For Immediate Release

UltraCell Joins National Science Foundation Technology Commercialization Program in Washington, DC

March 15, 2016 – Washington, DC – UltraCell Insulation LLC, an emerging technology leader in the cellulose insulation industry, today announced its participation in the National Science Foundation’s Spring Workshop, focused on helping NSF grantees rapidly commercialize their innovative technologies – judged by NSF to have broad commercial and environmental potential. UltraCell is recipient of a $150,000 NSF SBIR Phase I grant, which it is utilizing for continued development of its breakthrough technology.  According to NSF, the Spring Workshop was designed to give participants an immersive, real-world, hands-on experience to assist in developing a stronger business model, market strategy, and product.  NSF’s Carol Rabke put it this way to workshop participants: “Think of NSF as an investor – you are the engine of the American economy and we want you succeed.” 

“UltraCell’s breakthrough technology for the manufacture of an advanced form of cellulose insulation promises real economic and environmental benefits for our country,” said Jonathan Strimling, UltraCell Insulation’s Chief Executive Officer. “Cellulose insulation has become our nation’s fastest growing form of insulation because of its outstanding thermal performance. But the industry has been plagued by dwindling supplies of recycled newsprint, which is used to make conventional product. UltraCell’s unique process allows us to utilize recycled corrugated to make a higher-performing and more uniform cellulose insulation. Our long-term goal is to produce millions of tons of cellulose insulation using this process and to meaningfully promote more effective energy conservation in America achieved with better building insulation.”

During the NSF Spring Workshop, UltraCell met with NSF Program Manager Prakash Balan, as well as with business coaches from Dawnbreaker Consulting, specialists in helping NSF grantees commercialize radical new technologies. “UltraCell wishes to thank the entire NSF and Dawnbreaker team for the extraordinary support and guidance they have been providing,” added Mr. Strimling, continuing “It is really refreshing to see such a commercialization-focused mindset at work in Washington, DC, and it was an honor to be included among a number of really amazing technical innovators at this particular event.”

UltraCell Insulation LLC is launching a breakthrough technology for the production of an advanced form of cellulose insulation and will begin shipping UltraCell from its plant in Buffalo, NY in early 2017.  Founded in January 2013, UltraCell employs a patented process to blend fiber from pulped recycled cardboard with fiber from other clean paper feedstocks, which results in production of an extraordinarily pure and clean cellulose insulation. UltraCell partnered with the Greenpac Mill in Niagara Falls to obtain clean recycled fiber from corrugated cardboard to feed its manufacturing process. Greenpac is North America’s largest and cleanest pulper of recycled cardboard, and also gives UltraCell the benefit of its enormous buying power in paper commodity markets.

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