Our Story

Who We Are

We're a company with a really odd name... whose employees call each other "Piggers" or "Partners in Grime®." We create award-winning products to make your job easier... and we're absolutely, positively dedicated to helping our customers keep their facilities clean and safe. We know from experience that a clean, safe workplace is more productive.

Since 1985, New Pig has been providing innovative products and services to industrial, institutional and governmental facilities. We've grown into a multi-channel, multi-brand supplier of products designed specifically for leak and spill management, industrial safety and plant maintenance. Today, New Pig serves more than 200,000 customers in more than 70 countries.

What do we sell?

When New Pig invented the Original PIG® Absorbent Sock, the world's first contained absorbent, it revolutionized leak and spill control in the workplace. Today, we offer the largest selection of contained absorbents in the world: absorbent mats, socks, booms, pillows and pans. We also carry well known, proven products for material handling, personal protection, spill response, liquid filtration, maintenance, industrial wipers and workplace safety.

How can you buy from us?

We started our business with one of the most unique catalogs to ever hit your mailbox – the Pigalog®. Today, this award-winning catalog contains thousands of products guaranteed to help you keep your plant cleaner and safer.

  • Call us at 0800 919 900
  • Visit us online at www.newpig.co.uk
  • Fax us at 0800 731 5071
  • By Mail: New Pig Ltd, Hogs Hill • Watt Place, Hamilton International Technology Park, Blantyre • Glasgow,  G72 0AH

What makes us special?

What sets New Pig apart from the rest of the pack is our legendary customer service. Our Piggers know each of our products inside out, and they're standing by to help you. Have a technical question? No problem. Our Technical Services Department is ready to field your questions about even the most complex environmental and safety regulations. Dealing with New Pig is easy, enjoyable and reliable.

New Pig's History

Getting started

According to the record books, New Pig was founded in the state of Pennsylvania in 1985. But the truth is, our roots extend back even further. In the late 1970's, we were a few not-so-ordinary folks trying to make a living operating an industrial contract cleaning and maintenance company. Many of the jobs involved going into manufacturing plants and factories to clean their tanks, pits, cranes, silos, ceilings, walls and floors.

We meet the enemy — and it's clay!

We meet the enemy — and it's clay!

Our contract-cleaning precursor lost money on many of those jobs back then because our crews spent hours shoveling the loose, oil-soaked clay pellets (basically the same stuff that your cat uses!) that had been tossed around the bases of leaking machinery — a traditional solution going back decades in an attempt to gain a little traction. Not only was the loose clay a cleanup nightmare, but it also created an even bigger mess when it stuck to shoes and was tracked all through the plant and adjoining offices! Plus, dust from the clay would blow around and get into the moving parts of other machinery, causing even more problems. Not to mention the problem of disposal. There were mounds and mounds of clay to dispose of because it didn't absorb liquid... it merely became coated with it!

There had to be an easier, better way...

We knew there had to be a better way to soak up leaking, dripping oil—without the mess, damage and disposal headaches caused by clay. So we began to experiment.

First, we tried stuffing rags into the machines, then rolling them up and placing them around the bases of the machines. Nice try... but it didn't work too well. Then we put clay pellets inside the rags and placed them around the machine bases. Close... but not quite. We tried stuffing clay into a pair of basketball tube socks, but the sock material was too thick to absorb the oil fast enough. Getting closer... Finally, we took an old pair of pantyhose and filled it with clay. Better... the first sock that actually contained the leak or spill, but unfortunately, the socks required a lot of clay, making them just too heavy and cumbersome.

PIG® ORIGINAL Absorbent Sock

Although this prototype wasn't perfect, we knew they were on to something! We immediately hired a "research team" (two college students!) to further develop the product in a corner of our warehouse. Designated affectionately as "the Pig Pen," the research team began testing the absorption rate of many different materials. They poured waste oil on the floor, then tried to absorb it with an array of materials: ground-up diapers, newspaper, sawdust, sand, rice hulls and other unusual materials. None of them worked much better than clay.

