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Haws® exhibited at the recent International Facility Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace Conference & Expo October 18-20, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The World Workplace expo is an event geared toward learning and relationship-building within the facility management field. Attendees were able to see hundreds of Facility Management toys, tools, and resources from the leading names in FM solutions, including Haws. The attendees were able to see product demonstrations, attend informational sessions, and have one-on-ones with exhibitors. Haws was in a unique position to be the only Emergency Response Equipment and Hydration Products manufacturer at this event.
Haws AG also displayed at the A+A in Dusseldorf Germany. All aspects of safety, security, and health at work were brought together October 17-20, 2017 at the international trade forum that is A+A. Haws was able to present our emergency equipment and safety solutions to a global and highly qualified expert audience of decision-makers.A Legacy of Innovation
By Stephanie Kilroy
One hundred and ten years ago, Luther Haws created a drinking solution that would become the first product for Haws Sanitary Drinking Faucet Company. Luther saw children drinking from a common cup on a playground at a public school; as a result, he invented a bubblerhead drinking faucet. This innovation sparked what would eventually be an enterprise business employing over two hundred employees globally.
The product innovation initiated by Luther Haws continued across generations. In the 1940’s, maintenance men from an oil refinery in Richmond, CA would come by the Haws plant in Berkeley to shop for parts: round ball type bubblers, flow regulator and fittings. After inquiring about the need for these spare parts instead of completed models, Haws was informed that these parts were being used to build equipment to flush eyes. Employees at Haws sought to understand the needs of the customer and began making these emergency eyewashes and drench showers for them. This was the unofficial launch of Haws emergency equipment products; the earliest drawings date back to 1949.
Haws employees have great pride in our innovative spirit which continues to thrive in 2017. One of Haws’ recent accomplishments has been the development of a professionalized R&D department. Under the leadership of Michael Joyer, new ideas are being generated regularly with many of these innovative ideas already introduced to the market. For example, the 7501T Tempered, Gravity-Fed, Portable Eyewash was one of the first products borne out of the R&D lab.
Haws is also called to innovate, not simply with new products, but in the way we do business. We are a stable, multigenerational family company, we are learning to change and improve processes. Haws employees are looking for internal efficiencies and ways in which we can best meet the needs of our customers. Recently, the Production team has developed a cross-training initiative aimed at flexing team work assignments to serve business demands.
These types of cross-functional, support teams are increasing and delivering impactful deliverables. In Q1, Marketing and Customer Service launched a Live Chat program on the Haws website to provide immediate access to customers. The Haws China website launch is another joint effort initiative intended to widen our global marketplace coverage. Launched in Q2 2017, this was a true collaboration between the Haws China and Corporate Marketing teams. And these are just a few of the examples of all the successful small and large activities that are helping drive change to redefine how we innovate, how we grow and how we foster a culture that is rewarding for all.
One hundred and ten years later, Haws continues our commitment to inventing, designing and manufacturing hydration products as well as standardized and customized emergency response products. With more than 8,000 distribution locations and 200 employees worldwide, we continually focus on quality, service, reliability and complete solution support. Headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, USA, Haws is globally represented with locations in Switzerland, Singapore, China, India, and Brazil. For more information on Haws, visit www.Hawsco.com.
Haws in Action: Hands-on education with elementary students to promote creativity and curiosity in the science and engineering fields.
Custom eagle and tree nest drinking fountain and a mural designed by students were unveiled June 5 at Veterans Elementary School – STEM Academy.
Together with Veteran’s Elementary School (Reno, Nevada) and other local manufacturers, Haws Corporation’s Research & Development team created and implemented a custom drinking fountain project for 1st and 5th-grade students for the 2016-2017 school year. After working with the STEM Academy faculty and students for several years, Michael Joyer – Haws R&D Manager, developed a new project idea that would allow the students to fully engage with an Engineering project to help make the connection between the creative and technical side of science, technology, engineering, and art. A drinking fountain was a natural choice for Michael Joyer and Mindy Haffke, Haws R&D Engineer, given Haws’ 110 years heritage as the original drinking faucet inventor with Berkeley School District. “From the beginning, this project was something our students held dear,” said Ron Jones, a fifth-grade teacher at the school who worked directly with the engineers. “They took great joy in considering their ideas, collaborating with their classmates, and creating something that will be on our campus for many years to come.”
