North Olmsted, Ohio... In an effort to increase the availability of hygienic handwashing facilities, North Olmsted-based faucet manufacturer Moen, has developed and gifted the City of Cleveland with 28 touchless handwashing stations, innovated and custom designed for this purpose. Installed in early summer, these stations can be found outside at various public parks, recreational and community centers, and other heavily-trafficked public areas, such as Public Square in Downtown Cleveland.
"I want to thank Moen for their donation of touchless hand washing stations and for working as a community partner to reduce the spread of germs and bacteria within the City of Cleveland,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “The pandemic is not over. In addition to washing your hands, I urge residents to continue their work in slowing the spread of coronavirus by social distancing and staying home whenever possible.”
The sanitization stations are placed in areas where these amenities did not previously exist and aim to help spread awareness of the importance of proper hand hygiene.
“As we heard healthcare experts repeatedly emphasizing the importance of washing hands, we recognized the immense threat of COVID-19 and realized there was a need for public access to soap and water in our community. Our more than 80 years of expertise in the plumbing industry combined with our leadership in the community inspired us to take action to help solve the need immediately,” said Cheri Phyfer, president, Fortune Brands Global Plumbing Group. “Once the idea for these handwashing stations was born, our innovative team of engineers, while working from home, began the design process by sketching blueprints, sourcing materials and products, and diligently working to help ensure Cleveland’s residents have a means of washing their hands to stay safe and healthy.”
Each station includes a sink, hands-free faucet and soap dispenser. Users simply place their hands in front of the fixture’s touchless sensor to activate the flow of water and soap. The water is supplied via a connection to a nearby building or water source. Led by Moen, all of the equipment for each of these terminals was donated by businesses within the Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc., family of brands. Moen donated the faucets and soap dispensers, and MasterBrand Cabinets® and Master Lock® provided additional components to complete the design.
“As a business rooted in the area for decades and a leader in the plumbing industry, it’s our responsibility to ensure our city’s residents are able to follow the recommended guidelines to help combat the spread of infection,” added Phyfer. “It’s critical that as a community, we do everything in our power to help take care of one another as best we can – we’re all in this together.”
To learn more about Moen visit moen.com or call 1-800-BUY-MOEN (1-800-289-6636).