HISTORY Scott C. Smith, CEO of CELLECT TECHNOLOGIES LLC and OPFLEX SOLUTIONS LLC, is a Harvard Business School Graduate living on Cape Cod, MA. His creative, responsible vision for his company is leading it into what promises to be its biggest year ever. CELLECT TECHNOLOGIES LLC and OPFLEX SOLUTIONS LLC are the only American Owned Crosslinked Polyethylene Foam Companies with roll stock foams and bun foams made with low carbon impact technology (LCI™) as developed by Scott C. Smith. The companies market, and sell specialized plastic and rubber foams to Asia, Canada, and Mexico. Both CELLECT TECHNOLOGIES LLC and OPFLEX SOLUTIONS LLC are 100% owned by Mr. Smith, who has been involved in over 20 patents related to crosslinked foams. Prior to 2001, Mr. Smith was the President of Sentinel Polyolefins LLC, a Pactiv – Tenneco based company. In February of 2001, Mr. Smith purchased the company from Pactiv and started a separate company to create low carbon impact foams, CELLECT TECHNOLOGIES LLC. Following a flood in CELLECT’s St. Johnsville, NY factory in 2006, the idea for OPFLEX was born – filled with oil-contaminated water, CELLECT’s factory suffered significant damage and the absorbent foam aided in its cleanup. ‘Cleaning things up’ for his workers, Smith garnered assistance from Senator Chuck Schumer and the NY Department of Labor and got a Disaster Assistance loan from the Small Business Association (SBA) in addition to borrowing $3.5 million against his personal assets to prevent the company from permanently closing. The SBA rewarded Smith with the 2008 Phoenix Award for Disaster Recovery and his business thrived. Cellect provides over $3 million in payroll and tax dollars alone in the Village of St. Johnsville, and Montgomery County, NY. CELLECT and OPFLEX products are currently being used in the flooring markets, consumer markets (yoga mats, footwear, sponges and wipes using environmentally friendly and biodegradable foam), medical markets (ekg pads, surgical grounding pads, patient positioning systems), gasket markets (automotive, air conditioning systems, refrigerators), playground equipment market (collaboration with David Rockwell and Kaboom), water filtration markets, pollution detection markets, and oil containment and oil absorption markets.
When Smith heard about the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Disaster, he went down to Venice, Louisiana to live among the fisherman and do practical tests of the product in the area. He did similar tests in Dalian, China where the country’s worst oil spill threatened the wildlife and the local ecosystem. Testing his OPFLEX BOOMS, MOPS, SWEEPS, PADS, and MITTS on the oil sheen, subsurface plumes and affected wildlife proved a highly successful endeavor. Starting out at 1.5 pounds per cubic foot, OPFLEX Materials are able to absorb up to 32 times their weight in oil and 80% less in weight than conventional white booms that do not work. Smith left the Gulf area with an order for 2 million square feet from BP and a glowing commendation from David Kinnaird, BP Site Leader in Lake Charles, LA as to the product’s effectiveness. The Chinese government was so excited about OPFLEX that they asked Smith back to give the Keynote speech at their Carbon Capture and Sequestration conference in Beijing in January of 2011. The Girl Scouts of Louisiana have come to Smith’s side to show their support, as have many politicians (and even celebrities). OPFLEX’s oleophilic and hydrophobic qualities have been touted worldwide via FOX News, USA Today and Cape Cod Times, among others. Green companies are thriving in the current business environment and OPFLEX is re-useable and has an additive that speeds its biodegradation, making it among the ‘greenest’ available. In October of 2009, Cellect officially commercialized its Low Carbon Impact including biodegradable foam for the flooring underlay market. Mr. Smith invested an additional $5 million plus from 2005 - 2009 commercializing Microflex® and Opflex®. Microflex® and Opflex™ are manufactured using 30% less energy than conventional materials in the manufacturing process and is biodegradable. OPFLEX SOLUTIONS LLC was formed to meet the needs of customers interested in OPFLEX products. Scott Smith and his companies are committed to getting the oil out of the area, and preserving the health of the people who live on The Gulf Coast. OPFLEX SOLUTIONS LLC is also looking into arranging for its products to be used preventatively so something like this does not happen again. Water reclamation, erosion control, filtration, pollution detection and many other exciting potential uses are slated to be explored in the coming year. The trials of CELLECT TECHNOLOGIES / OPFLEX SOLUTIONS and its employees are proof that what does not kill you makes you stronger and that with sheer grit, determination, and refusing to give up, you can overcome the most impossible challenges.
Harvard Business School Graduate, OPFLEX SOLUTIONS CEO Scott Smith, was awarded the SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION’s PHOENIX AWARD for how he turned around his fledgling company and built it up into what now encompasses OPFLEX SOLUTIONS. The award, endorsed by Senator Chuck Schumer, was presented to Smith at then-President George Bush’s White House.
China CCS Conference
Scott Smith was invited by the Chinese government to speak at the CCS Conference in Beijing in January of 2011 and will speak in New Orleans on the year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil spill at the Gulf Coast Leadership Summit.
Our St. Johnsville, NY factory uses clean propane (instead of coal) for its energy. We will install cogeneration and/or biodiesel at our next facility – less CO2. 30% less energy is used to manufacture Opflex than similar products – so less CO2 is liberated. Also, Opflex is 80% less in weight than other products.
Opflex materials are lower in mass and weight (for example 1.5 PCF vs 52 PCF for our booms), thus they are “Low Carbon Impact” (LCI) products.
Clear Water Flows Over OPFLEX SWEEPS As They ABsorb Oil Sheen
As you see the MOP leaves a trail of clear water behind it, as it mops up the oil sheen.
OPFLEX MITTS Wildlife that gets covered in oil can die from hypothermia. OPFLEX MITTS can clean the oil and other undesirable elements off the animal easily â€“ as demonstrated below.
A WORD FROM BP
BP PRESS RELEASE
Recycling of Product
Repeated use of Opflex improves energy efficiency – less CO2 emissions.
Featured in USA TODAY on 11/15/10 with a photo of CEO, Scott Smith.
"I had 50 nutcases a day walk through the door," says David Kinnaird, a BP project manager who helped coordinate BP's response from a Louisiana command center. But Kinnaird saw something workable from Scott Smith, who marched into the command center as the spill unfolded. Smith's company, the Massachusetts-based Cellect Technologies, makes a foam, Opflex, that repels water but absorbs oil. Previously used in the medical, construction and other fields, Smith brought it to the Gulf and "spent days living with fishermen" trying to get his foam into the water. All sorbent-boom manufacturers claim that their products repel water. But sooner or later, they don't, Kinnaird says. BP's tests found that Opflex went weeks without absorbing water. When oiled, it could be wrung out and reused. It's also biodegradable, Kinnaird says. Traditional absorbent boom often ends up in landfills as hazardous waste. "This was completely different from anything I'd seen," Kinnaird says. Through the spill, BP bought 2 million square feet of Opflex, which can be in pads, pompoms and sausage-like boom. Overall, more than 11 million feet of boom was deployed in the spill. The best ideas Most often, the best new ideas identified by BP came from entrepreneurs like Smith â€” not conglomerates.
OPFLEX & THE EPA OPFLEX is listed in the EPA's National (Oil and Hazardous Substances) Contingency Plan Product Schedule as a MOSCA Miscellaneous Oil Spill Control Agent. OPFLEX SOLUTIONS is exploring opportunities to work with the EPA on water quality projects.
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Published on Mar 27, 2011