Duck-Sorb is a patented absorbent product that can safely soak up any oil or industrial spill. (Photo source: WLOX)
Tackl Technologies, which makes the product, is based in a 30,000 square foot warehouse in the Long Beach Industrial Park. (Photo source: WLOX)
Working with Lighthouse for the Blind and Ability Works, the employees package the raw material into smaller bags and socks, which are then marketed and sold. (Photo source: WLOX)
The company is also celebrating the product being added to the federal procurement list, meaning all government agencies and departments can purchase the product. (Photo source: WLOX)
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -
It quickly absorbs oil spills, is manufactured locally and provides job training for disabled workers. That is the business plan for Tackl Technologies in Long Beach. And this already successful business is expecting extraordinary growth.
Keith Fulton serves up a cocktail of used motor oil. That's the best way to show guests how his patented product "Tackl" out-absorbs the competition, a widely used clay-based absorbent. The proof is in the oily pudding which remains on the competition's platter.
"Five hundred percent more effective absorbent than the standard clay people use," said a smiling Fulton.
He and his partner bought the patent two years ago, then converted a warehouse at the Long Beach Industrial Park into a manufacturing facility.
"This is a building that was vacant for many years, before Keith and them came in here and bought it and renovated the building and brought this business to Long Beach. It's a great opportunity, not only for Long Beach, but the county also, and the whole Gulf Coast," said Rep. Richard Bennett.
The raw product leaves the factory in 800 pound "super sacks." The workers then take that raw product and create much smaller packages to be marketed and sold.
And that introduces the other unique aspect of this absorbing business profile: The workforce. Tackl Technologies provides jobs and job training for the disabled, working with Lighthouse for the Blind in Texas and Ability Works in Harrison County.
"It fosters our mission, which is to provide independence to people who are blind or visually impaired. Our people are back right now, bagging bags as we speak, sealing them up and sending out orders," said Bob Buckley, with Lighthouse for the Blind of San Antonio, Texas.
"We'll be using the packaging line as real work experience as we're training our clients to give them the skills to re-enter the workforce," said David Marks, with Ability Works of Harrison County.
Thanks to its affiliation with Lighthouse for the Blind, the product is now on the federal procurement list; meaning hundreds of federal agencies may soon be cleaning up their messes with material made in Long Beach.
The absorbent material is made with products from the food and forest industries. Ingredients include wood particles from saw mill operations, along with rice and oat shavings from food manufacturers.
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:17:53 GMT
A Gulfport woman has been charged with uttering forgery after she allegedly deposited more than $16,000 worth of fraudulent money orders at Coastal Credit Union.More >>
A Gulfport woman has been charged with uttering forgery after she allegedly deposited more than $16,000 worth of fraudulent money orders at Coastal Credit Union. Biloxi Police Department Investigator Steve Schlicht said Cynthia Ann Brosh, 57, turned herself in to authorities Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:38:38 GMT
The Evansville Police Department says a man is arrested after an attempted robbery early Tuesday morning. EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob aMore >>
EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob a customer at a west side gas station.