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PRESS RELEASE: July 6, 2018

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NEXT-GEN BRIDGE TIES USED ON THE NEW GENESEE BRIDGE IN NEW YORK STATE
Dual Treated Ties Using Cellutreat® Liquid Borate / QNAP® Copper Naphthenate

Knoxville, TN, July 6, 2018– Nisus Corporation offers congratulations to Norfolk Southern on the completion of one of the most beautiful railroad bridges in the U.S., the Genesee Arch Bridge in Letchworth State Park, NY. With the help of Modjeski and Masters Engineering, Norfolk Southern was able to replace the previous bridge that was built in 1875 with one that accounted for not only safety and efficiency, but demonstrates an aesthetically pleasing approach with a stunning, iconic span that complements the magnificent views of the Genesee River Gorge. 

A project like this can have long-term environmental impact and Kevin L. Kirkland, President / CEO Nisus Corporation, is proud of the strides Nisus has made supporting the sustainability of the railroad tie industry.  One of the main Genesee Arch Bridge components are railroad bridge ties that were dual treated using the latest Cellutreat Liquid DOT (borate) and QNAP (Copper Naphthenate) technology.  QNAP is an oil borne preservative. It is an EPA-registered, non-restricted use preservative made from recycled copper, making it sustainable from the start.  QNAP performs equally to other oil-borne preservatives, is clean to the touch, does not bleed and does not have to be disposed of as hazardous waste.  This allows for recycling or energy recovery after its primary use, which typically lasts 30-50 years for ties and 50-75 for utility poles.  Copper naphthenate is the leading oil borne preservative used to replace creosote in ties and pentachlorophenol in utility poles.

 

“The railroads are very focused on sustainability and Nisus products support that effort.  Being part of such an important project that will last for many generations demonstrates the core mission of Nisus as producers of sustainable, clean wood protection methods that work with the natural environment instead of against it,” says Kevin L. Kirkland, President / CEO Nisus Corporation.  

 

 

Nisus Corporation provides sustainable wood preservatives to the railroad, utility and lumber industries from its headquarters in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Rockford, Tennessee.  Nisus has experienced rapid growth since its beginning in 1990 and distributes more than 30 products to eight different industries across the United States and in seven international markets.  With proactive planning and technical expertise, Nisus is poised to continue its leadership role in sustainable wood protection. 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Linde Mills at 800-264-0870 or email at lindem@nisuscorp.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE: April 24, 2018

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Termites are thriving much further north than builders realize
Map Shows Where HUD Requires Termite Treatments for 
FHA and VA Loans on New Construction

 Knoxville, TN, April 24, 2018– Nisus Corporation has created an interactive termite map to represent termite treatment requirements for new construction FHA home loans.  Based on information found in the HUD Handbook 4000.1, red counties are where termite treatments are needed.

Typically, the further south you go, the more common termites are; however, global temperatures have risen 1.8°F since 1880, and seventeen of the eighteen warmest years on record have occurred since 2001,according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.  Termites become less active during the winter, especially in areas where the ground freezes. This climate change has implications for termite appearance in areas where they have historically not been common.

Higher temperatures mean increased activity and migration of subterranean termites.   Formosan subterranean termites are rapidly spreading from their subtropical footholds.  Drywood termites, which have been in the extreme Southern coastal areas have infested homes in the barrier islands off the Carolina coast within the first year of construction.

New construction financed by FHA or VA in the red counties pictured on the map will require a termite treatment.  Most conventional lenders follow the same HUD guidelines, meaning they may require termite treatments as a requirement for their mortgages.  It is clear that termites have spread to a surprisingly large area of the U.S.

Wood destroying insects can easily go undetected and cause major damage to a home.   Termite repairs are not covered by homeowner insurance, therefore, homeowners are responsible for repair costs of infested homes. The average expense ranges from $3,000 to $5,000; however, in many cases the cost can be $40,000-$50,000 if structural beams are impacted.  An initial termite treatment such as Bora-Care is an insignificant cost compared to the cost of damage repair.

