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Michigan Firm Introduces First Window Foam With Renewable Agricultural Content

Business Wire -- OXFORD, MI -- September 7, 2010 -- ITW Futura Coatings, a division of Illinois Tool Works, Inc., has introduced the first window foam with renewable agricultural content. The new Foamseal® E-Z Fill™ Plus Window Foam, produced in Oxford, Michigan, replaces some of its petroleum-based content with renewable corn, soy and castor plant material.

As a biobased product, Foamseal® E-Z Fill™ Plus releases less carbon into the atmosphere, which benefits the environment. By using renewable agricultural materials as a substitute for some petroleum derivatives, the new foam has received BioPreferredSM status from the U. S. Department of Agriculture (UDSA). (Details are available at

E-Z Fill™ window foams are injected into vinyl window frames to help retain internal temperatures or “U” value, which reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling. Foamseal® E-Z Fill™ Plus Window Foam improves the thermal efficiency of windows by 3 to 8%, compared to window frames without foam. In addition, Foamseal® E-Z Fill™ Plus has flame-retardant properties.

“We’re pleased that our new product exceeds USDA BioPreferredSM requirements for renewable content. Using plant material reduces greenhouse gases that are damaging to the environment, while the foam improves the energy efficiency of the windows,” explained Art Goldman, sales manager, ITW Futura Coatings.

ITW Futura Coatings is a market leader in window foams, producing 90% of the foam used in replacement windows manufactured in the U.S. and Canada. Its window foams and other polyurethane foams are produced in its Oxford, Michigan facility. Illinois Tool Works, Inc., or ITW, is a publicly-held corporation with headquarters in Glenview, Illinois.

Contact: ITW Futura Coatings
Shari S. Cohen

Source: ITW Futura Coatings

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