December 2019 Featured Vendor: Cetco

Cetco: Our Standards. Your Peace of Mind.

CETCO Minerals Technologies

Minerals Technologies Cetco creates products that perform in an incredible range of projects. The applications of Cetco products range from waterproofing, foundations, maintaining slurry walls, pipe-lining, and water well drilling. In addition, Cetco collects the materials they use to create their products through mining in Wyoming. They oversee every step of production, making innovations in every sector. Also, Cetco supplies materials on a global scale, keeps employees happy, and consistently launches new products. 

James Cooper

James Cooper has been a Cetco representative for one year. “I cover from Kansas to North Carolina, so the entire southeast. Additionally, I travel three weeks out of the month.”

James said Cetco encourages and supports their employees with continual education.

“My background is in exploration, geothermal, water well, HDD, and foundation drilling. I started off at Slumberger and then went over to MI SWACO, which is a part of Slumbergrer. I did the HDD, mining, and water well in the northeast. Then I started working for Cetco.”

Education is an important part of Cetco’s philosophy. To create a product that is optimally efficient, each product needs to have a specific job. If a product isn’t added or mixed correctly, its efficiency will be compromised. Cetco trains employees and customers to use mixtures and additives correctly. They have videos on the internet explaining the properties of their products and proper usage. 

Innovation and education are central to Cetco’s past and future. Cetco continually participates in industry associations to share knowledge and collaborate. Cetco publishes an extensive list of associations they are members of on their website. In order to be at the forefront of innovation, Cetco has men on the ground collecting feedback and taking notes. Cetco uses their proactive approach to improve existing product lines and to create new ideas. 

Hydraul-EZ

“Hydraul-Ez is our most popular product,” James says. “It’s different than everyone else’s [bentonite]. Hydraul-Ez does more with less. It’s more efficient and the base ingredients are higher quality than other brands. Hydraul-Ez is a one-sack mix blended in Lovell, WY.”

Here’s How It Works

When drilling with bentonite, a protective “filter cake” forms on the borehole wall. This reduces the level of soil permeability and increases stability. The circulating bentonite slurry removes the drilled cuttings, bringing them to the surface. The bentonite mixture exerts hydraulic pressure preventing any collapse of the walls even when the excavation is below the water table. Bentonite slurry also acts as a lubricant for drilling tools. [Credit: Cetco]

Hydraul-EZ is one of our most frequently ordered products. To us, it’s proof that the higher-quality ingredients and specially-formulated slurry really works. If it didn’t, people wouldn’t order it over and over again.

Growth

For fans of Cetco products, there is something very exciting on the horizon. Unfortunately, James was hesitant to forfeit any details. 

“This year Cetco is launching some really awesome new products that I can’t give too much detail about. We’re coming out with a couple products that are going to change the game.”

Whether they’re creating more cost-effective and efficient products or refining industry standards, Cetco always has the customer’s success in mind. We have great anticipation for what Cetco plans to release.

“Yeah, so, it’s really exciting. We ran some field trials and received a lot of good feedback on this new technology.”

When pressed, James added that Cetco will introduce the new product in about 6 months. When it does come out, rest assured, there will be training available on proper mixing and disposal provided by Cetco’s field services team. Peak efficiency is what Cetco is all about. 

Cetco’s dedication to research and development has made them what they are today: a leader across multiple industries. Cetco continues to deliver innovative, exciting products and new technologies. Stay tuned, in six months, we’ll feature Cetco’s new product with information on applications, usage, and proper mixing! 

About Cetco

From Cetco’s website:

Products

CETCO provides high-performing products worldwide across a broad range of construction projects, including bentonite-based waterproofing for underground structures and drilling applications including foundation, slurry wall, tunneling, water well, and horizontal drilling. It also provides industry leading environmental solutions for containment and remediation of pollutants, including groundwater treatment, solidification and stabilization, and sediment remediation for commercial, industrial and infrastructure construction. CETCO is the world-leading supplier of state-of-the-art Geosynthetic Clay Liner (GCL) technologies, like its Resistex® line, for industrial, hazardous and municipal solid waste landfills, mining sites, and for containment of challenging residues such as coal ash from coal-fired electrical generation and red mud from alumina processing. 

