holding and tensile strength, add to this the manual applicator system and soon to be introduced pneumatic hand held and automated applicator system, the contractor is now working with the best solution available.

“UzetWorld is delighted to announce its working relationship with American Excelsior Company. We believe that American Excelsior provides the very best solutions and products available to the Erosion Control Sector. American Excelsior demonstrates all the characteristics of a company with the ability to develop and qualify solutions for now and into the future. This combination of very best practices, developing industry standards and
market knowledge is only achieved through a very strong professional team culture, which UzetWorld is happy to be part of.” Aidan Lynch CEO & Peter Kelly VP Sales and Marketing UzetWorld.

For more information, contact ESD Customer Service at: (800) 777-SOIL or sales@AmericanExcelsior.com

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