Bytesize Science takes an interactive look at how the brightly colored pigments we see everyday are made.
The DayGlo factory in Cleveland, Ohio, which was founded in the 1950’s by Bob and Joe Switzer, is responsible for making the fluorescent pigments that go into products ranging from toys to traffic cones. It is said to produce 4.5 million pounds of fluorescent pigment each year.
Bytesize Science‘s video takes a look inside the world’s most colorful factory and shows the process of creating the bright dyes so viewer’s can “learn how they make the famous fluorescent paints that light up traffic cones, black light posters, hula-hoops and so much more”.
The founders have had many successes over the years. Early on they developed a unique pigment production process that led to a boom in their fluorescent paint business and their company recently earned a 2012 ACS National Historic Chemical Landmark.
You can watch the video below to get a behind-the-scenes look at what happens in the factory: