DES PLAINES, Ill., Jan. 27, 2014 – Baird Capital, the direct private investment arm of Robert W. Baird & Co., announced today that its U.S. private equity portfolio company Justrite Manufacturing Company, LLC (Justrite), has acquired Basic Concepts, Inc. (Basic Concepts), a global leader in the design and manufacture of portable and flexible spill containment solutions. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Justrite manufactures products specifically designed to help workers store, transfer, use and dispose of hazardous materials in a safe and convenient manner. Basic Concepts’ products will be combined with Justrite’s current offerings, resulting in an expanded spill containment product line.

“Basic Concepts creates durable and versatile spill containment products to help customers meet and exceed good manufacturing practices and regulatory requirements,” said Justrite CEO Mark McElhinny. “This acquisition allows us to further build out our product line and continue offering dependable solutions to our customers.”

 “As organizations continue to create safe workplaces and adhere to strict environmental regulations, we believe Justrite answers a critical market demand,” said Andrew Brickman, Partner in Baird Capital’s U.S. private equity group. “This acquisition helps Justrite build on its position as a leading provider in the safety products industry.”

 About Baird Capital

Baird Capital makes venture capital, growth equity and private equity investments in strategically targeted sectors around the world. Since 1989, Baird Capital’s U.S. Private Equity group has invested in growing and profitable lower-middle-market companies in the Business Services, Healthcare, and Industrial and Consumer Products sectors. Having invested in more than 270 companies over its history, Baird Capital partners with entrepreneurs and, leveraging its executive networks, strives to build exceptional companies. Baird Capital provides operational support to its portfolio companies through teams on the ground in Asia, a proactive portfolio operations team and a deep network of relationships which together strive to deliver enhanced shareholder value. Baird Capital is the direct private investment arm of Robert W. Baird & Co.  For more information, please visit

For additional information, contact:

Angela Pittman Taylor

Baird Public Relations


Andrew Brickman

Baird Capital


Posted by: leehill | July 20, 2012

The most user friendly berm available!

July 20, 2012 – Anderson, SC
Basic Concepts introduces the new patented FailSafe Rigid-Lock QuickBerm. Now the Rigid-Lock QuickBerm is available with the patented FailSafe float up feature.

The Sentry QuickBerm product line has the best selling spill berm models in the secondary containment market. The addition of the Rigid-Lock QuickBerm with FailSafe entry/exit to the QuickBerm line furthers the goal of providing the most user friendly spill berms on the market.

This goal was accomplished by offering spill berms with user friendly features such as single piece construction and no assembly required. The Rigid-Lock QuickBerm with the FailSafe float up feature on the entry/exit wall combines these same desired features with a foldable right angle locking wall support that renders all other spill berm designs obsolete.
One simple tug on the side wall secures the Rigid-Lock support into a firm, locked position. A simple push on the wall unlocks the Rigid-Lock support and lays the wall down. The Rigid-Lock support can be driven over from any angle when the support is in the lowered position.

The Rigid-Lock QuickBerm with Fail Safe entry/exit offers no assembly, no parts to lose and has a clean, ergonomic design that reduces tripping hazards. By adding the float up FailSafe feature, the end user is able to leave the walls of the spill berm in the lowered position if desired. In the event of a fuel spill, the entry/exit walls will float up into an upright position containing the hydrocarbon spill.
Unlike other float up spill berm designs that will not work in snow and ice, the Rigid-Lock QuickBerm’s entry/exit walls can be locked into an upright position by simply raising the wall by hand. This gives the customer flexibility in how they use the spill berm, raised or lowered entry/exit, you have spill protection.

