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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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Flashback Friday: The Bradley sinks.
Happy Friday to you all! Check out this week’s flashback Friday photo! Tweet us @bradleycorp and let us know if you recognize anyone in these photos.

Hope you all had a good week. Enjoy the long weekend!

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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!

 

Happy Flashback Friday Monday! Check out this one. It was a two page spread with this awesome illustration of scientists washing up at a Bradley Washfountain. Presumably they just got done doing something like testing out a giant rocket, inventing tang, or any of the other thousands of awesome things scientists got to do during the heyday of the space race. There’s even a story to go along with it.
Illustration of Scientists washing their hands at a Bradley washfountain

Bradley’s Flashback Friday Monday
Each Friday (Monday for this one), 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! (two this week because you didn’t get one last week!)

Happy Friday to you all! Hope you had an amazing week. This Flashback Friday, we took it back to the 70’s, when knee high socks and bell-bottom pants were a big hit in high schools across the country. And the Bradley washfountain was the groovy place to meet and make plans for the upcoming dance. The good old days.

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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!

Happy first day of spring everyone! March 20th is the day that everyone begins thinking about spring cleaning. We also get this cheery feeling because of the blossoming flowers and chirping birds. But along with the wonderful sights and sounds of nature, come high levels of pollen, lots of coughing and sneezing. As a part of your spring cleaning this year, include handwashing and encourage your children, co-workers and teachers to do the same.

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When I was younger, our teachers always made handwashing fun with colorful soaps, and paper towels with fun designs because the plain old sinks were just not appealing. But now, there are products that can make hand-washing a lot more attractive.

The Bradley Wall-Hung Multi-Founts are offered in many schools and businesses. Thess washfountains has awesome features that both adults and children will love. Especially, the infrared feature, which makes the handwashing process a lot more simple. You just put your hands in the sink and the water will flow out onto your hands. This eliminates water waste and big water puddles everywhere. Not to mention that the Wall-Hung Multi- Founts have liquid soap dispensers, so that the water and soap are close together. And, since there is no manual faucet, you don’t have to worry about collecting germs from a dirty faucet on your freshly cleaned hands.mf2922_highres

Click here for a tutorial on the best hand hygiene practices from the Center for Disease Control.

What are some methods or products that you plan on using to encourage the people around you to wash their hands?

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The Washfountain was one of the coolest places for kids to hang out in the 80’s.And plaid was clearly the latest fashion trend. What was your favorite 80’s  trend? Teased hair? Neon colors? I know I was particularly fond my knew high socks. 

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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!

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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!

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Bradley Classic Washfountains: Terreon Classic, Stainless Steel, Terreon TDB

With so many options for hand washing fixtures you have to think about the application. Every day, I get calls from architects and engineers asking for help in deciding what washfountain to use for their project. My first question to them is always, “Where is the product going to be used, and what is the application?” Very often they haven’t really thought about the application. Factors like appearance, space available, ADA compliance, and water conservation are given more consideration than how the fixture will be used. While these other factors are important, the product specified has to consider the user.

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Terreon Classic

Classic washfountains are designed for heavy-duty hand and arm washing. The deep bowl, full spray ring, and lower bowl rim make it easy to wash up past your elbows while keeping the wash water contained in the bowl. If ADA compliance is required, the Terreon Deep Bowl provides the full spray ring with a bowl and pedestal designed for easy access by a wheel chair user.

The Sentry washfountains are designed for lighter duty hand washing, water and energy conservation, and ADA compliance. The .5 GPM individually controlled spray nozzles reduce water use when just hand washing is required but, while there is enough user space for occasional arm washing, the time required to clean up defeats the purpose of the lower flow rates and frustrates the user.

Author: Arnie Wilke, Sr. Product Applications Manager, Bradley Corporation

Bradley Washfountain Revit Family Models

The Bradley Revit Family Library features 35 washfountain Revit family models.

This is the final post in our 4 part series on our Washfountain bowl materials. Each Friday throughout September we featured a particular material and explaining what makes it special and why you might choose it over other available options.

Week 4: Bradstone

Bradstone WashfountainBradstone is a thermo set plastic formed under heat and pressure.  It is stain resistant, but the finish will be damaged by abrasive cleansers and, once damaged, the finish cannot be restored.  Bradstone is also very chemical resistant and will not be damaged by acid chemicals or chloride compounds.  After many years of abuse the bowl may get scratched and stained, but it’s not uncommon to see forty-year old Bradstone bowls still in service.  Because it’s light weight and low in cost, Bradstone works well for retrofit applications in manufacturing and repair facilities.

Read the other posts in this series
Week 1: Terrazzo
Week 2: Stainless Steel
Week 3: Terreon
Week 4: Bradstone

This post is the third in a 4 part series on our Washfountain bowl materials. Each Friday throughout September we’re featuring a particular material and explaining what makes it special and why it might work better in certain applications than another material choice.

Week 3: Terreon

Terreon Solid Surface WashfountainTerreon Solid Surface Material is made from a modified polyester resin with aluminum tri-hydrate and mineral fillers. It is certified by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to the ANSI standards Z124.3, Z124.6, and ANSI/ICPA SS-1-2001 for sinks and solid-surface material. Terreon is extremely stain resistant, chemical resistant, and reparable. Mild abrasives can be used to remove stubborn stains and scratches and restore the original finish. These properties make Terreon the most versatile bowl material and it can be used for almost any application where heavy-duty hand and arm washing is required.

Stay tuned for the final installment of the Washfountain material series next week!

Read the other posts in this series
Week 1: Terrazzo
Week 2: Stainless Steel
Week 3: Terreon
Week 4: Bradstone