The army’s defense could soon be fueled on corn. In a continuing effort to discover new uses for corn, the National Corn Growers Association has invested with QMaxx Products Group to develop a bio-renewable gun oil for use in both the civilian market and potential military applications.
“The National Corn Growers Association recently completed negotiations with QMaxx to provide financial support for military specifications testing of their bio-renewable based cleaning, lubricating, and protecting (CLP) gun oil,” said Larry Hoffmann, chairman of NCGA’s Corn Productivity and Quality Action Team. “With our support QMaxx will submit a formulation derived from corn sweeteners to the Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC).”
The QMaxx formulation is designed to meet the high-performance standards required by our military. In addition, it will meet federal bio-renewable standards and reduce soldiers’ exposure to some harmful components.
Hoffmann, a former U.S. Army officer, said “It’s exciting to think CLP, a product I used almost daily in the Army, soon may contain the corn I produce every year on the farm.” Hoffmann further noted “while we project only a modest increase in additional corn demand from QMaxx’s CLP product there are other potential applications of this same corn-derived chemical that have significant market potential.”
“QMaxx is pleased to have this opportunity to work with the National Corn Growers Association,” said President and CFO Craig Hiddleston. “QMaxx has other initiatives in the works that will utilize similar corn-derived chemicals – we hope to work with the National Corn Growers Association on these initiatives also.”
Since 2010, QMaxx Products Group, a Fenton, Missouri-based company, has been developing, manufacturing and distributing anti-corrosion, water-displacing products for industrial and consumer markets. QMaxx uses state-of-the-art technology to interrupt the rust and corrosion cycle-creating a durable, long-lasting solution for rust prevention. It also has the benefit of being an all-in-one solution that cleans, lubricates, prevents rust and corrosion and protects all metal surfaces. QMaxx gun cleaning oils are popular with gunsmiths, hunters, and competitive shooters.
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