Mitch Hubert joins Solberg

Published:  27 May, 2014

The Solberg Company, a manufacturer of firefighting foam concentrates and systems hardware has appointed Mitch Hubert as Vice President, Global Product Development.

Mr. Hubert entered the fire protection business in 1978 serving in various research and development and product development capacities. Mitch joins Solberg from Dynax Corporation where he most recently held the position of Vice President, Marketing. Dynax supplies specialty chemicals to the fire protection industry for use in firefighting foam. Mitch Hubert brings more than thirty-five years’ experience to Solberg having started his career at Ansul Fire Protection as a Product Development Chemist and was responsible for development of new fire suppression and extinguishing media including foam, dry chemical and wet chemical agents. During his time at Ansul, he held various positions within their R&D, Manufacturing and Marketing departments.

Mitch has served on a number of domestic and international industry technical committees. He has worked on product development and applications engineering projects in the aerospace, aviation, mining, forestry, marine, warehousing and petrochemical industry segments and holds patents on both foam concentrate agents and foam hardware.

Solberg was also named as one of five Northeast Wisconsin regional companies and organisations named winners of the first Insight Innovation Awards at the third annual THINC! Event held May 20, 2014.

Recognised for its environmentally-friendly firefighting foam concentrates and foam suppression systems hardware used in industries ranging from aerospace and aviation to petrochemical and utilities, The Solberg Company caught the eye of the judges and received the Innovation Award for ‘Product.’

‘We are honoured to receive this award,’ said Dave Pelton, Vice President – Global Marketing of Solberg. ‘We are profoundly committed to developing high-performing foam products that have an environment-friendly profile to protect and safeguard life, property and the environment.’

Called Re-Healing Foam, the high-performance, environmentally-friendly foam concentrate is the first significant innovation in firefighting foam since the 1960s, when synthetic-based foam concentrates replaced foams based of animal proteins for use on Class B fuel fires. Re-Healing Foam is also used to prevent re-ignition of exposed fuels and provides vapour suppression.

‘We felt it was a necessary step in the evolution of firefighting foam products that a new technology was brought forward. Something new and innovative that moved the fire protection industry in a different direction. It’s been our goal to take those kinds of innovations and couple them into existing products and new product that we develop in order to make the most sustainable and cleanest products that we can for our customers,’ said Solberg’s General Manager, Steve Hansen.

Coordinated and hosted by Insight Publications LLC, Appleton, THINC! (Technology & Human Innovation Networking Conference) was designed to shine the spotlight on innovation in the New North (Wisconsin) region. A total of 43 companies were nominated for the Insight Innovation Award. Other award categories were: People, Process, Planet and Integrating Innovation.

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