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Franmar Hires National Sales Manager
August 12, 2022 | Posted by Karen Apfelbaum

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- An experienced leader with a proven track record in sales and revenue growth has been hired as the national sales manager for Franmar, Inc. Craig Rogers of Washington, Ill. will oversee the sales operations of the Bloomington, Ill.-based manufacturer, which produces the BLUE BEAR® retail and industrial lines, and a complete line of screen-printing products. His duties include nurturing existing client relationships and working with the Franmar …

Remembering Franmar Founder Frank Sliney
December 16, 2021

Frank H. Sliney Nov. 15, 1935 - Dec. 8, 2021 BLOOMINGTON - Frank H. Sliney, 86, founder and co-owner of local Franmar, Inc. passed away Wednesday morning, December 8, 2021, surrounded by family and beloved pups: Elphie, Beau, and Carson, at his home in Bloomington. His visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 17, 2021, at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, where food and soft drinks will …

Supply chain disruptions won’t affect Franmar’s commitment to customer service
October 12, 2021

When the Coronavirus pandemic first took hold early last year, Americans who were used to an abundance of everything 24/7 suddenly saw shortages of paper towels, toilet paper and cleaning supplies, as well as lots of empty grocery shelves. People stocked up and supplies dwindled. Fast forward to today. Shelves are fuller, and paper products and cleaning supplies are easier to come by, but the global supply chain remains in …

Franmar Welcomes New General Manager
October 5, 2021

BLOOMINGTON, IL -- A veteran manager experienced in many facets of business has been hired as the general manager for Franmar, Inc. Tim Whitlock of Normal will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Bloomington, Ill.-based manufacturer, which produces the BLUE BEAR® retail and industrial lines, and a complete line of screen-printing products. He assumes many of the responsibilities held by Vice President Dan Brown, who will remain with the company …

A soy-based product made by Franmar will help make long-haul trucks safer.
July 7, 2021 | Posted by Karen Apfelbaum

Franmar’s BLUE BEAR® Soy Gel 600GL Coatings Remover is playing a pivotal role in a recent recall by Navistar, Inc. The recall includes more than 33,000 2018-2021 International Lonestar and 2017-2021 International LT Series trucks in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Navistar recalled the trucks this spring after problems were found with a battery ground cable that may break at its connection point, leading to a loss of electrical …

COVID Can't Keep Us Down!
October 27, 2020 | Posted by Dan Brown, General Manager

Before coming to Franmar 20 years ago, I served a 21-year stint in the U.S. Air Force and also 12 years pastoring a church. Yes, I’m an old guy, and like the fellow from that TV insurance ad “I’ve seen a lot!” But I’ve never seen anything like what we’re living in now. The whole world is in the grips of this COVID-19 pandemic, and every person on the planet …

Removing Graffiti from a Utility Box
February 13, 2019

On a college campus, graffiti is nothing new. For the past four years, I have parked in the same spot a few blocks away from my university and walked past the same vandalized utility box almost every day. This utility box had clearly been vandalized several times, with layers upon layers of sun-baked spray paint and stickers. Though I had never thought much about it, it suddenly sounded like …

Lead Paint Removal
September 12, 2017 | Posted by Franmar

Until the late 1970s, paint that contained lead was in common usage and could be found in most living spaces. The U.S. Product Safety Commission banned the use of lead based paint in housing in 1978, but if you own a home built before 1978, you may still have lead paint that could pose health and safety issues for you and your family. The risks from the lead in the …

Concrete Sealer Removal
September 12, 2017 | Posted by Franmar

I have a friend who had a concrete patio poured about a year ago and has never been satisfied with how the sealer was applied to his new patio. He's ended up with milky spots along with bubbles and a generally uneven finish on the concrete. The sub-contractor that did the work was less than helpful to resolve the problem and my friend has been stuck with the issue. I …

Barnacles
September 12, 2017 | Posted by Franmar

Pesky barnacles are something that many boat owners have to deal with. They are very stubborn and will ruthlessly attach themselves to boats, docks, and piers despite all the hard work of trying to protect against them. Boat owners know the process to remove them can be very tiring and time-consuming, but is necessary for boat upkeep. Thankfully Franmar has two products that help alleviate this process. A boat is …