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The best day of my life – getting tossed from high school physics class

It was a warm day in early spring of my senior year. We only had about six weeks of class remaining until graduation…

Our physics teacher had his back to the class writing some impossible-to-understand equation on the chalk board. I had just come from gym class to my adrenaline, endorphin & testosterone levels at their peak.

As I gazed out the open window, I saw a wasp fly in and hover over my classmate & friend, Holly Hetrick, seated one row in front of me. I knew Holly just about died from a wasp sting the year before, so I sprung into action.

I quickly rolled my gym towel into a rat tail and immediately whip-snapped the unsuspecting menace from the air to the floor below.

Holly screamed. The wasp died.

And Mr. Beegle, without turning around, calmly said, “Beaver, pack your books. You’re out of my class for the rest of the year.”

As I left the room, some of my fellow seniors clapped, others jeered and Holly yelled, “Mr. Beegle, you can’t throw him out. He saved my life.”

No dice. I was gone. Banished. Shunned.

Then the real punishment began.

I had to tell my dad, who was president of the school board and a tough (but fair) father. On the way home, I stopped at my grandparents’ house and asked what they thought I should do. Pap Lee said:

  • “Go to the principal and tell him you plan to complete the course on your own and want to take all the final tests offered by Mr Beegle…outside the class.”
  • “Ask his advice for a tutor to help me.”
  • “Hire the tutor”
  • “Then tell your father your plans”

So, that’s what I did. And, the plan worked (except dad still grounded me for 3 weeks). Fortunately, my competitive drive kicked in and I used my grounding to ace the finals and I actually started to understand the laws of motion, thermodynamics and other physics stuff.

I used the practical side of physics to solve lots of leak and spill control and cleanup problems for the past 40 years.

So, when clients in the oil and gas exploration business asked me why traditional white oil spill pads didn’t work in wet weather, it was relatively easy to explain:

  1. Controlling oil leaks and drips in wet weather is a physics challenge.

    White oil spill pads repel rainwater

  2. The repelled water beads up on the white pads
  3. When oil drips and leaks on the white pads, it floats on top of the water
  4. Additional rain washes the oil over top the white pads onto the surrounding surfaces

Then it hit me, if I could find fibers that allowed rain to flow through them but held onto the oil as the water passed through, the problem would be solved.

That’s how we discovered Spilltration materials. They are engineered to:

  1. Grab and hold oil-based leaks, drips and spills
  2. Allow clean water to filter through

Please see the video of a side-by-side comparison of Spilltration pads vs. outdated white pads. Controlling oil leaks in wet weather is no longer a problem thanks to Spilltration products.

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June 2, 2017

Donny Beaver, HalenHardy CEO

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HalenHardy: What’s with our name? What do we do? What are our guiding principles? Here’s what you should know.

Why “HalenHardy”?

Why-HalenHardyPeople ask me all the time, how did you come up with the name HalenHardy? Well, when I was growing up, my dad, Don Beaver Sr., and grandfathers, Pete Beaver & Tom Lee (pictured at the right) were the main male role models for me. Together they taught me to love God’s great outdoors and value of hard work and a great attitude.

My Pappy Tom lived a couple blocks from our home and I had the honor to work and play at his side nearly every day. He had a pretty straightforward outlook on life. Work hard first…then play hard. He would take me fishing as soon as I finished helping him in the garden, shop or Grandma’s ceramic studio. When the chores were done, we’d take off in his ’61 Rambler Classic to fish at Tipton Run or Bald Eagle Creek.

Pap would always encourage me to smile while working. He’d say, “I love a hale and hardy boy.” Hale, meaning cheerful and useful. Hardy, meaning robust & tenacious.

Long after pap passed in the early 1970s, I’d often be inspired by the memory of his “hale and hardy” instructions.

In 2012, our sons, Josh and Troy, along with partner Carl Cohen were looking for a name for our new venture aimed at developing products and services to improve environmental, health and safety practices for heavy mobile industries. One night I was racking my brain when Pap’s favorite phrase came back to me. I hopped up and scribbled the phrase in text-like fashion on a pad near my bed….”Hale n Hardy”. When I woke in the morning, the name for our company was clear….HalenHardy.

