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Summer is not yet over and, as the heat turns up, people will be looking for relief. Most seek a pool or lake, but there is also an unconventional way to escape the heat.

Introducing the Bradley Fire Hydrant Sprinkler. This is a discontinued product for Bradley but Hydrant Sprinklers are actually still relevant today. Commonly thought to be illegal to open, there is a way to go about opening a fire hydrant and enjoying its cool water in a legal manner.

When opened illegally, a fire hydrant can release 1,000 gallons of water a minute. That waste of water can decrease water pressure drastically throughout a neighborhood and can also make it hard for firefighters to pump water out of other hydrants. Every city is different, but in New York City (where fire hydrant “sprinklers” are iconic) they have created a set of guidelines so citizens can use the fire hydrants legally and safely.

The first step is to call your local firehouse. In most cases they will then come down and open the hydrant for you and install a sprinkler cap. This sprinkler cap (much like the one Bradley use to offer) saves on water and keeps the water pressure in a neighborhood at a normal level. In New York City, the general rule is one fire hydrant per block may be opened.

Hope you enjoyed this peek into Bradley’s past. Stay tuned for more from the Archives!

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Source: Fertig, B. (2013, August 2). It’s OK to Open that Fire Hydrant… But Just a Little Bit. Retrieved August 12, 2014, from http://www.wnyc.org/story/309912-making-open-fire-hydrants-legal-and-safer/

 

Bathroom experiences can easily alter one’s view on a restaurant, business or school. According to Bradley’s 2013 Healthy Handwashing Survey, 64% of Americans say they’ll think twice about patronizing a business or will never visit again if the restrooms are less than satisfactory. Since restroom cleanliness is proven to be a large factor in the perception of a business, how do businesses detect and overcome uncleanly restrooms? Point-of-Sale survey kiosks may be the answer. Kiosks, much like the one pictured below, can quickly record and measure patrons’ reactions to their experiences. Usually seen when making a purchase at a store or online, some businesses are beginning to incorporate them into their restrooms. However, there are some positives and negatives to this idea. Positive: real time response to bathroom cleanliness so cleaning crews can act accordingly and keep the restroom presentable. Negative: Reliability of the survey. Will patrons be willing to touch the buttons of the kiosk if the threat of non-handwashers using the kiosk prior to them lingers? These are just a few pros and cons to this new use for POS surveys. Tell us what you think. Could your business or the businesses you patron benefit from such technology?

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Happy Friday! This weekend marks the first weekend of Summerfest here in Milwaukee and I am sure many of you are anxious to start the weekend with music and food down by the lake shore. However, before you take off for the weekend we want to show you a little bit of Bradley history. Like Summerfest, Bradley has been a part of Milwaukee tradition for decades. Pictured below you can see an old advertisement illustrating the versatility of Bradley products between different commercial settings.  From corporate buildings, factories, schools, hotels and even Summerfest, Bradley products can be found hard at work.

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“What do all of them have in common?” – old Bradley advertisement

 

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Washrooms at Summerfest featuring Bradley Corp. products

 

Bradley’s Flashback Friday

Each Friday, a little piece of Bradley Corporation’s history will be showcased on our blog. Most of these flashback features will be fun, historic advertisements and catalog covers of Bradley products. Stay tuned each week for something different!

Back in April of 2002 on a block between St. James Street and Mit Stegall Drive in Winnipeg, Canada, you would have stumbled upon a demolition scene that gave the feeling that you were in a post-apocalyptic time. However, on a gray day in April, amongst the rubble, a passerby found something rather interesting. A Bradley Washfountain was the lone survivor of the demolition of the Canada Metal Complex.

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The original Washfountain dates back to 1921. This revolutionary product changed handwashing in many factories and commercial washrooms. Each Bradley Washfountain could replace eight china sinks saving water, space and break time spent in the washroom.  It is no surprise that Canada Metal installed a Bradley Washfountain in their complex, but the mystery is why was it saved? Where is it now?

Using pictures the passerby provided, it was easy to locate the address of the picture taken in 2002.  As you can tell by the picture below there is a business named “Best West Pet Foods” near the location of the Fountain. A search provided an address and thanks to Google Earth a picture of the area 10 years later is also shown below. The rubble is gone and in its place is a large parking lot serving a “Real Canadian Superstore”. The Bradley Washfountain is since gone but the small blue box on the 2012 picture gives you an idea of where it would have been located 10 years ago.

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April 13th, 2002

 

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May 2012, Google Earth

 

Did someone think it was too unique destroy? Was it going to be recycled? Or, did the construction guys just become too lazy to move it the last 20 yards to the dumpster? Why the fountain was sitting there amongst the destruction we might never know. However, this picture illustrates the craftsmanship, innovation and quality Bradley invests into every one of its products. Even amid chaos, Bradley products stand strong.