Then, one day while cleaning walls and machinery at a local factory, an epiphany! Instead of using sand to blast grease and sludge off machines, we substituted ground corncobs, a less abrasive method of cleaning. As the ground corncobs accumulated on the floor, we discovered what we had been searching for — rapid liquid absorption! Within weeks the research lab produced a prototype — a nylon sock about 40 inches long and 3 inches in diameter, filled with ground corncob. Of course, since it looked like a long sausage, the "pig" nickname held firm. In a few weeks, "pigs" flooded local customer sites, and the feedback was good.

The year was 1985. Far lighter and much more absorbent than clay, the PIG® Absorbent Sock was born.

Why the Pig Name?

The Pig Pen was aptly named. With round after round of experimentation and product testing in constant progress, it was always messy. In time, our absorbent socks, lying in pools of dirty oil, acquired the nickname "pigs" because they looked like they were wallowing in the stuff!

Cofounder - Ben Stapelfeld

However, when it came time to trademark the product, we weren't sure that "pig" would be the best name for a new industrial maintenance product. After evaluating the word and the characteristics of the product, a large advertising agency advised, "Don't call your products, Pigs. Industry will never accept it." But our customers loved the nickname and so we took their advice instead. Continuing to disregard the advice of learned consultants, "Pig Corporation" was chosen as the corporate name. But when company co-founder Ben Stapelfeld went to register the name, he discovered that a Pennsylvania farmer had already registered the name "Pig Corporation." Undaunted, Ben simply added the word "new" at the beginning (a la "New England") to create "New Pig Corporation."

The "Boar" Facts on New Pig

Business

We help keep workplaces CLEAN and SAFE. "Partners In Grime®" with our customers since 1985, New Pig has grown into a multi-channel, multi-brand supplier of thousands of products for a clean, safe workplace. Everything we do – each new product innovation, service improvement, or new employee – is dedicated to helping our customers work smarter, faster and easier to keep their workplaces clean and safe.

Growth

Global, worldwide, and everywhere! New Pig provides innovative leak and spill solutions to more than 200,000 industrial, institutional, and governmental facilities in over 70 countries.

Products

Innovative, practical, and lots of 'em! When New Pig invented the first contained absorbent, the PIG® Absorbent Sock, it revolutionized industrial leak and spill management forever. Today, New Pig offers thousands of exclusive and innovative PIG® brand products, including sixteen Plant Engineering Products of the Year. Besides the world's largest selection of absorbent mats, socks, booms, pillows and pans, the expanding product line includes name-brand products in material handling equipment, personal protection, spill response, filtration, maintenance and clean room wipes, and workplace safety.

Legendary Service Advantage

The PIG® Advantage includes:

  1. Exclusive, award-winning products and innovations
  2. 100% money-back guarantee
  3. Shipping in 24 hours or less (most in-stock orders)
  4. Free technical support
  5. Four convenient ways to order:
    • Toll-free phone 0800 919 900
    • Toll-free fax 0800 731 5071
    • On the web at www.newpig.co.uk
    • Mail your order to:
      New Pig Ltd
      Hogs Hill • Watt Place
      Hamilton International Technology Park
      Blantyre • Glasgow,  G72 0AH

Multi-channel Distribution

PIG® Branded Products are available through our preferred distribution partners. Please call our Sales and Service Advisors on 0800 919 900 for more information.

Management

Alastair McSkimming, European Managing Director

Public Relations Contact

0800 919 900 or pigpen@newpig.com

Product Awards

We've invented a whole herd of award-winning products to solve the dirty, wet problems at your workplace!

We're committed to satisfying your needs, and you'll see this every day, from our legendary customer service to our product development efforts. Our constant contact with customers helps us understand your pressing problems and identify solutions. Your thoughts have helped us create product enhancements, new products—even industry revolutions!

Of course not all our ideas come from customers. We keep our eyes and ears on suppliers, industry trends, new regulations and association literature. Our engineers and product managers constantly gather info and churn out new possibilities!

The results since 1985: hundreds of inventions. Many of these have won the coveted Plant Engineering Product of the Year Award. Not that we aim for awards—we just want to meet your needs, one product at a time!