Basic Concepts’ spill berms help our customers do their jobs in a safe, more responsible manner. Basic Concepts is a World War II veteran owned small business that manufactures environmental and spill containment products. Founded in 1988, the company is celebrating its 24th year of serving a global market one customer at a time.
Want to know more about Basic Concepts’ spill berms and its full line of secondary containment and environmental products? Please contact:

Basic Concepts, Inc
1310 Harris Bridge Rd
Anderson, SC 29621
phone 1-800-285-4203

Posted by: leehill | January 11, 2012

Secondary Containment Saves Environmental Release

Alaska officials say 6,300 gallons of crude oil, water spill at XTO facility at Nikiski

Last Updated: January 11, 2012 – 2:17 am

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska environmental officials say a faulty gasket on a tank led to a spill of 6,300 gallons of crude oil and process water at the XTO Energy onshore facility at Nikiski, southwest of Anchorage.

In a situation report Tuesday, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said no resources have been affected. It says all of the spill discovered late Monday afternoon was captured within a secondary containment area.

The state says XTO Energy responded with contractors Monday night to recover free liquid from the secondary containment area — a bermed area with a 60-mil liner. On Tuesday, the company began removing contaminated snow and ice.

Police probe hydraulic fracturing fluid spill in Bradford County

written by Jason Whong
6:30 PM, Jan. 10, 2012

Pennsylvania State Police, the state Department of Environmental Protection and Talisman Energy are investigating the Tuesday morning spill of up to 20,000 gallons of wastewater created by the hydraulic fracturing process at a natural gas well pad in Bradford County.

The actual volume of the spill at the well on Ayres Road in Canton Township was unknown Tuesday afternoon because the company had not yet finished measuring it, said Natalie Cox, a spokeswoman for Talisman Energy.

State Police in Towanda are investigating the spill as criminal mischief. Someone intentionally tampered with a tank on the well pad between midnight and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday to cause the spill, according to a police report.

Cox could not confirm the cause of the spill because it is still under investigation.

The spilled liquid is called production brine or “flow back water,” Cox said, explaining that it’s “the water that comes back after the hydraulic fracturing is complete.”

It flows to the surface after water and hydraulic fracturing fluid are injected into the well, she said.

“It comes back with rock chippings and pieces of the earth in with it,” Cox said, noting that it’s similar to what was dumped Dec. 1 on state game land in the county.

Josh Foster, 27, of Temple, Ga., is charged in the December dumping, in which 800 gallons of sludge were found on Pennsylvania Game Land 219 in Warren Township, Bradford County. He is scheduled to appear Jan. 17 in District Court.

The brine that leaked Tuesday was released into an area designed to contain spills, which Cox described as a shallow hole with a “deep plastic liner.” Cox didn’t know how thick the liner is, but said it’s the kind of liner that is standard in the energy industry.

The spill was vacuumed out of the containment area and put back in the tank, she said.

A DEP spokesman could not provide additional formation about the spill Tuesday.

Police are asking that anyone with information on the incident call them at (570) 265-2186.

Featured 12x26x1 Rigid Lock Quickberm containing fuel truck

Basic Concepts introduces the next generation in secondary containment, the Patent Pending Rigid-Lock Quickberm. How does one continue to lead the market after 23 yrs? By reinventing the standard. Since its introduction, the original Sentry Quickberm has become the best selling berm design in the secondary containment market. This was accomplished by offering user friendly features like single piece construction and no assembly.

The Rigid-Lock Quickberm combines these same desired features with a foldable right angle locking wall support that renders all other berm designs obsolete. One simple tug on the side wall secures the Rigid-Lock support into a firm, locked position. A simple push on the wall unlocks the Rigid-Lock support and lays the wall down. The Rigid-Lock support can be driven over from any angle when the support is in the lowered position

The Rigid-Lock Quickberm offers no assembly, no parts to lose and has a clean, ergonomic design that reduces tripping hazards. Simply put, the Rigid-Lock Quickberm is the product environmentally conscious customers will prefer to use and from the initial response, promises to take the market by storm!

Basic Concepts’ products assists men and women in the service of our country do their jobs in a safer, more responsible manner. Basic Concepts is a World War II veteran owned small business that manufactures environmental and spill containment products. Founded in 1988, the company is celebrating over 20th year of serving a global market one customer at a time.

