Stormwater Solutions - Dr. Hanbae Yang to speak at Ohio Stormwater Conference on Friday, May 8th

posted May 7, 2015, 9:32 AM by Kellie Lynch   [ updated May 7, 2015, 9:33 AM ]

Dr. Hanbae Yang will be presenting at the Ohio Stormwater Conference tomorrow morning, his presentation titled "Advanced Filter-Based Stormwater Treatment Systems: Design, Testing, and Lessons." Various filter-based stormwater treatment systems such as bioswales, tree filter box, permeable pavers, and fluidized bed filters were tested with different media compositions to improve their performance and treatment capacity. This presentation will include both hydraulic performance and pollutant removal of advanced filter-based stormwater treatment systems.  

For a detailed Program Agenda, click here

2015 Ohio Stormwater Conference
Kalahari Resort, Sandusky, Ohio    May 6 - 8, 2015  

Dedicated to the advancement of stormwater and natural resources management
An event organized by the Tinkers Creek Watershed Partners.

Where: Kalahari Resort and Conference Center (Directions)
When: Friday, May 8, 2015,  10:30AM-12:00PM, Session F2F, Track Commercial
                                                                    Title: Advanced Filter-Based Stormwater Treatment Systems: Design, Testing, and Lessons
                                                                    Speaker: Dr. Hanbae Yang, Product Engineering Team Leader of ABS Materials

For more information on Stormwater Solutions, contact ABS Materials at 330-234-7999, email, or visit our webpage on Stormwater Solutions.

Microcystin Solutions: Dr. Paul Edmiston to speak at the U.S. Algal Toxin Conference

posted Apr 22, 2015, 1:11 PM by Kellie Lynch   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 8:02 AM ]

ABS Materials has been working on a project using our patented, NSF-approved Osorb® Media to solve the problem of the algal toxin, Microcystin, in drinking water. In response to this growing problem, ABS Materials has developed MicroSorb™, a specialized form of Osorb specifically designed to capture Microcystin. ABS founder and lead researcher on this project, Dr. Paul Edmiston, will be giving a talk discussing the latest results at the 2015 U.S. Algal Toxin Conference next Wednesday at the University of Akron. 

For a detailed Program Agenda, click here
To register for this event, click here.


The U.S. Algal Toxin Conference 2015
Akron, Ohio    April 28-30, 2015  

Understanding the dynamics of algal toxins and the threat posed to your community’s health, safety and economics.
An event organized by the Akron Global Water Alliance, Netherlands Water Alliance and City of Akron.

Where: University of Akron Student Union Ballrooms (Directions)
When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015,  2:20-2:50pm, Track 2
Title: Testing of new filter media to remove undesired molecules produced by Algae: Osorb media products for the Selective Removal of Microcystin
Speaker: Paul Edmiston, PhD Chief Science Officer of ABS Materials

For more information on MicroSorb, contact ABS Materials at 330-234-7999, email, or visit our webpage on Microcystin Solutions.

"Green" is all the rage at WEFTEC this week in New Orleans!

posted Sep 29, 2014, 9:55 AM by Kellie Lynch   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 9:58 AM ]

Come see us this September 29th - October 1st at Morial Convention Center, Booth #8505 in the Stormwater Pavilion and learn about how Osorb Solutions clean water! 

WEFTEC®, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, is the biggest meeting of its kind in North America and offers thousands of water quality professionals from around the world the best water quality education and training available today. ABS Materials, Inc. is proud to be a part of such an incredible event.

Dr. Hanbae Yang, Product Engineering Team Leader and Environmental Engineer at ABS is giving a talk today on Osorb Solutions for remediation of stormwater runoff, as part of a Technical Session in the Stormwater Pavilion. His talk, titled "Advanced Bioremediation Filter Media Enhanced with Metal-Osorb Composites: An Innovative Solution for Remediation of Stormwater Runoff" is scheduled from 11:30AM - 12:00PM at Booth #5301.

If you missed the talk and would still like to learn more about Osorb Solutions, please visit our Booth #8505 in the Stormwater Pavilion where our other team members are happy to answer all of your questions!

J. Gary McDaniel joins ABS Materials, Inc. as Chief Executive Officer

posted Sep 19, 2014, 6:27 AM by Kellie Lynch   [ updated Sep 22, 2014, 1:43 PM ]

McDaniel to lead the next stage of growth and commercialization at ABS  

Wooster, OH — September 18, 2014.  The Board of Directors of high performance advanced materials manufacturer ABS Materials, Inc. has selected J. Gary McDaniel to lead the company as Chief Executive Officer, effective September 3. 

Mr. McDaniel has an impressive track record as a serial CEO of startup and early-stage ventures with over 30 years of decisive strategic, operational, marketing, and financial leadership.  He has proven expertise in leading companies through periods of rapid growth and global expansion, driving new market development, and positioning companies to succeed and grow in competitive and changing business climates. 

