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ELASTEC Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Elastec celebrated their 30th anniversary on May 1, 2020. The company was founded in 1990 with the invention of the two-drum oil skimmer. The patented product changed the oil spill response industry and set the foundation for the company to grow into the world’s largest manufacturer of environmental response equipment. What started as two vacuum truck operators in the Illinois Oil Basin has grown into a 120+ employee company with three locations in Illinois and one in Florida. Elastec, along with over 50 plus years of experience with floating barriers for oil, debris, and silt from American Marine, grew to be world renowned for manufacturing high-quality oil spill response equipment and containment boom. Recently, Elastec branched out to focus on waterway trash & debris, plastic pollution, and municipal waste disposal systems. We also provide vacuum systems, baffles and turbidity curtains, power units, pumps, boats, and an ever-growing catalog of products.

Some of Elastec’s highlights include:

• Working with University of California, Santa Barbara to develop Grooved Drum technology

• Spearheading the 2010 Gulf of Mexico in-situ burn operations with U.S. Coast Guard and setting a Guinness World Record™ for Longest Continuous Oil Spill Burn at Sea

• Winning first prize in the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE

• Providing MediBurn Medical Incinerators during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa

• Multiple appearances in the Inc. 500 | “5,000 Fastest Growing Companies” list

Elastec continues to focus on creating solutions to help combat pollution and other environmental problems. Current efforts are being put into providing MediBurn Medical Incinerators to help in the fight against COVID-19. To learn more about Elastec, visit



With 80 years of combined manufacturing experience, Elastec (Carmi and Fairfield, Illinois) and its American Marine division (Cocoa, Florida) design, develop, and distribute environmental products such as oil spill response equipment, floating containment booms and barriers, and portable incinerators in 155 countries.

Elastec revolutionized oil spill recovery technology with the invention of the drum skimmer in 1990. Since then, the company has developed a broad portfolio of environmental cleanup products: oil skimmers, oil boom, boom reels, Hydro-Fire™ Boom, American Fireboom, BoomVaneTM, work boats, SmartAsh, MediBurn and Drug Terminator incinerators, turbidity curtains, Brute Boom, and trash/debris devices to keep our world clean.

Elastec’s American Fireboom and Hydro-Fire® Boom systems were used extensively in the Deepwater Horizon incident for the insitu burning (ISB) of oil in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Elastec’s Hydro-Fire® Boom holds the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the “Longest Continuous Burn of Oil Spilled at Sea” for its performance during the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Elastec’s American Marine division in Florida has been manufacturing floating booms, barriers, baffles, and turbidity curtains since 1967 to protect sensitive marine habitats from silt and sediment pollution as well as to control floating trash, debris, and invasive aquatic weeds in our waterways, rivers, and oceans. To learn more, visit


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