As an entrepreneur, Dan Parker has rarely been scared to embark on new ventures. But honestly, what successful entrepreneur ever is?
After all, being afraid to take chances sort of defeats the purpose of being an entrepreneur.
Most successful companies don’t start with thousands of employees and annual profits in the millions. No, most companies start with a single person or group of people, and a dream. Then, the roller coaster of a journey that is running a business begins. Millions of moments occur along the way, from making major decisions, experiencing harrowing consequences, and feeling the rush from times of joy and aches from times of sorrow. All this is rolled into what we call the entrepreneur experience. This experience has been, and continues to be, like a wildly successful theme park, constantly expanding on what we offer consumers and always in a state of exponential growth. Since we have a customer first mentality, we recognize that in order to properly meet product demand, expansion is imminent. C.I.Agent Solutions is proud to announce we’re finally here… The groundbreaking!
The start of something even greater than we ever imagined.
On Thursday, July 7, 2016, the staff at C.I.Agent Solutions officially broke ground on our new, 35,000-square-foot headquarters, located on Otto Knop Drive off of Electron Drive. We’re happy to say we’re moving because of stellar, sustained growth that has caused us to outgrow our current facility. Since we don’t plan on stopping our momentum anytime soon, this is the only option. Be sure to stay connected with us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter over the next year, as we regularly update our followers on the construction progress.
In the meantime, we hope you’ll enjoy this interactive timeline, in which we share a just a few of the millions of moments that led us to where we are today. Despite all the success we’ve experienced, we believe this is just the beginning of our journey as a company … and we can’t wait to see where it takes us!
IRST dba C.I.Agent Solutions History
In honor of a beloved employee no longer with us, Dan Parker announced that Employee Appreciation Day, which falls on the first Friday of every March, will be known within our company every year as Donavan Carey-Smith Day.
In early 2015, Dan Parker had an epiphany when he realized that few too many of our customers were aware of all the various oil containment applications that were available because of our innovative technology. He spent several months working with the marketing team to launch the free, interactive Secondary Containment Solutions Tool on our company website.
New partnerships are solidified with complementary companies we once considered competition, such as Strongwell Corporation.
IRST purchases land on which to build new corporate headquarters.
C.I.Agent Solutions is granted U.S. Patent No. 8,986,822 for Agent-Q, also known as an “OIL IMPERVIOUS DEVICE WITH HIGH WATER FLOW RATE.”
A new digital media marketing team releases a revamped corporate website design to embrace and promote the company’s “New Vision” for success.
A line of Vault and Manhole Maintenance Solutions for underground electric utilities is introduced.
C.I.Agent Solutions launches a new blog as part of streamlined digital marketing efforts.
In light of dismal sales from the external sales force, the company leadership initiates a complete overhaul of how manufacturing sales reps are managed.
Dan Parker seeks treatment for alcohol abuse out of state.
Following his recovery, Dan develops a “New Vision” for the company to mainly focus our growth strategy on secondary oil containment, rather than spill response; the plan for success anticipates much growth, despite lacking the physical SPACE in which to expand.
After witnessing the potential for a quilted blanket containing C.I.Agent Oil Solidifying Polymers for oil containment on water, Agent-Q becomes a reality!
Begins consulting with Dr. Rakesh K. Gupta, Ph.D., for third-party tests and validation, due to his expertise in non-wovens and textiles.
A storage facility is constructed on English Station Road to create more space in the warehouse.
C.I.Agent Solutions is named winner of the Phoenix Award in the 2010 Greater Louisville Inc.credible Awards. The award represents a company’s ability to rise up from a disaster and be stronger for it.
Dan Parker and Dan Koons appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC. The hearing entitled, “Harnessing Small Business Innovation: Navigating the Evaluation Process for Gulf Coast Oil Cleanup Proposals,” focused on small businesses obtaining contracts from the federal government to support clean up of the Gulf Coast oil spill.
BP requests C.I.Agent Solutions to consult on the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill. A response team with a trailer and an RV headed down to help and remained on location in Louisiana for 4 and a half months.
C.I.Agent Solutions acquires a new division called C.I.Agent Stormwater Solutions, to provide solutions for water filtration, diversion and monitoring. Including in that division is Aqualytical, developer of the CLAM, an innovative device designed to revolutionize the water monitoring industry.
C.I.Agent Solutions declared 5th fasting growing company in the Louisville Metro area by Business First’s Fast 50. Also named #24 in 2008, #14 in 2010, and #29 in 2011.
Expansion begins on current facility, to add nearly 2,500 square-feet of manufacturing and warehouse space.
C.I.Agent Solutions introduces the EVAC Filtration System for utility vault dewatering.
C.I.Agent Solutions begins working with Marathon Petroleum to develop Scupper Filters for scupper drains on vessels.
At investor meeting, Dan Parker announces great profits and the plan to expand current facility.
IRST launches the Cost Recovery Program, a new division of the company created to help emergency services recover costs associated with emergency cleanup.
The company offers turnkey solutions to a major utility, meaning we walk the site, determine needs, prepare site plan, and install the secondary containment. This actually serves as the forerunner to the CIAS Turnkey Approach we promote today.
A fire in the manufacturing area at the corporate office caused $175,000 worth of damage, but no down time in production.
C.I.Agent Solutions becomes a separate division of IRST to provide an organization with a mission to provide environmentally friendly oil containment solutions.
Board of Advisors are chosen and start meeting regularly.
Year ends with sales up 400% from previous year.
Hurricane Katrina strikes. IRST packs the in motor home with supplies and drives down to help NOAA during assessment of damages.
Dr. Tom Hanley, Chemistry professor at University of Louisville J.B. SPEED School of Engineering, agrees to come on board as a consultant for the company.
IRST is sued for patent infringement by a competitor. The case against us was eventually dismissed without prejudice.
Sales are up 700-800%, due to obtaining some major electric utility customers.
C.I.Agent is finally recognized as a solution for the electrical utility market.
After initially struggling to break into the electric utility arena, IRST receives a large order from a Kentucky Rural electric co-operative. The timing of this is significant, as the company had gone broke twice before this and would not have survived without this order.
Per recommendations based on the standard sales structure within the electric utility industry, IRST begins building a network of manufacturing sales representatives to help promote and sell C.I.Agent applications across the United States.
IRST begins developing a C.I.Agent imbedded product that would expand the company’s markets into the hydrocarbon filtration and storm water industries. Agent-X is born.
IRST purchases a new building and moves its corporate office and all inventory to Louisville, KY.
The first installation of C.I.Agent in a secondary containment application takes place at a Michigan substation. Barrier Boom, as it was originally called, goes through many changes throughout the years, evolving into the versatile Oil Filtration Walls/Panels it is today.
IRST meets Brian Warner, an Environmental and Safety engineer from a Michigan utility company, who suggests the use of C.I.Agent products for secondary oil containment of substations and transformers.
IRST uses C.I.Agent Oil Solidifying Polymers to clean up first spill in Louisville at McAlpine Dam, adding credibility for C.I.Agent to be used on waters of the U.S.
On Site Waste Management founded IRST, a new division to focus on hydrocarbon management through the use of its flagship product, C.I.Agent Oil Solidifying Polymers.