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Kolene Celebrates 80 Years of Innovation

Tuesday, March 26, 2019  

March of 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of Kolene Corporation. Founded in Detroit by John H. Shoemaker in 1939, Kolene started its tradition of solving commercial and industrial metal cleaning challenges. Still owned and guided by the Shoemaker family, Kolene continues to develop, sell, and service proprietary cleaning processes to a wide range of industries.


The majority of Kolene's processes are based on proprietary molten salt technologies. Kolene provides both custom engineered molten salt furnaces to melt the process chemicals and also patented chemical formulations to provide the cleaning medium. Unlike molten salts used for metal heat treating, molten salt cleaning systems employ chemically active ingredients that react with paints, powder coatings, glasses, metal oxides, and a myriad of other undesired contaminants.


Kolene's more common process applications include casting cleaning, alloy descaling, paint & powder coating stripping, and cleaning grease, carbon & paint from used engines prior to rebuild. Many other unique niche processes have been developed over the decades to solve specific customer needs.
"Our diverse portfolio of process technologies are at work providing new technology solutions to a diverse group of industries, ranging from locomotive and aircraft engines to dental braces and medical stents," according to Roger L. Shoemaker, Chairman and CEO.


Kolene still remains in Detroit and employs engineers, scientists, applications specialists, sales & service experts, and talented administration personnel. With decades of experience, Kolene continues to invest in new product and process development and looks forward to its continued success.