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About Us

Since 1992, Impact has manufactured and distributed the complete XSORB product line through a growing network of distributors and representatives throughout the United States and Canada. In 1995, Impact began marketing on an international level.  Impact has expanded to a full assortment of absorbent and safety products as we have anticipated and met the needs of our customers.


Impact maintains and continues to expand its leadership role in the absorbent and safety industry. Impact achieves this by pioneering highly effective economical products that prove safe to the user and the environment. Impact is dedicated to making a difference! Leading edge technology, research, and training has made Impact a leader in its field.


Impact is a woman-owned business lead by founders Patricia and Gary Tharp.  Their family and a group of dedicated professionals have worked hard to establish Impact’s brands in the commercial and industrial marketplaces.


The Tharps started the company in 1992 to produce an absorbent material named XSORB.   The company started as a small family operation in their garage, and, as the demand for the product grew, the company expanded its product line to over 300 spill and safety products. Impact Absorbents, Inc. now occupies a 45,000 sq. ft. headquarters and manufacturing plant in Atascadero, California. Six of the employees are family, but other employees are treated as family as well.