Today, HalenHardy provides products and services across multiple industries, including oil & gas, mining, construction, emergency response, remediation, transportation, utilities and demolition. The company’s mission is to provide “Tools to Tackle Crappy Jobs . . . Safely.”TM

HalenHardy’s Latest Innovations are Designed to:

We Subscribe to Four Guiding Principles:

  • Treat Others Well – no one likes working with (or for) jerks. At HalenHardy, we’ll treat you the way we want to be treated.
  • Build Sustainable Products – When we minimize waste, we maximize efficiency and results. It’s better for the environment and the bottom line.
  • Superhuman Service – We put our customers’ needs at the forefront of all we do.
  • Onward. Upward – We strive to continuously improve our products and services to help our customers reach their goals.

Our offices and manufacturing facility are located on Main Street in our hometown of Bellwood, Pennsylvania. And, we recently added a warehouse in Zanesville, Ohio to better serve its oil & gas and emergency response customers.


Onward. Upward.

Donny Beaver

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HalenHardy Business Feature: North East Environmental Response (NEER), LLC

Get All of the Facts about North East Environmental Response, LLC Below


About NEER

North East Environmental Response, LLC is the combined result of over decades of experience performing and responding to client’s environmental needs.

With access to state of the art technology, unparalleled knowledge, untiring work ethic and industry reputation, the team at NEER is at its highest level of preparedness for your response needs.

The NEER Commitment

North East Environmental Response’s commitment to their clients is simple:  have assets available, deploy rapidly, communicate effectively, work safely, protect their liabilities and show cost saving techniques to encourage a long term and strong business/personal relationship for years to come.

NEER Services

  • Spilll Response
  • Industrial Services
  • Remediation Services
  • Waste Management

NEER Locations

With response locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, South Carolina, Mississippi and Florida, North East Environmental Response has resources strategically positioned for client’s service requirements.

NEER’s Experience with HalenHardy

“NEER’s experience has been overly positive since meeting the group at HalenHardy.  We immediately identified that the group was innovative, provided sustainable products and were continuously improving existing products while developing new products.

NEER’s preference is to develop strong relationships with our customers and vendors.  We look at the group from HalenHardy as not only a vendor, but a friend.

Donny Beaver has become a mentor to me.  During our conversations, it isn’t always about the next product or the next sale, but he is focused on providing advice, guidance and recommendations to ensure parallel success.”


Are you in one of North East Environmental Response’s operating areas and want to learn more?  Contact Marc Brenner.

Marc Brenner

North East Environmental Response, LLC

Business Leader/Creator


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UV Degradation of Spill Control Materials Explained

UV resistance is a topic that is frequently broached with environmental professionals that operate in outdoor industries.

It’s no coincidence that we are repeatedly asked, “Will your stuff turn to powder when exposed to UV sunlight?”

This question arises, because most folks that engage in spill containment or cleanup in the outdoors have observed their spill control materials wasting away before their eyes at one point or another.  In many cases, environmental professionals are already aware that the problem at hand is UV degradation.  However, most individuals simply don’t understand how this UV degradation occurs and why it matters which type of spill control material you utilize.

Therefore, the purpose of this article is to provide a brief explanation of how and why different spill control materials should be utilized in different settings.  Understanding the differences in UV resistance can help you to eliminate some of the guesswork and evaluate the best spill control material for your specific application.

So Here it Goes…

Plastic fibers are everywhere in today’s world, and polypropylene is perhaps one of the most abundant of these fibers.  But no two plastics are exactly the same.  With different characteristics, there come different ideal uses, which should be considered.

In most traditional spill control materials, polypropylene is a key component.  While polypropylene can be useful for some high heat or chemical situations, polypropylene at its most basic form is a simple chain polymer.  Due to its chemical structure, exposure to the sun’s UV light causes the bonds holding the polymers to break and weaken.  This makes polypropylene less suitable for long-term outdoor sunlight exposure. It’s no wonder then, that you tend to see this type of plastic frequently used for packaging, food containers, lab equipment, etc.

