Troutman also envisions other applications for CCG’s fire-retardant technology.

“I think the logical thing is for us to take this patented technology and expand it into applications where fire performance is critical – bridges, grid structures or anywhere where fire would be a concern,” he says.

Mary Lou Jay is a freelance writer based in Timonium, Md. Email comments to

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