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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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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

 

 

 

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Back to school is right around the corner and that means making sure that you and or your children are ready for the upcoming year. Gathering school supplies, memorizing your schedule and picking out the perfect first day of school outfit is a yearly ritual many students go through. Not only do parents and students have to go through a check list of to-dos before the educational year starts, but schools also do their part by making sure the facilities are up-to-date and safe for students.

Offering a wide array of products to fit laboratory, restroom and locker room needs, Bradley is the go-to company that schools across the globe look to for their facility updates. At Grange Technology College – Bradford in West Yorkshire, UK, Sentry Washfountains replaced the outdated and damaged fixtures. Facility Manager, Melanie Royale stated “Sentry Washfoutains are modern looking and a little out of the ordinary, which certainly satisfied the students’ requirements. The Washfountain concept also met our need for a heavy-duty fixture and a need to conserve water.”

In Indianapolis, Indiana, the Washington Township School System took on the challenge to replace paper hand towels with touchless hand dryers throughout the entire school district. After installation of Bradley’s Aerix Hand Dryers, Phil Smith, Director of Operations told Bradley “When you look at the big picture, Aerix hand dryers have substantially reduced our facility costs. In just the 18 months that we’ve used Aerix hand dyers, the reductions we’ve seen in both electricity and maintenance expenses have been remarkable.”

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Closer to home, there are many schools here in Wisconsin that currently use Bradley products. At the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee one can find 27 Bradley recessed wall-mounted combination drench shower and eyewash units at the Lapham Hall research facility. The installation doubled the amount of safety fixtures in the building and the Department of Bio-sciences can rest assured that their students are safe. In Menomonee Falls at St. Mary Parish School all restrooms on the first and second floor were completely gutted to make room for a brand new design. The school installed Bradley’s Express Lav System instead of traditional china sinks. David Ciepluch, Director of building and grounds stated “I would definitely encourage facility managers to go the Bradley route. The benefits of a group hand washing system far outweigh installing individual wall-hung china sinks.”

Whether it is across the globe or right here in Wisconsin, Bradley Corporation has helped many schools, colleges and universities keep their washroom facilities clean and “green.”

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The University of Texas is home to one of the most renowned Olympic-sized competition pools in the world. The Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center is home to many elite level athletes and hosts nearly 40 national level swim competitions every year. Because of such high traffic, it is important that facilities, such as the locker rooms, are in pristine condition and are ready to withstand the moist and humid environment.

In 2007, the Swim Center initiated a month long renovation of the Center’s locker rooms. Charles Logan, Director of the Jamail Texas Swim Center stated “Our old metal lockers were plagued with terrible rust issues. My top goals for this renovation were to improve the overall look of the locker room, use sturdy lockers proven to uphold daily wear and tear – even in a moist and harsh area like a swimming area – and, ultimately, increase the overall satisfaction of those who visit our facility.”

All of the old and rusted metal lockers were replaced with Burnt Orange and White colored Bradley Lenox Lockers. These highly durable lockers were the perfect solution because they are made out of solid high-density polyethylene that is unaffected by by moisture, humidity, chlorine, and even odors!

The Jamail Texas Swim Center couldn’t be happier with their decisions to install Bradley’s Lenox Lockers.” Aside from their durability, they were very easy to install because they are shipped in one solid piece so they’re ready to go after unpacking. Plus, the lockers have been easy to clean and maintain – markers and dirt can be wiped right off with a rag and regular cleaning solution. Needless to say our staff has been very pleased.”

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Park is the home to the Colorado Rapids Major League Soccer Club and is the world’s largest professional soccer complex. This state-of-the-art complex has an 18,000 seat stadium and 24 practice fields. Among the various high-tech amenities that the owner, Kroenke Sports Enterprises, choose to incorporate into the stadium, Bradley’s Bradmar sold plastic toilet partitions made the cut.

The biggest draw for Bradmar partitions is that they are made out of one-inch think high-density polyethylene plastic. This plastic makes the partition resistant to moisture damage, odors, dents, broken doors and graffiti.  Mike Rock, General Manager or Arena Operations stated “Opposing Teams tend to take out their anger on the locker room facilities. Metal partitions can be easily dented.”

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park is pleased with their new Bradmar partitions. “I’ve checked every base – maintenance, engineering, the cleaning staff and construction crew – everyone has only positive things to say about the performance of our Bradmar toilet partitions,” Mike Rock, General Manager, Arena Operations.

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Pepperdine University, in Malibu, California, had lockers that had seen better days. The old metal lockers that were in the water sports locker rooms, as well as in the general locker rooms were outdated, and due to high traffic and water, they were very worn down. Pepperdine’s solution to their problem was installing Bradley’s Lenox Lockers.
 
Lenox Lockers are made out of highly durable materials that can stand up to the harshest environments and damage.
Heetland explained that his goal during the renovation was to use quality products as well as adding some “pizzazz” to the design. “From a recruitment perspective, it’s important that our locker rooms are furnished with quality materials and products. They also need to be clean and well-maintained and stand the test of time.”
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Another perk about Bradley’s Lockers is that they are ‘green‘. “We’ve been making an effort to ‘color’ our facilities green, so when we learned that Lenox Lockers are comprised of recycled material that’s also very durable, we knew it would be a positive choice” explained Dave Heetland of Pepperdine University.
Pepperdine University is very happy with their Lenox Lockers. Since installation they have had only positive feedback from maintenance and students alike.