2014

  • ISHN Reader's Choice Award – Absorbents Category – PIG® Spill Kit in 5-Gallon High-Visibility Economy Container
  • “Product of the Year” – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® Build-A-Berm® Self-Rising Drive-Over Barrier
  • “Product of the Year” – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® Spring-Open Roof Leak Diverter Kit
  • Excellence in Surgical Product (ESP) Award – First Place, Safety CategorySurgical Products – PIG® Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat

2013

  • Environmental Protection 2013 New Product of the Year – PIG® Build-A-Berm Bladder Section
  • Governor’s ImPAct Awards, – Winner – Export Impact
  • Governor’s ImPAct Awards, – Finalist – Entrepreneur Impact
  • Governor’s ImPAct Awards, – Finalist – Jobs First
  • “Product of the Year” – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® 5 Gallon Latching Pail Lid
  • “Product of the Year” – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® Build-A-Berm Bladder Section
  • “Product of the Year” – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® Rapid Response Drainblocker Drain Cover
  • “Editor’s Choice Award” – WinnerPollution Engineering – PIG® Latching Lid for Fiber Drum
  • “Innovation Award” – WinnerProfessional Tool & Equipment News – PIG® Battery Acid Spill Kit in See-through Bin

2012

  • “New Product of the Year”Environmental Protection – PIG® Well Pad Liner 130
  • IMPOvation Awards – Winner/Top 15 – PIG® Grippy® Traffic Mat® Rug
  • Multichannel Merchant – Bronze – B to B: May 2012 PIG Grippy Mat Cross-Channel Campaign
  • “KING Awards” – Silver AwardNew Equipment Digest – PIG® Drum Containment Bag
  • “KING Awards” – Bronze AwardNew Equipment Digest – PIG® Latching Lid for Poly Drums
  • “Innovation Award” – WinnerProfessional Tool & Equipment News – PIG® Grippy® Absorbent Mat

2011

  • IMPOvation Awards – Winner/Top 15 – PIG® Grippy® Absorbent Mat
  • “New Product of the Year”Environmental Protection – PIG® Well Pad Liner
  • IMPOvation Awards – Finalist – PIG® Grippy® Absorbent Mat
  • “RISE Durable Product Award Competition” – Finalist – PIG® Grippy® Absorbent Mat
  • “Product of the Year” – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® Latching Lid for Poly Drum
  • “Product of the Year” – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® Drive-Over LEAKBLOCKER™ Dike
  • “Product of the Year” – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® LEAKTRAPPER™ Universal Absorbent Pillow
  • “Product of the Year” – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG™ Drum Containment Bag
  • “Product of the Year” – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® Oil-Only Absorbent Mat with Color Flare™ Technology

2010

  • “New Product of the Year” Occupational Heath & Safety – Hazmat Safety: PIG® Sheet
  • “Product of the Year” – GoldPlant Engineering – PIG® Oily Water Filter Bucket
  • “Product of the Year” – BronzePlant Engineering – PIG® Latching Drum Lid with FM-Approved Fusible Plugs
  • “Product of the Year” – BronzePlant Engineering – PIG® Absorbent Valve Wrap
  • “Product of the Year” – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® Transformer Containment Bag
  • “Product of the Year” – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® Grippy® Absorbent Mat
  • “Product of the Year” – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG™ Extra-Large Response Cart
  • “Product of the Year” – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® Fume-Removal Latching Lid

2009

  • "New Product of the Year" Occupational Heath & Safety – Hazmat Safety: PIG® Vapor-Control Latching Drum Lid
  • "Product of the Year" – GoldPlant Engineering – PIG® Vapor-Control Latching Drum Lid
  • "Product of the Year" – GoldPlant Engineering – PIG BLUE™ Absorbent Mat
  • "Product of the Year" – SilverPlant Engineering – PIG® Sheet