On the other hand, the twiddly bits that make up HalenHardy’s Spilltration Husky fibers are more complex, utilizing ester properties between two binding groups.  Overall UV resistance compared to polypropylene is therefore much greater.  Since Spilltration Husky fibers come from recycled materials, their origins are typically from items like clothing, high-strength ropes, and insulation to name a few.

What This Means for You.

If you utilize spill control products in the outdoors, you need a material that is suitable for environmental exposure.  Due to their chemical properties, polypropylene based absorbents will break down under UV rays and may not be your best option.  If you are looking for a long-term outdoor spill control solution, don’t hesitate to contact us.  We’d be more than happy to provide you with sample Spilltration materials to test for your specific application.

Request a Sample

Contact Donny Beaver at to learn more or request a sample for Spilltration today.

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Oil spills on small creeks – no problem with SpillBoa and Instant Underflow Dam

Oil spills on streams and creeks can be a pain to contain and cleanup.  Not anymore.

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Industry Highlight: Fire Chief Shares Experience and Feedback on SpillBoa™ Sorbent Barrier for Oil Spill Control

Have you ever wished that your spill control supplier took a few moments to listen, really listen, to find out what it is that you need?

Well, that’s exactly how the SpillBoa™ Sorbent Barrier was born. One of the most exciting factors about the SpillBoa is that this spill control tool was designed specifically based on our customers’ input. Above all, the two problems that we hear again and again and wished to address are: “Speed and Space”.

HalenHardy’s latest video features Jack McCloskey, who has over 20 years of experience with the Excelsior Volunteer Fire Company in Central Pennsylvania. Assistant Chief McCloskey illuminates the spill control issues that he faces in Emergency Services and how the SpillBoa can help.

In speaking with Jack McCloskey, Assistant Chief of the Excelsior Volunteer Fire Company, the HalenHardy team was able to learn a lot about Emergency Response.

Jack explains the issues that he faces as Assistant Chief for over 20 years, saying, “We’re all dealing with trying to keep a lot of stuff on one or two pieces of apparatus. We’re all trying to get as much on as we can for Emergency Services.”

Jack was even helpful enough to show us this problem first hand and give us a look into firetruck compartments. To this regard, Jack elaborated, “In emergency services compartments anymore, we don’t have a lot of places to put things.” Wow, he wasn’t kidding there.

After introducing Jack to the SpillBoa, he shared some crucial feedback.

“This [the SpillBoa] is nice, we can keep several in one compartment and be able to deploy them faster, and tie them together to make whatever length we need for linear footage.”

“Where we are located, we have a lot of streams that we take care of. You get motor vehicle accidents in a stream or something, we can deploy this [the SpillBoa] quickly. Toss it from one side of the bed to the other side of the bed and contain the situation. And we can use this for more than one thing […] It’s not just a floating boom. It’s maybe containing a situation on the ground.”

In Summary:

“The product itself is a nice product. The length of it and the space that we have to put it in the good thing about it. Plus, you’ve got more bang for your dollar.”

Thank you, Jack!  We are grateful for your commitment to protecting our community.

Learn more about the SpillBoa here.

Have questions?  Contact Donny Beaver at

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Rethinking Oil Sorbent Booms: Recent Innovations Are Challenging Traditional Spill Control Thinking

Traditional Oil Sorbent Booms are finally being rethought. In this photo, the Spilltration SpillBoa has been rapidly deployed in a matter of seconds.

For nearly five decades sorbent booms have not changed very much. Most sorbent booms are designed the same way:

  • Like a big, overstuffed sausage filled, crammed with oil-only melt-blown, cellulose, duck feathers, wool, cattails….even human hair.
  • Bulky to store & move around
  • Time consuming to deploy
  • Round shape is not very efficient
  • Usually not very ab/adsorbent (if you ever cut one apart after deployment, you know a lot of the inner fibers are not oil saturated)

Recent innovations have challenged traditional thinking about sorbent booms.

