About ABSMaterials, Inc.
Two years after Osorb's discovery, Dr. Edmiston and Mr. Spoonamore drafted a business plan for ABS Materials. Mr. Spoonamore, whose now-wife was a colleague of Dr. Edmiston, had heard about the “glass that sucks up oil.” Fascinated by the product and by Dr. Edmiston, Mr. Spoonamore began supplementing Dr. Edmiston’s technology with his experience as a company-builder. In effect, the duo transformed Osorb from an innovative research subject to a groundbreaking commercial product in water treatment solutions. Since 2009, the company has successfully grown from a team of three—Dr. Edmiston, Mr. Spoonamore, and 2008 Wooster graduate Laura Underwood—to a firm of more than 30 full-time employees at two locations.
ABSMaterials has applied Osorb to advanced technologies in a number of industries, as well as developed cutting-edge solutions for scavenging volatile contaminants from ground, surface, and municipal water with no negative effects on the environment. Unlike outdated remediation methods such as air stripping, granular activated carbon, sparging, or oxidizers, there are no toxic byproducts, no landfilling, virtually no replacement costs, and minimal energy requirements with our products. Today, ABSMaterials continues to study new applications for Osorb and to help our commercial clients exceed industry standards for effective, cost-efficient, and eco-friendly water treatment.
Right: Mr. Spoonamore recognized Osorb's potential and
founded ABSMaterials along with Dr. Edmiston in 2008.