Want to know more about Basic Concepts and its full line of secondary containment berms, oil spill and environmental products? Please contact:
Basic Concepts, Inc
1310 Harris Bridge Rd
Anderson, SC 29621
phone 1-800-285-4203

Vice president, two managers of waste treatment facility sentenced for Clean Water Act felonies
WASHINGTON – Three officials of Ecological Systems, Inc. (ESI), an oil reclamation company that operated a centralized waste treatment facility in Indianapolis, IN, were sentenced in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana for felony violations of the Clean Water Act. The prosecution stemmed from ESI’s intentional discharges of untreated wastewater and stormwater from its facility directly into the Indianapolis sewer system.
“The Clean Water Act is designed to protect our nation’s water resources, and the defendants’ repeated attempts to hide the plant’s capacity to handle the wastes that ESI accepted and excess rain water threatened those critical protections,” said Randall Ashe, Special Agent in Charge of the EPA Criminal Investigation Division’s Chicago Area Office. “Today’s sentences prove that those who willfully circumvent our nation’s laws and put Indiana residents and nearby homeowners at risk will be caught and prosecuted.”
Joe Biggio, ESI’s former Operations Manager and Executive Vice President, was sentenced to three years probation, a $15,000 fine, and community service, after having previously pled guilty to two counts of CWA criminal violations and one violation of the federal false statements statute, 18 U.S.C. 1001. Biggio’s community service requires him to lecture graduate students seeking degrees in business management regarding his case and criminal conviction.
Mike Milem, former Operations Manager, was sentenced to six months home detention, three years probation, a $5,000 fine and community service, after he previously pled guilty to one criminal violation of the CWA. Similarly to Biggio, Milem’s community service requires him to lecture students in Indiana colleges regarding his case and criminal conviction.
Mark Snow, former Lab Manager of ESI, was sentenced to three years probation, a $5,000 fine and 8 hours of community service per month during the duration of probation, after he also pled guilty to one criminal CWA violation.
In addition, all three defendants are prohibited from applying for any environmental license or employment in the environmental field without disclosing their felony convictions to any such licensing board or prospective employer.

The investigation began after the Indiana Department of Environmental Management received complaints from several Indianapolis homeowners that thick, oily wastewater was flowing into their yards from sewer manholes after a heavy rainfall on February 11, 2009. ESI was required to have sufficient storage capacity to handle wastewater from this type of wet weather event, but it did not. In order to deal with the excess wastewater, Mr. Milem and Mr. Snow decided to directly discharge untreated oily wastewater into the Indianapolis sewer system by pumping wastewater through hoses that bypassed ESI’s treatment processes. As a result, the wastewater received no treatment, and was discharged into the sewer system leading to the City of Indianapolis’ wastewater treatment plant. The discharge continued for approximately eight hours and resulted in a discharge of approximately 300,000 gallons of untreated wastewater. In the hours after this discharge, the oily sludge-like waste emerged from several sewer manholes downstream of the ESI facility, contaminating residential properties.
The subsequent investigation revealed that ESI had not been adequately treating the waste it took from customers for reclamation for a significant period of time, in part because major pieces of equipment in the treatment process, such as pumps, needed to be repaired or replaced, and because badly-needed storage space was not available at the facility. Investigators also determined that ESI had misrepresented to EPA and Indiana the storage capacity it had to handle such a rainfall event as the one that occurred on February 11, 2009.

Mr. Biggio, as the Executive Vice President of Operations, knew that ESI was hiding its noncompliance in several ways. Instead of reporting all of its wastewater samples to the city, as required by its permit, he “cherry picked” the data and only reported the “best” samples whose analytic results reflected lower concentrations of certain pollutants. Similarly, wastewater was collected after rainfalls, resulting in diluted samples that could be reported as “lower” pollution levels to the city. This practice of submitting false sampling results, along with making false statements to the authorities, attempted to disguise the fact that pollution discharge limits were being exceeded on a regular basis. The company’s Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan stated it had millions of gallons more capacity than actually existed to handle spills and rain events.
The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. It was prosecuted by the Office of the United States Attorney, Southern District of Indiana.
For more information on EPA’s criminal enforcement program:

Edinger Incorporated Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act

(DALLAS – April 4, 2011) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined Edinger Incorporated of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, $2,950 for violating the Clean Water Act’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations. During a recent inspection of the company’s oil production facility in Caddo County, Oklahoma, EPA uncovered a variety of SPCC violations.

