Since its founding in December 2004, Husky Portable Containment has strove to be the best at everything it does, leading to a series of one-of-a-kind innovations that continue to shape the fire industry. Innovation, however, is only one of several categories that remain at the forefront of Husky’s priorities, with the others being quality, customer service, price and lead time. Excelling in these categories has allowed Husky Portable Containment to expand into its third facility in 12 years after years of constant and steady growth.
Husky® is well known for its firefighting products, which include folding frame tanks, self-supporting tanks, salvage covers, strainers and many other items related to the water shuttle industry. Husky® also manufactures environmental safety products that are designed to protect the environment by containing spills and storing harmful liquids. These products include spill containment berms, bladder or pillow tanks, de-con pools and showers along with many other products to help keep the environment safe against fuels, chemicals and other toxic materials.
Husky® is devoted to offering the best materials available. Its EXLON®, a 22-ounce-per-square-yard material, was developed exclusively for Husky® as a lightweight but very strong and durable material — capable of withstanding the worst of conditions. EXLON® has proven itself in the field time and time again being used for everything from firefighting water tank applications to bladder tanks and spill containment berms. To top it off, EXLON® is manufactured in the U.S.
Unsurprisingly, Husky® also holds several patents with other patents pending. Innovation is forefront with Husky’s design team, and custom-designed products are commonplace for the company.
Jay Claeys, president and co-owner of Husky Portable Containment, explained, “We work with customers closely to help them reach their goals for any project. We continuously look for the best solutions to improve the firefighting water handling industry along with the environmental primary and secondary containment markets.”
For instance, Husky Portable Containment’s “Easy Life Handles,” U.S. Patent No. 8,746,478 and other patents pending, propelled the company to its place as the leader in firefighting folding frame tanks. This revolutionary first in the folding frame tank market changed how tanks are handled. These grab handles are RF welded to the floor of the tank in the corners, helping remove standing water, and through the center positioned in a zigzag pattern, which helps fold the liner up in the frame.
“Easy Lift Handles eliminate sending the ‘rookie’ underneath the tank liner trying to lift and push all of the leftover water out,” Claeys said. “Any attempts by other manufacturers to infringe on our patent or copy our handles has been futile at best. We did our research with local departments and came up with the best locations for the handles keeping the costs in check.”
Another new innovation, according to Claeys, has been Husky Portable Containment’s latest portable tank, the PRO500® folding frame tank — patent pending, published Aug. 11, 2016. It is an expandable liner designed with mega capacity versatility and safety in mind.
“Our standard version of the PRO500® has four ‘bags’ or bladders coming off two opposite sides of the liner. They can be deployed or left in the folded position,” Claeys said, explaining that there is a strapping system that allows the bags to remain folded and against the side of the tank. “One or all bags can be deployed. We can also add bags or build them different sizes.”
Claeys also cautioned, “What I don’t recommend is what another company is doing to copy us and that is adding a very large bladder off of one end to make an attempt at max capacity. What this design does is weaken the frame to a point where it can and will fail, and also the bag is so big if it is on unlevel ground or near a ditch it can get ‘pulled’ into that area, dragging the tank with it creating a safety hazard for everyone around it.
“We have done the testing and came up with the correct and safest design to get mega capacity out of a smaller tank frame.” Claeys added, “This liner design is perfect for the fire department that already has a folding frame tank and portable tank rack on its truck that matches in size. Add the PRO500® liner and get more capacity without changing everything else.”
Throughout the design process, Husky’s quality control team ensures that customers receive quality products. To meet this standard, the team has evolved over the years, working with the end user while also continuing to review the company’s processes. Additionally, Husky Portable Containment’s customer service team remains available to answer any questions or address any concerns during the design process and long after the customer has received their product.
“Our customer service is second to none,” Claeys said. “We have a friendly, knowledgeable staff to take care of you when you call. We treat all our customers as we would want to be treated. Every situation is handled with professionalism and courtesy for the best results for our customers.”
Husky® will continue to innovate, bringing forth new features and new products, with Claeys stating, “We look forward to further expansion in the coming years.”
For information, visit Husky Portable Containment’s website at www.huskyportable.com, or contact its customer service team at (918) 333-2000 or (800) 260-9950.