By MATTHEW D. ERNST
CICERO, Ind. — A wood stain and cement sealer manufacturer headquartered in Cicero introduced one of 45 new soy products touted by the national soy checkoff in 2012.
“Last year we added a soy-based product to our TimberOx Green Wood Protectant Stain,” said Lyn Jackson, co-owner of TimberOx. “The soy ingredient adds to the appearance of the dried product, making its color richer.”
TimberOx Green Wood Protectant Stain, manufactured at a facility in Brazil, Ind., is recognized by the USDA Biopreferred program as a 90 percent biobased product. The TimberOx family of products was originally developed to meet the warranties of Exterior Wood Restoration, a Cicero-based business specializing in the restoration of outdoor wood.
TimberOx Green is just one of the new soy products that reached the marketplace last year, according to the United Soybean Board (USB). “These 45 products represent 45 new ways of enhancing the market for our soybeans,” said Russ Carpenter, a soy checkoff farmer-leader from Trumansburg, N.Y.
New soy products listed by USB in 2012 included those in well-established soy categories such as candle wax, elevator fluids and automotive foams. New automotive soy products entering the market in 2012 included Betafoam Renue by Dow Automotive Systems.
Betafoam Renue is sprayed into three-dimensional cavities in vehicles to reduce and manage noise, vibration and harshness. The soybean-oil based foam, finalized in December 2011 and introduced at an industry trade conference last May, replaced a petroleum-based version.
USB also listed new categories of soy products in 2012, including a gel mattress filling developed by Impact Gel Corp. in Ettrick, Wis. Other new products listed by the checkoff in 2012 included a soy methyl-ester-based nail polish remover, developed by Soy Technologies, LLC, headquartered in Nicholasville, Ky.
Three new soy products were listed from Franmar Chemical, a company in Bloomington, Ill., that has developed soy products for 25 years. The company touts its new LEAD OUT lead paint stripper as a biodegradable way to ease in lead paint stripping and disposal and reduce potentially toxic lead paint residues.
Founded to develop soy-based products for the screen printing industry, Franmar also had two new printing products listed in 2012.
“All of the products the checkoff helped develop this year and in past years, including some that we can use on our farms, come together to create a valuable market for our soy,” said Carpenter.
The soy checkoff provides funding to manufacturers of industrial and consumer products to research, develop and commercialize new products that contain soy. It also sponsors a new soy products guide, accessible on the Web at