2008

  • "Product of the Year" – BronzePlant Engineering – PIG® Poly Spill Containment Pallet
  • "Product of the Year" – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® Leak Diverter for Pipes – Horizontal
  • "Product of the Year" – FinalistPlant Engineering – Fat Mat™ Super–Absorbent Mat
  • "Product of the Year" – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® Latching Drum Lid
  • "Product of the Year" – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® 5–Gallon Latching Pail Lid
  • "Product of the Year" – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® Pallet Containment Tray
  • "Product of the Year" – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® Poly Spill Containment Pallet
  • "Product of the Year" – FinalistPlant Engineering – Form–A–Funnel™

2007

  • "Product Innovation Award" – FinalistFlow Control – PIG® One-Hand Open-Head Funnel
  • "Best Brand" – Industrial Equipment News – Chemical Storage & Handling Equipment
  • "Product of the Year" – GoldPlant Engineering – Waste Collection and Pump Center
  • "Product of the Year" – SilverPlant Engineering – PIG® Drum Filling Shelf

2006

  • "Product of the Year" – GoldPlant Engineering – PIG® One-Hand Open-Head Funnel
  • "Product of the Year" – SilverPlant Engineering – PIG® Poly Spill Containment Pallet

2005

  • "Product of the Year" – GoldPlant Engineering – PIG® SPILLBLOCKER® Vacuum Dike

2004

  • "Product Innovation Award" – FinalistFlow Control – PIG® Burpless Drum Funnel
  • "Product of the Year" – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® Above-the-Ceiling Leak Diverter

2003

  • "Product of the Year" – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® Roll-Top Hardcover Storage Units
  • "Product of the Year" – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® SPILLBLOCKER® Dike
  • "Product of the Year" – FinalistPlant Engineering – PIG® Outdoor Pan Deck

2002

  • "Product of the Year" – BronzePlant Engineering – PIG® High Visibility Spill Kit
  • "Product of the Year" – FinalistPlant Services MRO Marketplace – PIG® Leak Diverter™

2001

  • "Product of the Year" – SilverPlant Engineering – PIG® Single Drum Roll Top Hardcover
  • "Product of the Year" – FinalistPlant Services' MRO Marketplace – PIG® Single Drum Roll Top Hardcover

2000

  • "Reader's Choice Award"Chemical Equipment – PIG® Poly Spill Containment Pallet (2 Drum) – November 2000
  • "Product Innovation Award"Flow Control – Drain It All™ Drum Siphon

1999

  • "Product of the Year" – GoldPlant Engineering – Drain It All™ Drum Siphon
  • "Product of the Year" – GoldPlant Services – Poly Burpless™ Funnel

1998

  • "Product of the Year" – BronzePlant Engineering – Ham-O® PIG® Mat

1992

  • "Product of the Year" – GoldPlant Engineering – SPILLBLOCKER® Dike

1991

  • "Product of the Year" – BronzePlant Engineering – Outdoor PIG® Pan

1988

  • "Product of the Year"Chemical Processing – PIG® Absorbent Sock

Marketing Awards

With a name like New Pig, it's no surprise that our catalogues, advertisements and other marketing communications tend to stand out from the herd. Beginning with the ad that promoted our very first product back in 1985, New Pig has been recognised for dozens of marketing achievements by a host of organisations.

The PIG® brand has always mixed a little bit of fun with the serious business of keeping you clean. Nowhere is this more evident than our Pigalog® catalogue, where our crazy, colourful covers have delighted customers (and judges) since our first mailing.

But at the end of the day our goal isn't to win awards. We want to make it easy for you to buy from us — and bring a smile to your face in the process!