These included improper or inadequate measures for spill containment, discharge prevention, storage and labeling of oil, and drainage controls. EPA also found site personnel were inadequately trained in a number of areas, including operation and maintenance of equipment, discharge protocols, and pollution control laws and regulations. Additionally, staff had not conducted periodic visual inspections of containers, foundations, and supports for maintenance needs.

As part of a March 2011 Expedited Settlement Agreement with EPA, the facility has certified that all identified deficiencies have been corrected.

SPCC regulations require onshore oil production or bulk storage facilities to provide oil spill prevention, preparedness and responses to prevent oil discharges. The SPCC program helps protect our nation’s water quality. A spill of only one gallon of oil can contaminate one million gallons of water.

Additional information on SPCC regulations is available at:

More about activities in EPA Region 6:

EPA audio file is available at:

Posted by: leehill | February 22, 2011

Scientist Finds Gulf Bottom Still Oily, Dead

Anderson, SC – Basic Concepts, Inc. announces that the US District Court for the District of South Carolina ruled that Interstate Products of Sarasota, Fl literally infringed US Patent No 5,762,233. The Court rejected Interstate Products’ argument that the ‘233 Patent was invalid. The judge declared Basic Concepts’ US Patent No 5,762,233 valid and infringed by Interstate Products Inc.
The judgment was issued on March 31, 2010 by U.S. Magistrate Judge William M. Catoe. The patent involved in the lawsuit describes a foldable spill containment berm and a support system for bracing the perimeter walls against a fluid spill.
Interstate Products has been ordered to refrain from any and all activities that would constitute direct or contributory infringement of US Patent No 5,762,233, through the remaining life of the patent. An undisclosed amount of damages were awarded to Basic Concepts as part of this judgment.

Basic Concepts is committed to aggressively enforcing its intellectual property rights relating to environmental products and technology that was invented, perfected and commercialized by the company. The company has a focused strategy to ensure its intellectual property rights in the area of environmental spill containment products are respected.
Basic Concepts is a veteran-owned small business located in Anderson, SC. Since the company’s inception, it has been an innovator in flexible, foldable secondary containment products and holds several patents in the area of environmental spill containment, as well as several pending applications.

Basic Concepts Patented Outside Strap Spill Berm

Well with the influx of news focusing on the Gulf Oil Spill over the past 85 days, there didn’t seem to much need to post. In fact, the oil spill was about all that was in the news and rightfully so… At just before 3pm Central time today BP stopped the leak with the newly installed cap. We are by no means out of the woods, there is still the potential for the pressure to build on the cap causing BP to open some vents again and there will be clean up efforts that last for who knows how long.

But with the immediate need addressed, it is perhaps time to start looking at the cost vs. benefits of this disaster. A long time ago, well before the inception of this blog, I realized that unless industry was shown that taking the precautionary steps were more economically feasible than “rolling the dice” with environmental accidents then it was unlikely to change the current industry mentality. Let’s face it, with government cut backs it is unlikely that enforcement alone would eliminate the likelihood of spills.

Billions of dollars will be spent by BP, thousands of lives have been impacted and hundreds of thousands of animals have been adversely affected or killed. That compares to the cost of possibly a few hundred thousand dollars or millions at most to do things by the book… Cutting corners simply does not pay, the risks to companies are too great. From a financial position alone, BP should reevaluate every employee involved in the decision making process and those reviews should not be favorable.

Again, simply look at the financials alone and forget the gut wrenching adverse affects to the the environment. If anything positive can come out of this disaster, it should stand as the end all be all case study for why it pays to take the appropriate preventative steps and run business processes in environmentally conscious ways where best practices policies are embraced.

Time will tell but if companies want to stay in the black on the books, they have to do whatever is possible to keep from spilling the black…

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