Article covers Cooley fabric being manufactured furing Gulf oil spill.
In a typical year, the Cooley Group would churn out between 30,000 and 40,000 linear yards of a membrane the company calls Coolthane, a highly durable material designed to contain hazardous spills.
But this is not a typical year. For the last two months, the Pawtucket manufacturer’s factory on Esten Avenue has cranked out 20,000 to 25,000 linear yards a week for customers that in turn are assembling the membrane into miles upon miles of floating oil booms.
The final destination: the massive oil spill that is fouling the coastline along the Gulf of Mexico. And with more than 1 million gallons of oil estimated to be leaking every day from an underwater well since an oil rig exploded and sank in April, the orders keep coming.
Cooley, which employs about 200 people at its headquarters in Pawtucket and plants in Cranston and in South Carolina, has shifted to a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week schedule to handle the increased demand.