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If you are not already familiar with Bradley’s Bradvans, you are soon sure to be.  Bradvans are on-the-go showrooms displaying selected Bradley products. Recently, Bradley updated their three-van fleet and put together an architectural sales blitz.  To help carry out this effort, Bradley has hired three summer sales interns. These interns have quite the summer ahead of them as they drive throughout the United States assisting Bradley’s Sales Reps and providing a seamless experience for customers. However, with the intense schedule of the three vans it can be difficult to stay connected with the locations they are visiting. If you want to stay up-to-date with the whereabouts of the Bradvans, make sure to follow the Bradley Bradvan Blog at http://bradvan.tumblr.com/. This page won’t just let you know where the Bradvans are, but will keep you updated on the cross-country adventures of the sales interns. Already this summer, you can take in the scenery with Patrick at the Eldorado Canyon State Park in Colorado, discover the animals at the Pittsburgh Zoo with Garrett and explore Chicago with Luke. There is more to come so don’t miss a beat. Follow the Bradley Bradvan Blog and keep your eyes peeled for a Bradvan out on the road.

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Bradley’s 6-person column showers have withstood years of use and abuse.  These showers accommodate moderate to heavy traffic throughout the academic year.  The largest user of these showers is the UW-Whitewater Swim and Dive Team, NCAA Div III.  The women’s team consists of roughly 30 swimmers/divers that utilize the shower facility every Monday through Saturday during their season (late September to mid March).  The local Club swim team, intramural water polo, and patrons of the Williams Center are also among the users of this particular locker room.

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Bradley’s 6-person Column Shower, UW-Whitewater Women’s Locker Room, Williams Center Athletic Complex

 

 

 

In support of the 44th Anniversary of Earth Day last month, Bradley’s Menomonee Falls and Germantown facilities participated in an electronics recycling and a printing challenge. Employees were encouraged to bring in old, unwanted electronics and dispose of them in a safe, environmentally-friendly manner. Every year, 80-85% of electronics end up in landfills or incinerators, contaminating the ground and air with harmful toxins.

Each facility was also challenged to reduce the average number of pages printed in a week by 10%. The Menomonee Falls location won the challenge, reducing their total by 12%! At Bradley, we are committed to continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. As a responsible corporate citizen, manufacturing premium-quality commercial washroom fixtures, we’re committed to using all resources wisely, as well as safeguarding the communities and environments in which we operate.

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At Bradley, we are committed to continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. We’re also committed to using all resources wisely as well as safeguarding the communities and environments in which we operate.

How is Bradley Green?

Advocate® is Bradley’s most environmentally friendly lavatory system. Most of the Advocates components are made of recyclable content and the system conserves energy.

Verge® Lavatory systems are made from Evero®, a blend of natural quartz granite, and recycled materials that-is more durable than granite and maintenance free!

Keltech tankless electric water heaters operate efficiently at the time of usage. Inefficient boiler systems waste energy cycling through heating water that might not be used and letting it cool to maintain temperature.

ndite® Technology: Express® SS and MG-series

  • Energy is stored in a proprietary battery-free system and provides energy to the sensor and valves
  • Works with normal room-level lighting – restrooms with 400 lux of lighting will provide a sufficient amount of light to power the system
  • Eliminates need for electrical hook-ups or any batteries
  • Environmentally-friendly technology
  • Saves money on installation and maintenance

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To learn more visit www.bradleycorp.com

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Happy Earth Day everyone! Today is the day we all celebrate and participate in making improvements to the environment any way we can. The first Earth Day dates back to 1970. Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wis.), was the first passionate advocate for protecting the environment and responsible for increasing awareness of environmental issues and creating what we all know today as Earth Day.

Bradley considers the environment as well when developing new products. Our latest lavatory system the Advocate® uses recycled solid surface materials. The wash station has an ultra low-flow faucet that results in 24% savings! To learn more about the Advocate® and other Bradley products please visit: http://www.bradleycorp.com/products

Many companies are doing their part by encouraging employees to use less paper and take public transportation to and from work, allowing some employees to telecommute, and using green materials and alternative heating systems when they rebuild or renovate. Here at Bradley, we have incorporated a program for the week to recycle all old electronics employees may not use anymore. Also, we are encouraging employees to save on paper by reducing our printing numbers by 10% during Earth week and plan to continue this program throughout the year.

For more information on worldwide Earth Day initiatives, visit this website: http://www.earthday.org/greencities/earth-day-2014/

In the meantime, think of how you can stay green and help the environment consistently.

Happy Earth day!

 

 

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Chicago Park District owns more than 8,100 acres of green space, making it one of the largest municipal park managers in the nation. Chicago Park District offers programs for youth, adults, and seniors. The park offers plenty of activities and is responsible for 26 indoor pools, 51 outdoor pools, and 26 miles of lakefront including 23 swimming beaches plus one inland beach. Popular attractions that fall under the management of the Chicago Park District include the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, which is located in Grant Park.  Proudly referred to as Chicago’s front yard, Grant Park is among the city’s loveliest and most prominent parks. Chicago Park District encourages people to get involved and volunteer and welcome the idea of being apart of the park!

For it’s renovation efforts, the Chicago Park District sought out a durable, yet attractive locker solution that would give the facilities a more modern look and protect patrons’ belongings. Park District wanted a solution that would last for years and one that they wouldn’t have to replace. Bradley Lenox® Lockers were the perfect fit for the park.The Lenox® Lockers have an ergonomic, ADA-compliant handle which operates less than five pound of force. The handle is secured through the door latch bar with stainless steel security screws. The one-piece locker box is designed to be rigid and secure. According to Anthony Hayes, project manager in facility management for Chicago park District, “Bradley’s plastic lockers have been a money saver for the district, and we have not had any maintenance problems. We’re very pleased with them.”

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