2010

  • Multichannel Merchant – Gold – Industrial Supplies: January 2010 Big Pigalog®

2009

  • Defense Supply Center Richmond – Gold Award – Best Supplier
  • Multichannel Merchant – "Catalog of the Year" – UK Pigalog®
  • Multichannel Merchant – Gold – Industrial Supplies – January 2009 Big Pigalog®
  • Multichannel Merchant – Gold – International – UK Pigalog®

2008

  • Multichannel Merchant – Gold – Industrial Supplies – January 2008 Big Pigalog®
  • Multichannel Merchant – Gold – International – UK Pigalog®
  • Multichannel Merchant – Silver – International – BV Pigalog®

2007

  • Multichannel Merchant – Gold – Industrial Supplies – January 2007 Big Pigalog®
  • Multichannel Merchant – Gold – International – UK Pigalog®
  • Professional Recyclers of PA – Waste Watchers Award – Outstanding Achievement in Commercial/Institutional Recycling and Recycling Market Development

2006

  • Defense Supply Center Richmond – Gold Award – Best Supplier
  • Multichannel Merchant – "Catalog of the Year" – January 2006 Big Pigalog®
  • Multichannel Merchant – Gold – Business Specialty Products: January 2006 Big Pigalog®
  • Multichannel Merchant – Gold – International Category: The Big Pigalog – UK
  • Multichannel Merchant – Finalist – International Category: The Big Pigalog – German
  • Top 100 BusinessesPennsylvania Business Central – 2006

2005

  • The Andrew A. Notopoulos Award – Blair County's Outstanding Business Firm – 2005
  • Catalog Age – Gold – Industrial Supplies Category – January 2005 Big Pigalog®
  • Catalog Age – Finalist – International Category – 2005 German Pigalog®
  • Catalog Age – Gold – International Category – 2005 UK Pigalog®
  • Top 100 BusinessesPennsylvania Business Central – 2005
  • WebAward – Standard of Excellence – www.newpig.com

2004

  • Best Places to Work in PA – #12 - Large Company Category
  • Catalog Age Award – Gold – Industrial Supplies Category – January 2004 Big Pigalog®
  • Catalog Age Award – Silver – International Category – December 2003 German Pigalog®
  • Defense Supply Center Richmond – Gold Award – Best Supplier
  • Western PA Allegheny District Chapter of the National MS Society – Employer of the Year

2003

  • Catalog Age Award – Gold – Industrial Supplies Category – January 2003 Big Pigalog®
  • Catalog Age Award – Silver – New Business Catalog Category – March 2002 Facility Savers® Catalog (Premier Issue)
  • Catalog Age Award – Gold – International Business-to-Business Category – German Pigalog®
  • Defense Supply Center Richmond – Gold Award – Best Supplier
  • Top 100 Businesses in PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Business Central

2002

  • ABF – Quality Customer of the Year Award
  • Catalog Age Award – Gold – Industrial Supplies Category – January 2002 Pigalog® Catalog
  • Defense Supply Center Richmond – Gold – Best Supplier
  • I-Merchant Award – Silver – Industrial Hard Goods Category – www.newpig.com
  • Harvey Communication Measurement AwardIndustrial Equipment News – 2002 Facility Savers® Ad
  • Top 100 Businesses in PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Business Central
  • Pennsylvania Governor's Export Excellence Awards – Finalist

2001

  • Defense Supply Center Richmond – Gold – Best Supplier
  • Pennsylvania Governor's Export Excellence Award – Finalist

2000

  • "Best All Around Catalog Business"European Catalog & Mail Order Days
  • Catalog Age Award – The Industrial Supplies Category – January 2000 Pigalog®

1999

  • Defense Supply Center Richmond – Bronze – Best Supplier

1998

  • Catalog Age Award – The Industrial Supplies Category – January 1998 Pigalog®
  • Defense Supply Center Richmond – Silver – Best Supplier
  • Outstanding Advertising AwardOccupational Health & Safety
  • Outstanding Advertising in the Environmental CategoryIndustrial Product Bulletin

1997

  • Inc. Marketing Masters Award – Manufacturing Category – 1997 Marketing Masters Award Winner
  • Catalog Age Award – Gold – Industrial Supplies Category – January 1997 Pigalog®
  • TELLY Award – Bronze – Video Excellence in "Direct Marketing" Category – Pig®...for a Clean Workplace?
  • TELLY Award – Bronze – Video Excellence in "Video Catalog" Category – Pig®...for a Clean Workplace?
  • TELLY Award – Bronze – Video Excellence in "Use of Music" Category – Pig®...for a Clean Workplace?
  • TELLY Award – Bronze – Video Excellence in "Training" Category – Back On Track: At Work With Pig® Absorbents
  • TELLY Award – Bronze – Video Excellence in "How-To" Category – Back On Track: At Work With Pig® Absorbents
  • Defense Supply Center Richmond – Silver – Best Supplier

