New Pig CorpYou have to be a little crazy to look at an old pair of pantyhose 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 shoveling up the cat litter that got spread
around leaky machines. Dusty clay pellets. Everywhere.
guys wouldn't take dirty for an answer – they cut up pantyhose 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 on the magic juju – ground corncob worked like a charm.