If you are a builder or home buyer and have questions about new construction home treatments with Bora-Care visit:  http://nisuscorp.com/builders/products/commercial/BORA-CARE.   

Nisus Corporation is the leading manufacturer of sustainable pest control products and also provides sustainable wood preservatives to the railroad, utility and lumber industries from its headquarters in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Rockford, Tennessee. 

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PRESS RELEASE: April 6, 2018

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Nisus Corporation promotes Dr. Jeff Lloyd to Senior VP, Innovation and Sustainability

 Knoxville, TN, April 6, 2018– Dr. Jeff Lloyd has been named to the position of Senior Vice President, Innovation and Sustainability at Nisus Corporation. This position allows for a greater focus on key Nisus objectives. Dr. Lloyd joined Nisus on November 30, 2001 and has been responsible for research and development as well as opening new global markets. He holds degrees in Applied Biology and Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Preservation Technology from Imperial College at The University of London. With 27 years of experience in research, technical service and global wood protection, Dr. Lloyd has authored numerous scientific publications and holds several patents. A specialist in preservative biochemistry, formulation and utilization, and product development, Dr. Lloyd has had commercial successes covering the breadth of wood protection, structural pest management and forest pathology. 

“‘It is amazing to work at a company like Nisus where I have been afforded the freedom to pursue my passions – my love of renewable resources such as wood, and the environment. There is really nothing more fulfilling than taking a simple idea and seeing it being embraced by customers and then commercialized for the good of the industry and the environment,” says Dr. Lloyd. 

Dr. Lloyd is an advocate of maximizing responsible end uses for forest products while minimizing potential negative environmental impacts. This includes the sustainable use of wood in mass timber buildings, doubling the life of traditional wood products such as railroad ties and utility poles, minimizing carbon footprints and most importantly the permanent capture of carbon to reverse global warming. He especially enjoys working to achieve these objectives with multi-disciplinary research academics and industry experts around the world, as evidenced by his publications and their co-authors. 

Dr. Lloyd has been an invited and key-note speaker for many national and international organizations. He is active with the Treated Wood Council and the Railway Tie Association and was an executive member of the American Wood Protection Association (4 years). The greatest achievement of his career was being selected to serve as the three-year President of the International Research Group on Wood Protection, where he has been heavily involved since 1991. He still serves as chairperson of the Ron Cockroft Awards committee, an international scientific conference attendance award for young researchers which has awarded 13 grants for 2018.

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PRESS RELEASE: April 6, 2018

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Nisus brings in powerhouse VP of research and technology

 Knoxville, TN, April 6, 2018 – Nisus Corporation is pleased to announce and welcome Jamey Gaston as Vice President of Research and Technology. Gaston will be heading the Research and Technology Department with the responsibility of building a best practice innovative program from ideation to new product development. Gaston demonstrates a deep understanding of the challenges faced by research and technology to create next generation Pest Control Management solutions that demonstrate efficacy and sustainability. 

Gaston introduces a wealth of relevant product experience to Nisus. In his most recent role as Omnova’s Innovation Program Leader, Gaston managed product portfolios, acted as liaison between technology group managers and project managers, and leveraged a strong business acumen with technical knowledge to achieve long term, sustainable growth. 

“We are pleased to attract someone of the caliber of Jamey Gaston,” Says Kevin L. Kirkland, President / CEO of Nisus Corporation. “Jamey has immense technical knowledge and more than 20 years of experience in product development and successful project leadership. He is poised to make an immediate impact on our goal to develop more value-added products using proprietary pest control and preservative product technology.” 

