Much Ado About Foam

Have you noticed dark spots in the foam insulation of your ASL Solutions insulated DP, DP Hunter, or CRB? Does it seem odd to you that the insulation is in pellet form instead of solid panels? Where does the foam come from, anyway?Lucky for you, we've got answers to all of the above questions (and more)!Foam Products Corporation supplies ASL Solutions with big, super sacks of expanded polystyrene beads, or EPS for short. This is actually recycled material that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill! The recycled foam comes in different colors, so that’s why there are some darker spots in the insulation. The foam is originally from a huge block that FPC cuts with hot wires (amongst other methods) to shape the foam they sell to the refrigeration and insulation industries. EPS keeps the heat in the doghouse. Whatever FPC has left over after cutting the shapes they need is considered scrap, so they grind that up and sell it to ASL to use in the dog houses as insulation. It would&…

Meet the ASL Product Models: Norman Enzo Kieffer!

This is the first bio in our series of Meet the ASL Product Models written by our intern Skye Isabella Rose Iwanski.

Norman Enzo Kieffer
Norm looking thoughtful on a drive.
Norm is a gregarious, adorable joker. He’s a border collie/husky mix with a huge personality. Norm is a registered therapy dog with Pet Partners and certified in assisted play therapy. He loves working with people, especially kids. He’s an incredible little fellow with eyes that wrap you up in a big warm hug and an absolutely infectious smile--you can’t look at him and not smile right back.

Norm, hard at work!
When Norm walks into a room, he immediately wants to make people feel at ease:he seeks people out and nudges their hand until they’re petting him. He’s named after Norm from Cheers, after all. Norm likes to remind people that it’s normal to get around a little differently--he’s missing one of his legs, but that doesn’t hinder his agility at all. He can jump four to four-and-a-half feet in the air and clear a fence…

Jasper County CEO visit

Jasper County CEO visited ASL Solutions last week for a tour of the facility and to learn about the history of ASL.  Students were also treated to a brief discussion about the different types of intellectual property.

ASL Hosts Richland County CEO

ASL recently hosted the Richland County CEO Program. CEO is an entrepreneurial educational course for area high school seniors and ASL Co-owner Bob Guinn is a board member for the local chapter.

Retired Co-owner Howard Atkison came in to talk about the history of the company and to discuss the importance of protecting intellectual property.  ASL recently took the important step of trademarking the Dog Palace name. 

Plant Manager Charlie Guinn gave the group a tour of the manufacturing facility and warehouse.

Thanks to CEO Facilitator Sheri Gray for sharing photos from the event. 

Riley's Flying House

Meet Riley the 8yr old chocolate lab who piloted his Dog Palace through an F1 tornado.

Riley, the dog of Rob and Cheryl Stuhr of Bradshaw, Nebraska, went on a hair-raising ride of a lifetime on August 7when an F1 tornado picked up his dog house. The Dog Palace house was lifted from its position on the back porch up over the Stuhr's home and was deposited in the ditch along side the road adjacent to the front of their house. Unbelievably, Riley and his house came away unscathed.  Unfortunately, the same could not be said for several grain bins and trees on the property.  There was also some minor damage to the family house.

According to Rob Sturn, the family tried to find Riley as they headed to the basement for protection.  He was nowhere to be found and they had little warning about the tornado.  After the storm, they came out of the basement to find Riley with all his hair standing on end and acting a little wobbly.

Riley was unhurt although Rob admits that his temperament is a …