Products - Safer Choice Disclaimer

A better product, a better environment


Introduction: L-44 “SSC Soogee” is a new and recently added product to our growing line chemical cleaners specifically designed for Marine and River Operations. We are very pleased to announce its “arrival” and addition to the “L-44 Family”. As with all products that bear the L-44 trademark logo, SSC Soogee has been reviewed and certified by the U.S. EPA under the Standards and Criteria for the “Design for the Environment (DfE)” Program. This achieved recognition allows our product label the right for use of the U.S. EPA/DfE Logo and tagline “Recognized for Safer Chemistry” We are pleased with this accomplishment and proud to be designated as a “Recognized Partner” of this “focused” EPA program for environmental and safety concerns.

EPA/DfE Recognition

While L-44 SSC has undergone the same scrutiny by the EPA as have all other products in our trademarked line, it is a bit different from the others with respect to its certification for “Direct Release” to the environment. The requirements for this recognition are a more detailed and intense examination of its chemical profile. The toxicology studies completed on L-44 SSC confirm that no lasing harm results if it is discharged to land or waterways. In some cleaning applications, chemistry may be unintentionally or unavoidably spilled to the environment. While we would never suggest any chemical cleaner to be intentionally poured in the waterways, L-44 SSC has been EPA approved for applications where such spillage may result.

Formulation Development:

The development and formulation for L-44 SSC began with a request from a river operations company particularly known and respected for their corporate focus on all issues of environmental concern. From this initial request, research with leading outside chemical expertise, inside formulation evaluations, and multiple communications with our membership agencies specifically dedicated to research for chemical alternatives determined for environmental safety. These agencies included the “EPA”, “CleanGredients”, “GreenBlue”, “NSF International”, and ultimately “The DfE Team” for final recognition and approval of our new product.

Cooperative Values

We are exceptionally privileged to have had been presented this opportunity from an honored member in the river operations industry. We feel the interchanges of all involved represents a “Perfect Example” of how industry, manufacturing, and regulatory agencies can and have worked together to achieve a common goal resulting in a safer approach for chemistry. This is not just a nice feature of our product. It exemplifies “the value of the process”; a cooperative effort of many that results in a better product, a better environment, and combined, dramatically supports a real and greater value; a better planet for us all.


L-44 “SSC Soogee” was specifically designed for use in cleaning the outside surfaces and super structures of all marine vessels. “Soogee” is an old nautical terminology that refers to cleaning outside tugboat surfaces. It came into use back when all river vessels were made of wood and required frequent cleaning to order keep their appearance and image looking good. L-44 SSC is an efficient and easy answer for this continued “Look Good” industry image, without any negative consequence for our waterways.

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What People Say

  • “Our company enjoys a very special supplier relationship with the Henry A. Petter Supply Company of Paducah Ky. To have our L-44® products associated with this historic and respected 105 year service provider to the river and marine industry is a an enormous privilege and advantage for our company. We are humbled for our association with Petter’s known reputation in the industry”

    Henry A. Petter Supply

  • “Thanks again for the opportunity to test your L-44® degreaser in our harbor fleeting operations. I now see why you had enough confidence in your product to offer a free sample for testing. Boy, were we pleased with the results! It’s nice to see a degreaser that not only cleans well, but also one that is safe for our employees and our equipment. Thanks again for opportunity to test your degreaser.” You now have a new happy customer!

    Terry F. Ferebee
    VP Vessel Operations, Helena Marine Service, Inc.

  • “I wanted to take a minute to thank you and Custom Compounders for putting out the L44ECD degreaser. Our crews use your degreaser on a daily basis and feel that it preforms very well. As the manager of our facility I appreciate the fact that your degreaser is user friendly, environmentally friendly, and meets or exceeds our government standards. I regularly pass the information on L44 along to others that we work with in the industry including fuel and oil suppliers.”

    Karl Berthelot
    Manager BMI Ste. Gen.

  • “I have worked for Luhr Bros. Inc. for 26 yrs on the boats and in their office. I came in the office in 1996 as a Safety Manager. We have been using the “L-44 ECD” Degreaser for about 4 yrs. From my perspective as a Safety Professional, the L-44 “ECD” Degreaser we are using is better than any other degreasers we have used by far. With “L-44 ECD” Degreaser we have an environmentally safe product, and no crew members having to attend medical facilities due to being burned by direct skin contact. Also it does a great job cleaning our engines and not fading the paint job. I encourage all the river companies to give it a try.”

    Bill Klingel
    Luhr Bros Inc. Marine Division

  • “We enjoy an honored privilege for the opportunity extended our company by Joe Brantley of AEP River Operations to have L-44® ECD Degreaser evaluated as part of their corporate “Go Green” mission aboard the mv. Donna Rushing. We are uniquely indebted to AEP, and for the detailed efforts of Rob Korte and Jim Wilson for their testing reviews of L-44® ECD on multiple tugboats of the AEP fleet."

    Project Go Green

  • “I have been using degreasers for many years and have never had the quality of degreaser that I am now using with the L-44 ECD. It reduces the amount of time I have to spend in the engine room cleaning which allows me more time to concentrate on my other duties. The younger generation of engineers are going to be spoiled by using a higher quality of degreaser than we had to use in the past. They will spend less time cleaning and no burning or skin irritation when it comes in contact with your skin.”

    Rick Myers, Chief Engineer, M/V Twyla Luhr