EMC2 began when University of South Carolina graduates Jon Boswell and Brad Martin were cleaning up a secondhand 17-foot day boat. They noticed the paint was chalky, dirty, and peeling, and that some serious treatments were needed to get back in the water.
These two friends and former roommates were not satisfied with their paint choices. Martin, already familiar with current aerospace coatings, started tinkering in his garage to combine aerospace technology with marine paint. The finished product is now known as EMC2’s signature Quantum technology. This inspired Boswell and Mart in to launch a company to meet the need for better marine coatings.
They started EMC2 while both working other full-time jobs. They sunk $1,500, nights, weekends, and lunch breaks into getting it off the ground. After graduating from Charleston, S.C.’s Harbor Accelerator Program, they teamed up with industry vets Steve Schultz and Jim Ewing to produce and distribute the Quantum line.