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The Ultimate Guide to Purchasing Hydrofluoric Acid

Posted - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Category - Chemical Industry

It is used in glass etching, metal manufacturing, quartz purification and Teflon coatings. It is colorless and could be mistaken for any number of compounds. But Hydrofluoric Acid, known more commonly as HF to avoid confusion with Hydrochloric Acid, is a compound that, until recently, was not very widely known outside of the chemical and manufacturing world. In the past few years Hydrofluoric Acid has garnered more attention in Hollywood thanks to its use in AMC’s hit show Breaking Bad. But America’s blue collar workers have long known Hydrofluoric Acid for its dozens of industrial applications. Those in the market to purchase HF have their work cut out for them, as not all suppliers offer the same level of quality and service. That is where this article comes into the picture. It will serve as a comprehensive guide for those who are looking to purchase Hydrofluoric Acid...

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Brainerd Chemical Announces Acquisition

Posted - Friday, November 11, 2016

Category - Company Info

Brainerd Chemical is pleased to announce that it has acquired a Danville, Illinois plant that was previously owned by Honeywell. It is an 85 acre facility that was home to much of Honeywell’s refrigerant business, but was scheduled for de-commissioning in 2016.

Concurrent with this acquisition we have hired two of the key managers that previously worked for Honeywell at the Danville facility, Bruce Schofield and Tim Wilson. These men have many years of experience at this plant and will be invaluable in helping us get off to a fast start. We welcome Bruce and Tim to our Brainerd family.

With this facility came a vast array of equipment, a large tank farm, extensive on-premises rail service, and everything else required to run such a large enterprise. We are beginning to inventory all of this so we have a better idea of what capabilities we can immediately offer to our customers and potential customers. Also, this opens up a completely new geography for Brainerd Chemical as Danville is centrally located between Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Columbus, Cincinnati, Des Moines, and other Midwest cities. Very soon we will develop a sales and marketing plan to leverage our new assets, and we will share that with you when we can.

As we said to everyone at our 2016 kickoff meetings, we are on a growth trajectory at Brainerd Chemical. With the help of all Brainerd employees and our partners, we are creating a very bright future for us all.

Mat Brainerd, CEO

Brainerd Heroes

Posted - Friday, May 27, 2016

Category - Community

In honor of Memorial Day Weekend, Brainerd Chemical would like to take the time to honor our employees who not only work hard every day here at Brainerd but have worked even harder to protect our country. Their service allows us to have the freedom to go to work every day. Brainerd Chemical would like to thank the following:

Dallas Hodges – Army

Daryl Graves – Army

David Clark – Navy

David Floyd – Army

Donnie Parks - Navy

John White – Air Force

Randy Boze – Air Force

Richie Horn – Marines

Robert Day – Navy

Steve McLaurin – Army

Mat Brainerd Meets with Governor Fallin

Posted - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Category - Chemical Industry

As Chairman of the NACD, Mat Brainerd is constantly encouraging member companies to be more involved in government affairs. As chemical distributors, we must educate our political leaders on the importance of our industry as well as the policies that affect our businesses across the country. Recently, Mat had the privilege of meeting with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin at her office in Oklahoma City. He was able to discuss a few topics with the governor including the history of Brainerd Chemical, wastewater recycling programs, and most importantly an Environmental Stewardship Program.

Just this year, Indiana passed Senate Resolution No. 8, which acknowledges that chemical distributors verified under NACD Responsible Distribution® meet the mission of the state’s Environmental Stewardship Program. Responsible Distribution is the association’s mandatory third-party verified environmental, health, safety, and security program. The state of Ohio has introduced a similar resolution and is close to being passed as well.

Mat’s goal would be for the state of Oklahoma to pass this type of resolution recognizing Brainerd Chemical as meeting the requirements of the state in environmental stewardship. After speaking with Governor Fallin and her Secretary of Energy and Environment, Michael Teague, he feels as though the resolution is a real possibility for Oklahoma. This resolution would set Brainerd Chemical apart from other companies that are not known as responsible distributors. It also positions Brainerd as a company that works hard for the protection of our state and our country. Brainerd will make sure our distribution practices are safe and that we are the absolute best stewards in the industry.

It is legislation like Senate Resolution No. 8 in Indiana that makes our industry positive participants in government affairs. Mat hopes that our company and other member companies can be civic leaders in every state in which we operate.

Save Our Water with Peracetic Acid

Posted - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Category - Community

Today is World Water Day and the importance for awareness in regards to the world’s water source is critical. It seems as though this might be a simple statement but water is such an important substance for all living organisms. Again that seems simple but in reality it is a profound realization for all humans. I’m sure most of us have heard the water “fun facts” like the human adult body is made up of roughly 60 to 70 percent water or somewhere between 70 and 75 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. A more gripping stat would be the fact that an average person would perish after three or four days without water. Basically, our life depends on water and we should be responsible when it comes to its use.

Here’s another fun fact for the oil and gas industry in regards to the use of water. The need for water treatment and reuse has become critical to oil and gas operations across the United States. In recent years, oil and gas producers have utilized drilling and completion techniques which demand much greater water requirements than traditional practices. This increase in water usage has challenged companies to design innovative treatment methods that allow them to more efficiently utilize their water resources.

How do we solve this problem? The answer is Peracetic Acid or PAA. This chemical solution (PAA) has become the preferred chemical treatment solution due to its environmentally friendly profile and effectiveness across a broad range of applications.

PAA is a multifaceted water management tool that is being incorporated into chemical treatment programs to prevent corrosion issues resulting from bacterial contamination. PAA is also being supplied as an integral part of produced water recycling programs in fields experiencing H₂S souring and Iron Sulfide buildup. PAA has shown to effectively remove oil-wet FeS emulsions and scale from production equipment and well structures. Peracetic Acid is also customizable depending on the applications that are needed for water treatment.

Therefore, in an industry that gains more attention, both good and bad, than most industries, there is a solution for the growing use of water. Instead of pumping more fresh water for use in drilling operations, we can treat the used water with peracetic acid and recycle it for future processes.