Product developers discovered lightweight, highly compressible oil-sorbent sheets that can be squeezed into packages one-fourth their original volume, thereby:

  • Reducing Storage & transportation space by 400%
  • Allowing for new “flat-boom” configurations that are more efficient than round sorbent booms
  • Deploying 40x quicker than traditional sorbent booms

Please see the video below

Published on April 19, 2017

By Donny Beaver, CEO at HalenHardy

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Contact: or 814-571-9779

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Follow the Footprints to Stay Ahead of Slips and Falls

Slips and falls are usually in the top 2 or 3 incidents in the O&G industry, costing billions of dollars each year in injuries, insurance and administrative time.

If slips and falls are not in your top 3 types of injuries, STOP READING right now. You already don’t have enough hours in the day. However, if slips and falls rank in the top three, you may want to continue.

According to nearly all industry experts, lagging indicators (OSHA recordables, lost work days & workers’ comp MOD rates) are helpful to show compliance with safety policies. However, safety professionals are increasingly using leading indicators to help prevent injuries before they happen.

When it comes to slip and fall accident prevention, leading indicators can be found by “following the footprints”. It’s sort of like CSI work.

The first forensic work is to review your slip and fall incident reports for the past couple years to see if your company has any discernible patterns. You should build a small spreadsheet with the following data.

  • What are the places where slips occur?
    -On the well pad liner?
    -Working on top of equipment?
    -Climbing into and out of truck
  • What job functions are most likely to have slipping incidents?
  • Are there any incidents that may not look like a slip and fall but slippery surfaces are the root cause?
    -For example, one company found that truck drivers had a high rate arm strains and dislocated shoulders (no, it wasn’t from lifting too large a coffee travel mug). Actually the root cause was slippery grab bars and climbing steps on the cab during wet weather.
  • Are the slips seasonal?
    -More in winter than summer?
    -What time of day?
    -What were the weather conditions?

Once you have a good idea where, when, how and to whom the slipping incidents are occurring, it’s time to pull your team together and review the data. It’s best if you can have a combination of team members that include:

  • HSE
  • Operations
  • Workers
  • It usually helps to have a pair of “outside eyes” to review the process with you

We have discovered that the team should be no larger than three or four internal members and one outsider. In addition, the attitudes and personalities of the team are very important. You want to assemble people who exhibit the following attributes:

  • Problem solvers
  • Safety conscious
  • Positive attitude
  • Willingness to participate

In addition, you will need to have a strong leader for the team who will ride-herd and make sure the team stays on task.

With the current price pressures and time constraints in O&G, it may be hard to assemble a group to add “one more project” to their already overloaded schedule. However, we have discovered that the best time to deal with these kinds of issues is when the market is slow. Remember, if this is a “Top 3 Injury” incident problem for your company, it will be worthwhile to invest the time to “dog it through”.

Once your team reviews the data you’ve assembled, it’s time to take a field tour and visit the actual places where the majority of incidents occur. It’s helpful to have a checklist of the top 3 to 5 places where incidents occur and visit them during the same time and conditions under which they occurred.

For example, if the majority of incidents occur at night in rainy weather, then you should look at the problem under the same conditions. In other words, don’t look for icy well pad liners in July.

In addition to looking directly at the places past slipping incidents have occurred, you should also look holistically at all the adjacent areas and conditions.

  • Image from original article published by ONG Marketplace – April/May 2016

    Greasy, oily walking and working surfaces. If it looks slippery, it IS slippery.

  • Steps
  • Ladders
  • Frame Rails
  • Platforms
  • Diamond plate
  • Look for footprints on top of grease or slime (many times you can actually see skid marks)
  • Grab bars in climbing areas (or lack thereof)
  • Look for “wear patterns” on surfaces.

For example, you can almost always find worn areas on steps and bumpers where workers climb the same path all the time (especially if they have sand or dirt on their boot soles that grindaway the paint or even wear out metal over time. One very interesting wear pattern we observed was a worn out warning label on a diesel fuel tank on the driver’s side of a frac pumper. Before it wore out, he label used to read, “WARNING: Do not step on fuel tank”.