Under his leadership at Catacel Corp., the company was reinvigorated.  Catacel became a major market player delivering over 50% annual sales growth.  As a result of this growth, Catacel was recently acquired by Johnson Matthey, a global player in catalysts and process technologies. As head of a division of Honeywell/UOP, Gary orchestrated the successful turnaround of the company’s petroleum refinery emissions control catalyst business, resulting in a 60% growth in sales and an 85% increase in profits.  Earlier in his career, Gary excelled in various global management positions with leading advanced materials companies, including W.R. Grace & Company and Akzo Nobel.

McDaniel says: “I am extremely excited about the future of ABS Materials. Over the years, the company has been developing some world-class technologies that are applicable in many large and growing markets.  From our signature stormwater management solutions to water purification and remediation, our family of Osorb® products are providing customers with significantly improved performance and compelling environmental benefits. With our technologies now proven in the field, the company is poised for dramatic growth.  I am really looking forward to working closely with the ABS team to make this happen.”

Osorb products can remove thousands of volatile organic pollutants from water.  Systems using Osorb today are treating water for industrial remediation, oil and gas produced water separations, and surface water systems needing to clean contaminants and nutrients. New potential markets include removing micropollutants from Drinking water as well as specialty catalytic and extraction applications.

Mr. McDaniel has Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering Administration from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore.

“Gary is a great fit for us, having proven his ability to rapidly grow successful businesses in the advanced materials space.  With his expertise, ABS will accelerate its rapid growth and Gary will take the company to the next level in its chosen water purification and specialty markets”, said Dr. Kedar Gupta, Chairman of ABS Board of Directors.

McDaniel’s near term efforts will focus on developing and executing the Company’s commercialization strategies, including establishing key strategic partnerships and developing its market entry and penetration initiatives.

Dr. Paul Edmiston, the inventor of Osorb, co-founder and CSO of ABS Materials said, “We at ABS are pleased to welcome Gary to our team.  He brings that ‘added dimension’ and go-to-market experience that we need to take our business to the next level.”


About ABS Materials, Inc.

ABS Materials, Inc. is dedicated to applying advances in 21st century materials science to the challenges created by 20th century industrial processes and chemistry. The company’s advanced water treatment systems use patented Osorb® absorbent materials to remediate oils, solvents and other VOCs in water without negative environmental effect.  ABS Materials is a privately held company headquartered in Wooster, OH with projects underway in the US, Canada, Australia, India and Korea.

ABS is excited to exhibit at Burning River Fest this weekend!

posted Jul 21, 2014, 8:36 AM by Kellie Lynch

This year, ABS Materials will be exhibiting at Burning River Fest, a two-day festival in Cleveland, OH that celebrates renewed environmental consciousness in the area after the burning of the Cuyahoga River in 1969. The event features over 25 bands and musicians on three stages, local environmental groups featuring interactive and educational displays for all ages, fresh, all-natural local food and chef demonstrations, plus handcrafted beer by Great Lakes Brewing Company, as well as performance artists from the Cleveland Museum of Art's Parade the Circle and a Corporate Boat Float featuring boats made from post-consumer recyclable materials.

Event details:
When: July 25 & 26
What time: 6:00-11:00 pm
Where: The Historic Coast Guard Station at Whiskey Island, Cleveland, OH
More info:

Come see us at the 2014 Ohio StormCon!

posted Jun 2, 2014, 2:15 PM by Kellie Lynch   [ updated Aug 7, 2014, 11:59 AM ]

Come see us at the 2014 Ohio Stormwater Conference this Thursday and Friday (June 5th & 6th) at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, OH. 

ABSMaterials innovations for treatment of stormwater are making important advances, and the thought leaders from ABS will be exhibiting at the 2014 Ohio Stormwater Conference on June 5th and 6th. Stephen Spoonamore will be presenting a talk about Osorb® Solutions for Low Impact Design (LID) Stormwater Management at 3:30pm on Thursday, June 5th.

In addition to the presentation, ABSMaterials will be exhibiting at Booth #307, where we invite interested parties to stop by for more information on our stormwater treatment systems and to learn about Osorb. We will also be doing demonstrations at our booth to show how Osorb absorbs oil and other contaminants from water.

If you have an upcoming plan for Bioswales, Streetscape, CSO Volume reduction, or other Green solutions, we hope you will consider the long term value of adding BioMix-Osorb®to your systems. 

If you would like for us to come talk about using advanced materials in green stormwater design, we now offer a 1 PDU course (Lunch and Learn) for civil or stormwater engineers.

Contact Kellie Lynch (330-234-7661) for more details.

​BioMix-Osorb LTS Units: Turning landfill leachate into ​landscape fertilizers

posted Apr 29, 2014, 2:00 PM by Kellie Lynch   [ updated Apr 29, 2014, 2:02 PM ]

Last week, the engineering team at ABSMaterials completed installation of the first large-scale, modular BioMix-Osorb® Leachate Treatment System (LTS) at the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO), just outside of Columbus, OH. The Leachate Treatment System, powered by BioMix-Osorb®, will convert approximately 225 gallons per day ​of​​ landfill leachate, highly contaminated with volatile organic compounds and organometals, to a nutrient-packed liquid fertilizer. ​The output product will be stripped of toxins by BioMix-Osorb®, but fully laden with NPK and carbon nutrients for plants.​ ABSMaterials has a growing expertise in leachate treatment, adding our first round-the-clock landfill treatment to our success at dumpster sites, garbage truck service yards, and garbage truck parking pads.

​Customers using the BioMix-Osorb® LTS will reduce the volume of leachate sent off-site, while generating much-needed organic fertilizer for on-site usage in landscaping and cell-capping operations at the landfill. The BioMix-Osorb® LTS will save landfills​ valuable time, money, and energy. ​The unit pictured here is designed to operate with minimum service for 5-7 years, and will generate enough fertilizer to pay for itself in 15-18 months. Further testing on the liquid fertilizer generated will be conducted over the coming months, with the intention to certify the fertilizer for hydroponic greenhouse usage.

For more more information on ABSMaterials' Osorb Leachate Treatment Systems, please check out the Leachate Treatment System webpage.

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ABS honored with BlueTech® Research Innovation Tracker Award

posted Apr 17, 2014, 9:13 AM by Kellie Lynch   [ updated Jun 18, 2014, 6:43 AM ]

In acknowledgement of its novel, innovative water technology, Osorb
®, ABSMaterials, Inc. has been awarded the Innovation Tracker Badge by BlueTech® Research. Recognition for this award highlights the advanced nature of ABSMaterials within the water industry, and registers the company within the BlueTech Research Innovation Tracker.

Comprising over 500 companies, the BlueTech Research Innovation Tracker provides a live, online tool to track the most important innovative, disruptive technology companies in the industry. Innovation Tracker companies are hand-selected based on a number of criteria, including the BlueTech Research “Disrupt-o-Meter”, which measures the technology’s disruptive potential within the water market. The Innovation Tracker maps key companies and technologies within the water sector, providing users with the ability to filter through companies and gather comprehensive data on each technology.

Stephen Spoonamore, a representative for ABSMaterials, Inc., said, “It is an honor to receive the Innovation Tracker Award. This award bolsters our belief in Osorb® and is a source of great pride for our team. We thank BlueTech Research for recognizing the innovative potential of our technology and for including us in the Innovation Tracker, where we look to garner more exposure within the water industry.”

About BlueTech® Research

BlueTech Research, an O2 Environmental company, is an independent water technology market intelligence firm. The firm provides actionable insights to a global client base on innovative and disruptive technologies, market direction, market opportunities, and access to intelligence on the companies innovating in the water space. To learn more or schedule a demo, please visit or email

ABSMaterials named a semi-finalist in the Global Water For Food Challenge

posted Mar 24, 2014, 1:22 PM by Kellie Lynch

In many regions of the world, including the United States, the water available for growing crops has become increasingly polluted with industrial, agricultural, and pharma chemicals which have measurable negative impacts on plant health and crop productivity.
ABSMaterials BioMix-Osorb®, when added to filtration systems or directly into impacted soil is reversing this problem, with 20-70% greater yields coming from plants protected by BioMix-Osorb soil amendments.  

USAID, along with leadership in EU, Swedish and Danish development agencies, have identified this as a massive unmet global need and called on the private sector to enter a Grand Challenge to address this growing concern.

ABSMaterials is proud to be among the finalists being considered for deployment, with a commitment for over $30M in funded pilots.   ABS was selected after over 500 teams submitted proposals.   ABS is in the process of completing the final selection round documents and looks forward to continuing our work removing dangerous chemicals from water used for agriculture, drinking and critical habitats.

For more information about Securing Water For Food: A Grand Challenge, please check out their website.

A list of challenge semi-finalists can be found here.

Best in the U.S.! - Wayne Named Top Micro for Economic Growth in 2013

posted Mar 4, 2014, 2:09 PM by Kellie Lynch   [ updated Mar 5, 2014, 10:28 AM ]

ABSMaterials Inc. sends the heartiest congratulations to Mr. Rod Crider, his entire team at WEDC and to everyone in the amazing business community we call home. Our leadership has always believed Wooster-Wayne County Ohio is the greatest small city in America to build an innovative materials company. We are extremely pleased to see this wonderful level of national recognition. Again, congratulations.

For more information on Wayne County's Economic Growth and to read the article featured in Site Selection Magazine, view: The Ladder Effect - Site Selection Article

The historic Wayne County Courthouse in Wooster stands as one of Northeast Ohio’s signature works of architecture. 
(PHOTO Courtesy of SiteSelection)

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