During the 1940’s, Zein was processed into yarn and used in the manufacture of stockings. This very high volume application ended with the discovery of nylon and rayon. Eastman Kodak, which had used Zein as a coating in the manufacture of photographic film and paper, began to use synthetic, petroleum-based coatings instead. Zein producers, primarily corn milling companies, began to leave the market.
Brothers Joel Freeman and Paul Freedman, both chemists and owners of Freeman Industries, understood the unique coating properties of Zein and started to purchase it from one of the remaining smaller producers. Working closely with customers, they identified multiple applications for Zein in the food, confectionery, and pharmaceutical industries. They developed different formulations using Zein, which met specific specific customer requirements better than just using Zein alone.
When the last of the corn millers stopped producing Zein, Freeman hired a Zein and extraction expert, purchased land and a building in Ashburnham, MA, acquired the needed equipment and set up Flo Chemical Corporation as a manufacturing operation. Flo has been producing Zein since 1976 and is the only North American manufacturer of Zein.
In 2012, Paul’s daughter, Rachel Freedman, joined the company to assist with marketing and sales. In 2014, Rachel became the principal owner and President of Flo Chemical Corporation, which now conducts business under the FloZein Products name, better reflecting the all-natural characteristics of our product line. In 2018, Flo was recognized as a Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE).
Social Compliance Policy
Flo Chemical Corporation, a family-owned business, adheres to a core group of values that define our social responsibility. These policies are adhered to by all employees and management, as well as by all of our suppliers. These policies are used to evaluate current and prospective employees and our suppliers, both domestic and global, and applied to all current and future relationships.
We do not condone or use any form of forced labor, including indentured, prison, bonded or slave labor. We do not use any form of child labor. We comply with all minimum age provisions of local laws. Employees are trained in proper workplace behavior and no physical or verbal harassment is tolerated.
We comply with all applicable wage, working hours, benefits, and overtime laws. If local industry standards are higher than applicable laws and regulations, we meet those higher standards.
We do not discriminate on the basis of age, nationality, race, religion, social or ethnic orientation, gender, sexual orientation or disability. All job postings are open to all candidates, and employees are selected for the best fit of skills and credentials.
We provide a safe, healthy and secure workplace for all employees. Proper sanitation, lighting, safety equipment, ventilation and fire protection are provided. We offer a full comprehensive medical and dental policy and encourage our employees to seek preventive care.
We comply with all applicable laws and regulation relating to product safety, labor, employment, and environment or working conditions.
Flo Chemical Corporation seeks to establish and sustain a positive environmental legacy for current and for future generations. In doing so, the company is committed to minimizing its overall impact on the environment while encouraging and activating environmentally responsible behavior on the part of employees and business associates throughout the world.
Specifically, we aim to conserve water, energy and ecosystems; to minimize waste and to inspire public consciousness in support of environmental sustainability. We maintain the smallest possible environmental footprint, by using natural raw materials, recycling most by-products from our production processes, and producing all natural, biodegradable products that minimize impact on the environment. The company seeks to identify, measure and understand the direct and indirect impact of its operations and develop innovative and realistic solutions for mitigating those impacts. It also complies with environmental laws and regulations.
Bribery, Corruption and Unethical Business Practices Policy
Flo Chemical Corporation takes seriously the effective prevention and detection of fraud, bribery and corruption and any other fraudulent or corrupt activity. It will not tolerate them in any form. We are fully committed to promoting a zero tolerance approach across the group. As well as being illegal, fraud, bribery, corruption and any other fraudulent or corrupt activity are damaging to all parties who engage in them.
We expect all staff to act honestly and with integrity to safeguard our and our customers’ assets, including information, goodwill, property and equipment.
Provision of Gifts
All employees must be careful about accepting gifts from companies who do business or seek to do business with Flo Chemical Corporation. Business gifts include meals, drinks, entertainment, sports tickets, transportation, promotional items, and the like. Policy requires an employee to obtain written approval from his or her supervisor before accepting any gift from a vendor or supplier with a value greater than $75. Special care must be taken in regard to giving anything of value to, or entertaining, government officials and employees.