North American Research Corporation was founded in 1969 by Robert F. Clarke (Bob). After receiving a small loan of less than $500 Robert began manufacturing the cleaner known as Coilox Concentrate in his garage on the weekends, and calling on the maintenance departments of hospitals, hotels, and universities during the week. Through his hard work and diligence Coilox Concentrate began impressing user after user.
In 1971 Bob revolutionized the HVACR coil cleaning industry by formulating the industries first foaming condenser cleaner, Nar-Coil Concentrate, which changed the way condenser coils were cleaned. Bob traveled around the country demonstrating Nar-Coil Concentrate. Product sales greatly increased as there were no other foaming cleaners available at the time. Bob would have HVAC professionals clean their condenser coils with what they had been using, then they would clean the same coil with Nar-Coil demonstrating what a really clean condenser coil looked like. Shortly after, Bob formulated Nar-Foam, the industries first alkaline based foaming condenser coil cleaner.
Throughout the 1970’s Bob scoured the United States and Europe selling these formulations to industrial end users. The product line expanded to include cooling tower scale removers, ice machine cleaners, and various specialized products. North American Research Corporation continued to grow, never sacrificing quality. During this time the wholesale market boomed and Bob created the sub-company, "Hydro-Balance Corporation" to accommodate the wholesale market. Today's Hydro-Balance products enjoy worldwide distribution through various equipment manufacturers and independent wholesalers.