ABOUT US

We're hungry, we're loyal, and (if you play nice) we're a lot of fun.

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WE'RE INSTALLERS, ENGINEERS, SCIENTISTS AND ENTREPRENEURS (AND WE LOVE BEING THE UNDERDOG).

CleanFiber™ (formerly Ultracell Insulation) was conceived by veteran cellulose installers in Maine, who saw dwindling supplies of newsprint as a threat to their livelihood.

So they did something about it.

After creating a strong team, working like dogs for more than 9 years to perfect the process, and raising millions of dollars in investment, we're excited to be launching commercial production of certified CleanFiber in 2018.

We expect our state-of-the-art production facility in Buffalo to produce upwards of 3 million bags annually. And those high production volumes will allow us to offer our all-borate product at extremely competitive pricing.

We'll be shipping soon, so please let us know where to send your sample pallet!

 
 
 

OUR TEAM

 
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Jon Strimling
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

Jonathan Strimling has over 20 years of experience as an executive and entrepreneur, largely focused on the commercialization of innovative products and services, with a focus in renewable energy. Prior to CleanFiber, Jon successfully launched WoodPellets.com and SharpSpring (NASDAQ: SHSP). Jon previously drove innovations in manufacturability at GE Aircraft Engines, commercialized new renewable energy and water systems at DEKA Research & Development, and has held senior operating roles with American Industrial Partners. He holds Masters degrees in Engineering and Management from MIT’s Engineering School and the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. 

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Curt Fischer
Chief Operating Officer

Curtis Fischer has over 30 years of experience in operations, engineering, and supply chain management. His experience and diverse perspective have contributed significantly to the successful introduction of new products for early stage companies, as well as Fortune 500s. Prior to CleanFiber, Curt led a $500M supply chain operation for Teradyne.  Curt earned an MBA from Sacred Heart University and a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson.

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Kevin Christner
Vice President of Finance

Prior to working with CleanFiber, Kevin Christner has been advising startups since 2011, serving as a “full stack” financial executive from bookkeeping to complex financial structuring.  In that time period, he has completed over $25mm of transactions.  He has extensive experience in financial modeling, mergers & acquisitions, taxation, and business valuations.  He holds a BA in Economics and History, Cum Laude, from Denison University.

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Robert Hupper
Director of Plant Operations/Co-founder/Co-Inventor of CleanFiber

Robert Hupper is a process engineering expert, responsible for developing equipment requirements and optimizing our production process. He gained his extensive experience in the pulp and paper industry from serving as Process Manager at Verso Paper Company, where he was responsible for production operations and equipment maintenance. He earned his Associate Degree in Industrial Security, while serving in the U.S. Air Force.

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Katie Ehlers
Customer Advocate and Problem Solver

Katie Ehlers has spent the past several years helping launch new technologies, managing product testing, sales, and customer success. Originally from Long Island, Katie has had numerous customer facing roles focused on social impact. She enjoys problem solving and providing innovative solutions for customers. She holds a Bachelors in Speech Language Pathology, and a Masters degree in Social Sciences from the University at Buffalo.

 

 
 

OUR BOARD

 

Board of Directors

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Jon Strimling
Chairman/Director

Jonathan Strimling has over 20 years of experience as an executive and entrepreneur, largely focused on the commercialization of innovative products and services, with a focus in renewable energy. Prior to CleanFiber, Jon successfully launched WoodPellets.com and SharpSpring (NASDAQ: SHSP). Jon previously drove innovations in manufacturability at GE Aircraft Engines, commercialized new renewable energy and water systems at DEKA Research & Development, and has held senior operating roles with American Industrial Partners. He holds Masters degrees in Engineering and Management from MIT’s Engineering School and the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University.

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Mark Bernfeld
Director (Representing the Clean Energy Venture Group)

Mark Bernfeld is an experienced entrepreneur and investor representing the Clean Energy Venture Group. CEVG provides capital and management expertise to a select group of early clean energy companies that have the potential to mitigate climate change and to achieve attractive financial returns. The CEVG team is comprised of seasoned operating executives and investors with strong capabilities in the energy and environmental sectors.

Mr. Bernfeld previously founded Tamarack Technologies in 1993 with the vision of meeting our growing need to conserve energy and improve air quality in our homes. He remains owner and Board Chairman, where he continues to advocate for Tamarack’s mission to promote the reemergence of home cooling using outdoor air, and to make accessible to homeowners sensible solutions to the problem of unhealthy indoor air. As a result, Tamarack is widely recognized for quality and innovation in providing ventilation  solutions for the air we live in.

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Schuyler "Sky" Lance
Director (General Partner of SustainVC, LLC)

Mr. Lance is a seasoned investor who has been responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in investments over is career. 

He is general partner of SustainVC, a leader in backing innovative companies that look to provide meaningful social and environmental benefit to the world. Through its Patient Capital Collaborative funds and its close affiliation with Investors’ Circle, SustainVC has invested in numerous companies providing energy savings solutions using disruptive technologies and processes combined with highly scalable business models to produce rapid revenue growth.

Mr. Lance began his career with the Bank of Boston in its High Technology Division and later served with Pacific Life Insurance Company where he made investments in debt and equity, as well as in investment limited partnerships (private equity, mezzanine and venture funds). In 1990 Mr. Lance co-founded the private equity organization now known as Windjammer Capital Investors (with over $2 billion under management).

Mr. Lance has served on numerous boards of directors, and regularly advises companies in various facets of their financing and operations.

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Mark Brandstein
Director

Mr. Brandstein brings more than 30 years of experience in technology startup companies. His background includes executive level operations and business development at several technology startups and small companies. Prior to joining CleanFiber, Mr. Brandstein was the Chief Operating Officer of a mid-sized communications technology manufacturing company serving customer in over 80 countries worldwide. He has also served as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and/or Business Development for several technology startups serving telecommunications, healthcare, energy, government, electronic security, enterprise, and other industries. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA from the University of Southern California.


Advisory Board

Albert Hanser
Managing Director at Craig-Hallum Capital Group

Andrea Yodsampa, PhD
CEO, DEPLOY/US

Ben Littauer
Angel Investor

Chris Davis
Senior Director of Investor Programs at Ceres

Craig Ratchford
VP-General Manager USA at Quincaillerie Richelieu Ltée/Richelieu Hardware Ltd (formerly CEO of CalStar)

Dan Goldman
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Fund

Dan Thompson
Former President of Advanced Management Catalyst Inc., Green Comfort Safe, Inc, and former Board Member

David Miller
Co-Founder and Managing Director at Clean Energy Venture Fund

Dennis Costello
Former Managing Partner at Braemar Energy Ventures

Eric Chapman
Managing Principal at SustainVC

Eric Soederberg
President of Sunrise Labs

John Gavigan
Former Exec Director of 43North, Chief Operations Officer at SomaDetect

Michael Bilodeau
Former Director of University of Maine’s Process Development Center

Mike Malouf
Leading NASDAQ analyst at Craig-Hallum

Pier LaFarge
Co-Founder & CEO at Sparkfund