Tubing manufacturer Freelin-Wade Co. is making news with a new type of tubing and its community involvement.
The company in McMinnville, Ore., has added polypropylene tubing to its product offerings, as an economical upgrade for customers that currently use polyethylene tubing.
Think of polypropylene tubing as an upgrade to polyethylene, said Scott Schwarm, national sales manager. It's more durable and resists [ultraviolet] rays and moisture. Plus, it's FDA-compliant, just like polyethylene.
Freelin-Wade said PP meets Food and Drug Administration rules for food contact. It has low surface friction, resists staining and has excellent chemical resistance, the company said.
Meanwhile, for a fifth-consecutive year, Freelin-Wade has joined forces with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in those fields.
Freelin-Wade is a Silver Supplier of the FIRST Robotics Competition.
More than 1,800 high school teams from around the world received kits containing parts in January. Included were packs of transparent, neon-yellow FreThane polyurethane tubing from Freelin-Wade. The company added a 50 percent off discount coupon for the teams to place custom orders.
This is the fourth year that Freelin-Wade officials will be in Atlanta for the championship event.
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