Norcross, Ga., Oct. 26, 2022 –– Green Boom, a leading biodegradable, water-repellent, oil-only absorbents manufacturer, has relocated to the City of Norcross, adding four new jobs and $2 million in capital investment. As Green Boom moved into their 5,000-square-foot facility at 1010 Norcross Industrial Court, they also became an in-house manufacturer using custom-built equipment, which has decreased their production time by 400%.
“The logistical proximity to Interstate 85 and the ease of doing business with the City of Norcross, as well as the fantastic support from Partnership Gwinnett makes this an obvious choice,” said Green Boom co-Founder and CEO Sudhir Sharma. “We’re happy to be here.”
After witnessing the devastating effect oil spills have on the environment, Sharma and co-Founder Yulin Deng pursued a better and greener solution. For the past several decades, the oil spill industry has used polypropylene –– an oil-absorbing oil product –– that culminates in landfills. With an undergraduate and graduate background in biomaterials, Sharma researched and tested cost-comparative biodegradable materials, developing a natural absorbent cotton casing and hydrophobic filler that quickly absorbs oil while repelling water. In just two years, his idea reached fruition, disrupting the oil spill industry with the first-ever patent-pending eco-friendly oil spill prevention, response and remediation products in 2021.
“Georgia’s nationally ranked universities produce top-tier talent whose ideas and hard work are creating a more sustainable future,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Deputy Commissioner Kristi Brigman. “Green Boom is joining a community of innovative companies that continues to grow in Gwinnett County. Thank you to our local partners for your dedication, and we look forward to Green Boom’s success in Georgia.”
As the industry’s leading manufacturer of 0% polypropylene/100% biomass hydrophobic oil-only absorbents, Green Boom uses sustainably sourced, renewable raw materials that help clean the environment while saving cleanup costs and time, including increasing renewable agricultural resources, reducing adverse environmental and health impacts and decreasing single-use plastic reliance.
“Gwinnett County believes in preserving and protecting our environment by actively engaging and promoting green practices,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Nicole Love Hendrickson. “We congratulate and welcome Green Boom who also supports building a more sustainable future.”
Green Boom has earned certifications from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture, the Nigerian National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency and the German Technischer Überwachungsverein Rheinland (Technical Inspection Association). Sharma, a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Deng, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, have both published numerous peer-reviewed materials and won several awards for their research as well.
“We feel proud such an innovative eco-friendly company chose to relocate to the City of Norcross,” said City of Norcross Mayor Craig Newton. “As a certified Green Community, we appreciate our mutual dedication to imagining a brighter, greener world.”
Partnership Gwinnett Existing Industry Project Manager Andrew Hickey managed the project in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Gwinnett County Government, City of Norcross and Electric Cities of Georgia.
“It’s remarkable that these co-founders not only have connections to a regional educational institution, but also have decided to change the world with a manufacturing facility right here in Gwinnett County,” said Partnership Gwinnett Vice President of Economic Development Andrew Carnes. “We look forward to their continued growth and success, and ultimately a greener future.”
Photo Click to view. Green Boom disrupts the oil spill industry with the first-ever patent-pending eco-friendly oil spill prevention, response and remediation products. The revolutionary oil absorbents manufacturer announced their $2 million relocation to Gwinnett County on Oct. 26.
Green Boom is the only 100% biodegradable line of oil-only absorbents suitable for large spill response, industrial and transportation MRO and safety spill kits. Available in industry-standard pillows, socks, booms and loose absorbents, these green alternative products have a larger capacity and faster absorbency, and are more durable than polypropylene at a comparable price. For more information, visit GreenBoom.com.