LOUDON, Tenn. (June 11, 2009)—The Polyurethane Foam Association recently inducted three major "foam industry pioneers" into the Flexible Polyurethane Foam Hall of Fame during its Spring General Business Meeting and Technical Program May 20-21 in Baltimore, Md.
Inductees included United Kingdom-based Beamech Group Ltd.; Warren Pollock, the production process innovator; and the late Karl Lens, founder of Crest Foam Industries Inc.
Pollock was responsible for the design and setup of one of the first commercial flexible polyurethane foam manufacturing operations in the U.S., the association said. He also led the way in the development of round block foam and flame lamination for automotive seating and textile fabrics.
In addition to setting up the first commercial vinyl foam production plant in the U.S., Lens moved to the polyurethane foam business in 1959, founding Crest Foam, with his partner Irving Rifkin in Flushing, N.Y., which produced thin gauge polyester foam primarily for flame lamination to fabric for the garment industry.
Beamech Group, now operated by Brian Blackwell and his sons Bill and John, has been involved in a number of innovations in the polyurethane industry, including designing early equipment to support the continuous processing of flexible polyurethane foam.