  • Ask the workers in these areas if the stuff that looks slick has ever been a problem in the past. If not, can they show you any areas where they think might be a problem. Although some workers may be reluctant to share, we’ve learned that about 50% of the workers will open up and share, IF they know you are doing this survey to help keep them safer.

Depending on your company culture, we have found there are two ways to conduct the slipping audits:

  1. Unannounced – just show up and begin the process
  2. Pre-announced – Review with the crew what you are doing and why.

While many prefer to preannounce, there are certain cases when a surprise visit will also yield good results. We’ve found that a combination of the two techniques can help gather a more robust picture of what’s really happening.

After you gather all your forensic data, it’s time to assemble it and develop an action plan. In part two of this series, we will discuss the next steps.

For more information, please contact Donny Beaver at or on his mobile phone at 814-571-9779

Original Article Published by ONG Marketplace – April/May 2016

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HalenHardy Business Feature: Dynamic Enviro, Inc.

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About Dynamic Enviro, Inc.

Formed in 2005, Dynamic Enviro, Inc (“DEI”) currently has locations in Illinois, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. Having multiple locations in several different regions enables us to serve their clients in the most timely manner and surpass their needs.

President & CEO, Brant Cochran, and his team subscribe to the following business fundamentals.

1) Safety Always
2) Dedicated team for our client’s specific needs.
3) Follow up to ensure clients satisfaction.
4) Honest and hard-working team

In addition to emergency response, DEI offers a wide range of services including:

  • Demolition & Decontamination
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Industrial Services
  • Water Treatment

When asked what he liked about Spilltration products, Brant said:

“Spilltration products are compact and take up 400% less space than traditional spill control materials.  This allows us to bring more firepower to bear at the scene of the spill.”

“The SpillBoa sorbent barrier is amazing.  It deploys 40X faster than traditional sorbent boom.  So, we can contain spills more quickly and save money for our customers.”

“And, Spilltration materials allow us to cleanup hydrocarbons in wet weather, where traditional spill materials are ineffective.”

“On top of all that, you can squeeze and reuse Spilltration products, reducing our waste substantially.”

“We plan to continue to expand DEI services and look forward to using Spilltration products to help us be more competitive and serve or clients better.”

Brant Cochran

Dynamic Enviro, Inc.



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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Isn’t it time you put a distracted driving policy in place?

Last week in the HalenHardy blog, we discussed that transportation injuries were the number one most fatal workplace incident in 2015.

It’s no wonder then that every April, the National Safety Council facilitates a Distracted Driving Awareness Month with the goal of highlighting the dangers of distracted driving.

According to the NSC, approximately 25% of motor vehicle crashes involves the use of a cellphone.  Phone usage contributes to visual, manual and cognitive distractions.

With the significant dangers of distracted driving, your company can actually be at a financial risk.  Moreover, your workers are exposed to higher risks as well.

So what can you do?  Here’s what our partners at Accuform recommend.

  • Place signs in parking lots as a great way to remind those leaving your business to finish the call or text before leaving building, to park when you have to talk or text, and to not text while driving.
  • Develop a Cell Phone Policy Kit such as the NSC’s, that will foster an effective implementation process for employees. The main objective is to provide your employees with ready-made communications for the variety of people you work with and get them on board to support the company cellphone ban policy.
  • This April, encourage employees to take the pledge to be an attentive driver here.

According to OSHA, “OSHA reminds employers that they have a responsibility to protect their workers by prohibiting texting while driving. It is a violation of the OSH Act for employers to require workers to text while driving, create incentives that encourage or condone it, or structure work so that texting while driving is a practical necessity for workers to carry out their job. For more information, please see OSHA’s Distracted Driving brochure”.

Don’t forget that as an Accuform Distributor, HalenHardy can help you to roll out these procedures.  Contact to learn more.

NSC Resources:

Distracted Driving: One Call Can Change Everything
NSC Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Distracted Driving: What NSC is Doing