You have to be a little crazy to look at an old pair of tights and ground-up corn cob and think, "That would make my job a lot easier." We were, and we did.
It was 1985. Our founders were working up a late-night sweat cleaning oil and grime from filthy factories. The worst of the nasty jobs was shovelling up the cat litter that got spread around leaky machines. Dusty clay pellets. Everywhere.
But our guys wouldn't take "dirty" for an answer – they cut up tights and stuffed 'em with everything from sawdust to rice hulls. They laid these things in pools of oil to see what would happen. Not much. Fortunately, the word "quit" wasn't in their vocabulary. So they kept at it until they 'hit the jackpot' – ground corncob worked like a charm.
When that prototype "sock" sat in a pool of oil, it looked like it was wallowing in the slop. Someone called it a "pig," and the name stuck. Some big city advertising people told us not to use it, but what did they know? Our customers loved the nickname, so we took their advice instead.
And, when it came time to give our company a name, co-founder Ben Stapelfeld chose 'Pig Corporation'. Unfortunately that name was already registered to a local farmer. Out of respect to farmers (and lawyers), we added 'New' to our name. Voila! 'New Pig Corporation' was born.
When we started out, our products weren't the only things breaking new ground. We were also the only company who found fun in industrial absorbency. We've worn our share of pig hats over the years, and we continue to create extraordinary products with character to match.
When we invented the Original PIG Absorbent Sock, the world's first contained absorbent, over 30 years ago it revolutionised leak and spill control in the workplace.
Along the way, we've picked up 29 Plant Engineering Product of the Year awards – more than any other company. And, more than three decades later, we're still the brains behind the products that blow ordinary out of the water.