FMC hosts product launch in its hometown

|  May 22, 2019
FMC team

From left are Dan Carrothers, commercial director, FMC North American Professional Solutions Kevin Laycock, marketing manager, FMC Professional Solutions; Zack Zaki, director of FMC Global Solutions; and Amy O’Shea, VP and business director, FMC North America Agricultural Solutions. PHOTO: HEATHER GOOCH

Philadelphia, Pa., has been home to many greats: Betsy Ross. Rocky Balboa. Cheesesteak. Boyz II Men. The Fresh Prince (originally). And now, Scion Insecticide with UVX Technology.

The Philadelphia-based manufacturer kicked off the formal product launch with a cocktail reception Tuesday night on the 25th floor of its headquarters building, FMC Tower. Attendees included representatives from Forshaw Distribution, Helena ProfessionalSiteOne Landscape SupplyTarget Specialty ProductsUnivar Solutions and Winfield United.

“I think some time ago, we started talking about more innovation to the industry and we’ve been bringing a lot to the industry,” Dan Carrothers, commercial director of FMC’s North American Professional Solutions, told attendees. “Scion is something really special… this product could have been launched three years ago. The team at the time made the decision that that wasn’t going to be good enough. It was good, but it wasn’t great. Since then, the team here at FMC, the Stine Research Facility and all of the different places around the world were working on the formulation aspect. Tomorrow, you’ll hear why it took it almost three years to get ready to go before we were satisfied with the product. And we’re extremely satisfied with it.”

Carrothers tells PMP that the active ingredient of the pyrethroid gamma-cyhalothrin was created specifically for the specialty products market. Scion’s tagline is “The longest lasting protection under the sun.”  With the definition of “scion” as “heir apparent,” the time seems right to have this product, with favorable test results in even harsh conditions (10 minutes at 120°F on bare concrete for both German cockroaches and Argentine ants), make its debut.


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