Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing was formed in 2000 to commercialize bio-based lubricants and greases that had been created at the University of Northern Iowa’s National Agricultural-Based Lubricants Center. The UNI-NABL was founded in 1991, by Professor Lou Honary who is currently the ELM Chairman and President. For over two decades the UNI-NABL Center was a premier biobased lubricant technology developer with funding support from Soybean Growers of Iowa, USDA, DOE, and private agriculture industry. Dr. Honary, is world-renowned consultant and expert in biobased lubricants technologies and with him ELM enjoys the benefits of information developed at UNI-NABL Center. Resources include a book and three book chapters on the subject, 8 patents, and numerous articles and technical papers. ELM is the only known company in the world that utilizes microwaves for heating and processing biobased greases. Co-invented by Dr. Honary, the process of using microwaves has helped to reduce manufacturing cost to the point of bringing price parity between biobased greases manufactured at ELM and equivalent petroleum greases.