Nisus Corporation is the leading manufacturer of sustainable pest control products and also provides sustainable wood preservatives to the railroad, utility and lumber industries from its headquarters in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Rockford, Tennessee. Nisus has experienced rapid growth since its beginning in 1990 and distributes more than 30 products to eight different industries across the United States and in seven international markets. With proactive planning and technical expertise, Nisus is poised to continue its leadership role in sustainable pest control and wood preservative solutions. 

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PRESS RELEASE: April 3, 2018

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Nisus increases territory management efficiency with strategic team member placement

Knoxville, TN, April 3, 2018– Nisus Corporation, known for its sustainable pest control and wood preservative products, is shifting their North American pest control sales territory to strengthen positive relationships with their customers.  As a result of these changes, long-time employee Harry Bryan will be taking on the strategic role of accelerating growth in the mountain territory which will benefit from Bryan’s years of customer service management and product knowledge.

 Bryan has been with Nisus Corporation for more than 20 years and will be responsible for account management in Tennessee and Kentucky.  He will also work to develop the mountain territory consisting of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.   His consistent success lies in his remarkable ability to build strong relationships with both distributors and pest management professionals.  Bryan will continue to drive sales, but will also promote Nisus products with PMP training and social media channels in the Pest Control community.

 “Bryan’s product knowledge and deep desire to educate clients demonstrates the dedication and support that starts at the representation level,” says Lee Barrett, Vice President of Nisus Corporation’s Pest Control Division. “His skill in finding clients the absolute best options and thinking outside the box is invaluable.”

 “I am excited about trail-blazing and sharing our approach to various pest challenges with an audience that includes my home state,” says Bryan.

 Nisus Corporation is the leading manufacturer of sustainable pest control products and also provides sustainable wood preservatives to the railroad, utility and lumber industries from its headquarters in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Rockford, Tennessee. Nisus has experienced rapid growth since its beginning in 1990 and distributes more than 30 products to eight different industries across the United States and in seven international markets.  With proactive planning and technical expertise, Nisus is poised to continue its leadership role in sustainable pest control and wood preservative solutions.  

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PRESS RELEASE: April 2, 2018

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New midwest territory manager brings strong customer service experience to Nisus

Knoxville, TN, April 2, 2018– Nisus Corporation is pleased to announce the addition of Midwest Territory Manager Jeff Caudill to their sales team.

Caudill’s main role at Nisus will be developing and maintaining a positive relationship with the company’s Midwest customer base and increasing brand engagement with core customers as well as introducing Nisus products to new pest control companies.  His 15 years of successful sales and account management experience will assist him in delivering client-focused solutions.  Current Midwest Territory Manager Harry Bryan will be working with Caudill for an extended period of time to introduce him to customers and ensure a smooth transition to the territory.  Once this is accomplished, Bryan will be serving a newly created territory.  Caudill comes to Nisus from Kness Manufacturing, where he served as a Sales Manager of their Western United States territory, covering 16 states. 

“Jeff brings great energy, customer education experience and tenacity to our sales team which will solidify our support and commitment to our clients.  His experience is crucial to the industry and he has proven success in developing strategic sales plans, identifying new points of sales and increasing sales of current product lines,” says Lee Barrett, Vice President of Nisus Corporation’s Pest Control Division.

“I am excited to join the Nisus team, a dynamic group of talented professionals. Nisus’ product offering is robust and sustainable, and helps pest management professionals provide exceptional services using quality products,” says Caudill.

Nisus Corporation is the leading manufacturer of sustainable pest control products and also provides sustainable wood preservatives to the railroad, utility and lumber industries from its headquarters in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Rockford, Tennessee. Nisus has experienced rapid growth since its beginning in 1990 and distributes more than 30 products to eight different industries across the United States and in seven international markets.  With proactive planning and technical expertise, Nisus is poised to continue its leadership role in sustainable pest control and wood preservative solutions.  

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PRESS RELEASE: October 24, 2016

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Blue is the New Green

Rockford, TN – Nisus Corporation announced today that their Bora-Care® with Mold-Care® product will begin shipping in blue bottles within the next few months. There is no change in the product or the package except for the color.

“Bora-Care with Mold-Care is the preferred product for protecting wood after flooding,” says Lee Barrett, Vice President of Nisus Pest Control Division, “and with the flooding in Baton Rouge and Iowa, our bottle inventory for the year was used up in about six weeks.”

Rather than waiting another few months to be scheduled with the bottle manufacturer for the normal green bottle, the company decided to do an immediate run along with a blue bottle that was being run for another company. This move ensures consistent delivery to PMPs treating for wood protection, especially critical in flooded areas.

Bora-Care with Mold-Care is in high demand for mold control after flooding for good reasons. “Disinfectants don’t kill mold in wood and are not very effective on porous materials,” explains Dr. Jeff Lloyd, Corporate Vice President of Research & Development at Nisus Corporation. “Mold-Care is 21 times more concentrated than disinfectants, and when combined with Bora-Care is synergistic. It not only kills mold, it also prevents mold as long as water in the wood is controlled.” 

 

In recent tests evaluating the effects of different fungicidal treatments against four common mold fungi, the USDA-Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory found that only Bora-Care with Mold-Care could control all test mold fungi. Other recommendations by universities including Louisiana State University, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Mississippi State University confirmed that only combinations such as Bora-Care with Mold-Care are effective treatments for flooded houses to kill and prevent mold, and even more importantly, to kill and prevent decay fungi and wood destroying organisms.

Founded in 1990, Nisus Corporation provides sustainable chemical solutions to a number of industries, including utilities, railroads, pest control, pool & spa and industrial wood preservation.

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PRESS RELEASE:  April 25, 2013Snail

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Tennessee Company Adds a "Green" Solution to the Fight to Rid South Florida of Giant Snail Problem

As the giant African land snail invades southern Florida, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has done extensive research on the eradication of this pest and has identified a number of ways to eliminate it. (See http://www.freshfromflorida.com/)

One product that pest control companies and residents can use is Niban® Granular Bait, an environmentally friendly productalready heavily relied upon in the professional Pest Control industry for the control of slugs and snails as well as other common pests.

Eighteen months after a Miami-Dade County outbreak, the giant pest is spreading rapidly; one giant snail can produce 100 eggs per month, live more than eight years and grow to more than six inches in shell size. The snails can carry disease and are a danger to crops, as they consume at least 500 different kinds of plants. They even threaten structures while munching on stucco and concrete in their search for dietary calcium.

Snails, including the giant African land snail, love Niban, manufactured by Rockford, Tennessee-based Nisus Corporation. Niban features a borate mineral salt as its active ingredient combined with an irresistible bait made from corn cob granules mixed with oils, sugars and other food grade attractants. Once the snails consume the bait, the borate acts by interfering with their metabolic ability to break down sugars to extract energy from their food; as a result, their cells “starve” and they die.

Baits are popular with the professional Pest Control industry because they can be formulated to be attractive only to the target pest, avoiding harm to beneficial insects such as honeybees. Furthermore, a borate-based bait is especially “green” as the mechanism that affects the target pests doesn’t act the same way on people, pets and wildlife. As an added plus, pests cannot develop a resistance to borates because of their unique action.

Niban is a weatherized bait that remains effective in heat, sunlight and four inches of rain, so it keeps working even in Florida’s climate. When FDACS’ applicators that are trained in controlling the giant African Land Snail use Niban, they apply it at an “application rate of 3.2 ounces (2/3 cup) to 6 ounces of granules per 100 square feet. The bait can be reapplied every four to six weeks, as needed.”

Nisus Corporation was founded in 1990 in Knoxville, TN and is the originator of Green Pest Management®. Nisus manufactures and distributes green products for professional pest management, wood preservation, mold control, disinfecting & sanitizing, odor control, plumbing maintenance and pool and spa management. For more information, visit http://www.nisuscorp.com.

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