History

CETCO has a long history of innovation and thought leadership. As global leaders, CETCO proudly teams up with a variety of industry associations to share our knowledge and research to ensure our industries continue to evolve. (including NGWA)

Commitment

Our commitment to research and development has helped make us a global leader in solving even the most complex construction and environmental challenges. Our extensively equipped laboratory and team of scientists develop innovative products and programs for a wide variety of applications, including customized project solutions. 

Besides our commitment to new product innovation, CETCO delivers customers peace of mind through their vast range of services built around engineering support and technical assistance. 

GCL Chemical Compatibility

  • Used to evaluate GCL chemical compatibility with site-specific leachates
  • pH and electrical conductivity
  • Major dissolved ions by inductively-coupled plasma (ICP)
  • Bentonite swell index and fluid loss (ASTM D6141)
  • GCL long-term hydraulic conductivity (ASTM D6766)
  • Additional site-specific testing may be available based on project conditions

The Leading Supplier of Drilling Products in North America.

Our complete line of professional products are specially designed to enhance the cost-effectiveness of drilling operations by controlling and improving drilling fluid properties. Each and every drilling product is supported by our experienced team of field engineers and research scientists.

Focused On Earning Trust

For the contractors, consultants, and engineers know that our sales and technical support can guide them through any project—from pre-construction and product selection to mixing and disposal – no matter how challenging the project.

Innovative Product Development

Whether we’re creating new, more cost-effective products or introducing premium products that lead the industry, we’re doing so with our customer’s success in mind.

The Industry’s Best Field Service Team

When you drill with our products, we want to make sure that your team is trained on usage, mixing and the proper disposal. Our highly trained field services team can make sure your drilling operation runs at peak efficiency.

Interview With a Cetco Employee

How long have you been with Cetco? Why do you like working for them?

As of right now, I’ve been with Cetco one year. They have a global presence and they’re constantly innovating and creating new technology. They look for gaps or needs in the industry and they create things to simplify applications.

What is corporate culture like?

They take care of their employees and promote continual education. It’s a great place to work. 

What is your top selling product? Why is it so popular?

Hydraul-Ez is our best selling product. It’s different than everyone else’s, and it takes less to do more. Hydraul-Ez is more efficient and the base ingredients are higher quality than other brands. It’s a one-sack mix blended in Lovell, WY. 

What territory do you cover? What drilling markets do you specialize in?

I cover from Kansas to North Carolina, so the entire southeast. Three weeks out of the month are spent travelling. My background is in exploration, geothermal, water well, HDD, and foundation drilling. I started off at Slumberger and then went over to MI SWACO, which is a part of Slumberger. I did the HDD, mining, and water well in the northeast. Then I started working for Cetco.

What direction is Cetco heading in the future, and what do customers need to know? 

This year Cetco is launching some really awesome new products that I can’t give too much detail about. We’re coming out with a couple products that are going to change the game.

Really?

Yeah, so it’s really exciting. We’ve run some field trials and received a lot of good feedback on this new technology. 

Can you give us a timeline?

The product will be released in about six months. 

About Cetco


CETCO

• Founded in 1990

• Created as a division under AMCOL International

• Visit Cetco’s Website
• About Cetco

Cetco’s Values


People

• The health and safety of people are placed ahead of all else.

• Cetco cultivates respect for individuals and for the diversity of cultures, beliefs, and perspectives.

Honesty

• Honest, open and ongoing communications are valued with our employees, customers, shareholders, suppliers and the communities in which we do business.

• Cetco uphold’s the spirit and intent of the law and conduct our affairs ethically.

Customer Focus

• We foster relationships with our customers based on trust and mutual benefit.

• We strive to enhance value to customers through improved product quality, customer service innovation.

Accountability

• We deliver profitable growth and higher returns for our shareholders.

• We manage our operations, our capital, and our business opportunities in a sustainable manner.

• We serve as good stewards of natural resources, and we employ sound environmental practices to protect the communities in which we operate.

Excellence

• We constantly seek new, innovative technologies and efficient business processes to remain a market leader.

• We drive for success by focusing on continuous improvement in all facets of the business – processes, systems, products, services, and people.

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