1996

  • Ozzie Award – Silver – Best Overall Design, Business-to-Business Catalog – January 1996 Pigalog® Catalog
  • Ozzie Award – Silver – Best Cover, Business-to-Business Catalog – January 1996 Pigalog® Catalog
  • TELLY Award – Bronze – Video Excellence in "Sales" Category – The Six-Step Waste Manager
  • TELLY Award – Bronze – Video Excellence in "How-To" Category – The Six-Step Waste Manager
  • U.S. International Film & Video Award – Creative Excellence in "Environmental Issues & Concerns" – The Six-Step Waste Manager
  • U.S. International Film & Video Award – Creative Excellence in "Advertising and Sales" – The Six-Step Waste Manager
  • Catalog Age Award – Gold – Industrial Supplies Category – January 1996 Pigalog® Catalog
  • Catalog Age Award – Silver – New Business Category – January 1996 Safety Select® Catalog
  • Catalog Age Award – Silver – New Business Category – Winter/Spring 1996 Pig's Fleet® Catalog
  • Defense Supply Center Richmond – Silver – Best Supplier

1995

  • Arthur Anderson Enterprise Award for Best Business Practices – National Winner in Partnering/Building Alliances with Suppliers
  • DMA International ECHO Award – Bronze – January 1995 Pigalog® Catalog
  • Catalog Age Award – Gold – Industrial Supplies Category – January 1995 Pigalog® Catalog
  • Defense Supply Center Richmond – Silver – Best Supplier
  • Ozzie Award – Gold – Best Overall Design, Business-to-Business Catalog – January 1995 Pigalog® Catalog

1994

  • U.S. International Film & Video Festival Third Place – Safety: Employee Oriented – Spill Drill Video
  • U.S. International Film & Video Festival – Silver Screen Award – Training & Education – Spill Drill Video

1993

  • Best of America Award – Regional Finalist
  • Intercom '93 – SilverSpill Drill Video
  • Intercom '93 – GoldContingency Planning Video

1992

  • TELLY Award – Bronze – Video Excellence in "Safety" Category – Contingency Planning
  • TELLY Award – Bronze – Video Excellence in "Training" Category – Contingency Planning
  • U.S. International Film & Video Festival – Certificate for Creative Excellence in Safety, Welfare, Insurance: Employee-Oriented category – Contingency Planning Video
  • Intercom – Silver HUGO Award in Environment and EcologyContingency Planning Video

1991

  • Blue Chip Enterprise Award – Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Ranked 64th on list of Fastest Growing, Privately-held Companies in the U.S.Inc. Magazine

1990

  • New Product Development & Outstanding Innovative Marketing Award – Product Development and Management Association
  • U.S. Small Business Administration – Exporter of the Year Award
  • Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Marketing Association – Marketing Excellence Award – Innovation in Industrial Marketing (April)
  • Blair County Business Hall of Fame Award
  • New York International Industrial Video AwardPigs on Parade

1989

  • Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers – Governor's New Product Award presented by Governor Casey
  • Pennsylvania Small Business Person of the Year Award

1988

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Recognition Entrepreneurial Spirit of Growth Award presented by President Ronald Reagan
  • Achievement AwardChemical Processing
  • Golden Eagle Award – Video Excellence for Spills Happen
  • Starch Award – Advertising Excellence

1987

  • Highest Noted Ad in Plant EngineeringCaps Readership Report
  • Outstanding Advertising Reader ResponseOccupational Health & Safety
  • Entrepreneur of the Year – U.S. Chamber of Commerce Recognition
  • Top 10 Best Read AdChemical Processing
  • Advertising AchievementEngineer's Digest

1986

  • Award for Best AdvertisementPollution Engineering
  • Advertising Award for Highest Noticed AdIMPO Magazine