Assembled in the USA

By:  Joe Kurz, Sales Representative – Industrial Products


There is an opportunity/challenge being afforded to companies supplying products to the big box stores across our country. They are asking for these suppliers to bring them products that are made, or at minimum, assembled in the USA. This has driven several large companies to seek out methods of bringing back manufacturing to our shores, or bringing in their products unassembled and unpackaged and doing that work here.

Research into one such project showed a manufacturer bringing in 1420 sea containers per year of assembled and packaged product was able to reduce that figure to 224 containers of unassembled parts. The savings in freight and insurance costs are substantial, and the new business opportunities for ACH Foam Technologies to design and produce quality recyclable interior foam cushioning are exciting. These companies are also sourcing some of the hardware used to build their products from local companies, increasing demand for reusable EPS material handling trays and other packaging products.

ACH Foam Technologies, with our national facilities, has been consistently meeting the packaging challenge and requirements of our customers. So if it’s EPS, make it ACH…

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Foam-Control Plus+ Architectural Grade EPS Conquers Terror

By: John Myers, Sales Representative – Architectural Products


Terror is part of our daily conversation. The world seems fraught with all sorts of alarm. We are becoming increasingly aware of and are on the watch for threats. In the construction world, there is the threat of the dreaded High-Cost-of-R-Value fear. Wait. What? Yes that’s right! While it isn’t making the headlines and most folks don’t think about it daily, it is a real concern among builders and building owners.

Fortunately, ACH Foam Technologies has developed Foam-Control Plus+ as a surefire combatant to overpriced R-Values. Contractors and Architects alike have discovered the cost-saving advantages of Foam-Control Plus+ Architectural Grade Insulation from ACH Foam Technologies. From perimeter and underslab insulation, to green roofs and plaza deck applications, all are experiencing the freedom from high R-Value costs.

With the increased R-Value and insulation requirements in today’s construction projects, and the demands of building owners to bring projects in at a reasonable cost, Architectural Grade EPS has been taking the place of the higher priced mainstays—XPS and Polyiso insulations. R-Value requirements can be satisfied at a lower cost per R-Value without changes to building design. The higher densities and corresponding higher R-Value per inch of Foam Control Plus+ changes the old myths of increased thickness.

Through the efforts of product specialists to educate the architectural, engineering, and contractor community we have battled past the fears and myths spread about by the higher cost per R-Value competitors.  If you are looking for some peace of mind and the satisfaction that comes from defeating High R-Value costs, let the experts at ACH Foam Technologies show you how to do battle and defeat terror!

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Out of the Ashes: Geofoam & The Provo City Temple

  By: Terry Meier, Sales Representative – Architectural Products

After 125 years of service to the community the Provo Tabernacle was tragically lost to fire. Church leaders contemplated the future of the building’s empty shell and a decision was reached. “A temple would be built out of the ashes of the tabernacle.”

Unique cutting edge construction technology is taking the burned-out shell of the historic tabernacle and giving it new life. To accomplish this, the brickwork was fortified with 10 inches of concrete and the stone foundation was removed and replaced with a concrete foundation. This required the brickwork to be suspended 40 feet in the air supported by 146 steel piles. In a sense, the contractor (Jacobsen Construction) is building in reverse starting with the outer shell and then building from there.


The temple will have a 245 car underground parking garage. The underground parking will allow landscapers to turn the grounds surrounding the temple into a place of beauty. Landscaping around the temple will be extensive, bringing lush flower gardens, trees, fountains and a pavilion to downtown Provo.

The area above the parking structure is covered with a 3 to 6 foot layer of EPS Geofoam. The Geofoam is used to make needed elevation changes on the plaza deck above the underground structure. Approximately 490,000 cubic feet of Geofoam was used for that purpose. The Geofoam is covered with either soil or a concrete topping slab depending on where it is used.

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The reason Geofoam was used is because of how lightweight and structural it is. Replacing soil (125 pounds per cubic foot), and concrete (150 pounds per cubic foot), with EPS Geofoam (less than 3 pounds per cubic foot), the contractor was able to reduce the vertical weight on the underground structure significantly. It is estimated that the use of Geofoam reduced the weight on the underground parking structure by an astounding 64,000,000 pounds!  When the weight is reduced on the underground structure the building materials used to make the structure are also reduced resulting in significant cost savings.

Upon completion of this project this resurrected building will once again provide years of service and beauty to the community. Out of the ashes a beautiful transformation has indeed transpired.

As a supplier of the Geofoam used on this project, ACH Foam Technologies is proud to be a part of that transformation on such a unique building project.

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R-Control SIP Roof Panels

By:  Jim Nugent, Sales Representative – Architectural Products

Structural Insulated Panels better known as SIPs have been in use for well over 50 years and R-Control SIPs manufactured by ACH Foam Technologies is the most recognizable brand name in the industry.

Most architects, contractors and owners are well aware of the advantages of building with R-Control SIPs. Certainly strength of the structure, energy efficiency and speed of construction are well known and well documented advantages of building with SIPs

While SIPs are well suited for light commercial building applications, conventional wisdom often views SIPs as a building system used in residential construction. To the contrary a large percentage of SIPs in use today are in commercial, institutional, and faith based buildings.

So where are these panels being used? In the roof.


Here are just a few of the advantages of R-Control SIP roof panels:

• Ideal for straight vaulted designs with exposed structural members
• Clear span capability from 8’-20’ depending on load criteria.
• Greater span-ability increases truss spacing and saves cost
• Speed of construction for large vaulted roofs, Panel sizes available from 4’x8’ to 8’x24’.
• R Control SIPs can be used in flat roof applications

Visit to find project profiles like the Severance Middle School, Aldo Leaopold Legacy Center, Ruffner Nature Preserve and other R-Control SIP roof panel projects.

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EPS Foam and the Holidays

By:  Joe Kurz, Packaging Specialist

Inevitably EPS foam will be a part of the holidays for many households. It will safely carry electronics, appliances, colognes, wine, and food to their final destinations. Having performed its original intended purpose, now is the time to recycle it so it can become an ornate picture frame, a CD case, hangers for clothing, and stuffing for a toy.

This year, a record amount of EPS foam will find new life as global strides in collection and processing of this renewable resource has taken off. ACH Foam Technologies has been on the leading edge of efforts to reroute the path of these materials from the landfill to the grinders and compacters located at each of our facilities. We welcome the public to drop off their clean EPS foam products to be transformed into another packaging solution.

Read more about EPS foam recycling.

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