Throughout the process of creating the fountain, the Haws team met with the students and helped guide their project by melding individual student design concepts together to create a bird’s nest drinking fountain with nests for the water bowls, eagle head bubblers, and a mister – a tribute to the STEM Academy’s Eagle mascot. The process involved 3D models, castings, and design changes with students participating monthly in order to realize a final creation. B&J Inc. donated the material and metal fabrication services to bring the student’s unique design to life and additional support services were donated by NeoMek and Zevado Corporation. In addition, students created a mural under the direction of art teacher Elizabeth Brooks and resource teacher Alita Lutrick. “It was a fun project to help the kids design their own fountain,” said Mike Joyer, R&D Manager of Haws. “We really enjoyed teaching them the engineering process from start to finish, and we hope this project inspires all of them to consider engineering careers when they grow up.”
To learn more about Haws specials please visit Haws Specials.9 Hydration Facts You Should Know to Help You Live a Better Life
1. Over 80% of adults and children live in a constant state of dehydration.
2. Not having enough water in your system may promote build-up of kidney stones. Water is needed to flush out waste products in order to dissuade kidney stones from forming.
3. Hydration is directly correlated with a person’s ability to concentrate. The ability to concentrate is critical in achieving outstanding performance in work and school.
4. If you feel hungry, try sipping on water instead. Fact is, hunger may be mistaken for your body actually needing water.
5. Waiting until you are thirsty is not the best indicator to let you know that you are dehydrated. The thirst mechanism will only kick in once you are already at a mild state of dehydration. Checking the color of your urine is the best indicator to being in a healthy state of hydration.
6. 75% of your brain is made up of water.
7. Water is the only drink that your body requires, next to being a vital element in human survival. We can only live without water for a few days.
8. Beer is mostly made up of water – 95% water and 5% alcohol. Drinking beer will not help with hydration, which is why you may get a hangover from drinking too much of it. A hangover is a strong result of dehydration.
9. Soda is a diuretic, causing you to urinate excessively. When this happens, you must drink water to replace the fluid lost or you will remain in a state of dehydration.Recent Haws® Product Sightings!
People from all over the world use Instagram to document some of life’s greatest moments to share with their followers. Haws is pleased to see that fans are posting pictures of their favorite Haws products. Thank you for letting us be a part of your day!
If you come across a Haws emergency eyewash, drinking fountain, Brita® Hydration Station® or any product, snap a photo, send it in and we’ll make you famous!How to Improve Water Intake During Fall in 5 Easy Steps
It’s officially time to pull out the parkas! Summer is over and fall is on the way. Your body may not be telling you that it’s thirsty with the colder weather, but hydration should still be a priority in the coming months. Below we’ve included some helpful tipson how to keep hydrated during the fall/winter months.
1. Bring a reusable water bottle with you everywhere. Snag this Nalgene water bottle and keep it filled throughout the day. This BPA free bottle can carry 32 oz of water and is essentially indestructible.
2. Prioritize water breaks. Keep a water bottle at your desk as a reminder to keep it filled throughout the day. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you every hour to drink water.
3. Use sea salt. Incorporate sea salt rather than table salt into your diet. Sea salt has a high amount of trace minerals, which help with hydration.
4. Drink warm water when the weather is cool. Add a tablespoon of honey and a slice of lemon to hot water and stay hydrated without dropping body temperature.
5. Eat fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are rich in water content and are a great source to stay hydrated. Cucumbers and lettuce carry 96% water!
#FBF: Haws® Drinking Fountain Filmed and Featured On How It’s Made
Back in 2011, the Discovery Channel sent a film crew to Haws to record a segment for their How It’s Made documentary television series on the making of a Drinking Fountain. The episode featured the Haws concrete pedestal Drinking Fountain, model 3060, and several talented Haws employees. The segment on Haws Drinking Fountains aired on the Science/Discovery Channel in the US on Thursday, November 15th 2012.
Luther Haws was a self-employed master plumber, as well as a sanitation inspector, for the city of Berkeley, California. In 1906, while on his rounds at a public school, Luther noticed children drinking from a shared tin cup. This unsanitary though typical arrangement inspired the inventor in him. Using available parts, Luther Haws assembled the world’s first drinking faucet.
The Haws concrete drinking pedestal drinking fountain is constructed and assembled onsite at Haws’ Sparks facility. The circular concrete pedestal includes a polished stainless steel basin, push-button operation, and vandal-resistant bubbler.
You can watch the full episode on YouTube for $1.99 here.