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ChemMasters' “Concrete Knowledge” (our in-depth understanding of the science of concrete), has lead to many innovations throughout our history. Our research staff and dedicated, on-site concrete research laboratory develops high performance concrete chemicals that are reliable day in and day out.
Mr. Murlan (Jerry) Murphy founder of Murphy’s Oil Soap, started the innovation that is at the core of ChemMasters today when he stopped a highway crew in the 1950’s and asked them what they were putting down on fresh concrete. He came back and started making his own version of curing compound call Spray Cure. He was the first to make a spray coating of paraffin wax and mineral spirits. Spray Cure, a new division of The Murphy Phoenix Company was founded. Mr. Murphy is remembered for saying, “What can I put in the top of my reactor that I can bring out of the bottom with value added?” He was first of the Murphy family to graduate from the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio Chemical Engineering Department.
Bill Ferrell, Spray Cure R & D Director, created a breakthrough technology by putting water into solvent systems. This was the first time water was added to petroleum wax dispersions. It represents the first of many innovations that Spray-Cure brought to the highway curing industry.
The Murphy Phoenix Company sold its Murphy Oil Soap brand to Colgate-Palmolive and was renamed Spray Cure to reflect the company’s focus on curing products for the highway industry. Bill Ferrell developed the company’s first true water-based emulsions that were water dilutable, eliminating flammability and clean-up issues. This environmentally-sound science eliminated pollution associated with spills of petroleum-based products in rivers and streams near highway construction sites.
Spray Cure grew by adding in a new line of concrete patching materials, grouts, floor coatings, and expansion aids, that lead to advancing cementitious restoration and beautification. The introduction of Chemseal water proofer, and its companion products Texture II masonry coating, and Aquanil™ water repellent, were to be the foundation of a new line of products to be developed for sealing and protection of masonry and brick. 1995 the company name was changed to ChemMasters.Other achievements of the 1990’s were: