Last week Hach held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their new state-of-the-art research and development facility, Pikes Peak, in Loveland, Colorado. The new facility is approximately 95,000 square feet (about 8,800 square meters) of space, and houses advanced research and development work spaces, including 10 Obeya spaces, several testing and research labs, technology-enabled conference rooms and a one-of-a-kind EMC chamber.
"We could not be more proud to open this facility that I view as an investment in the future of Hach and our commitment to innovation," says Kevin Klau, President, Hach. "I want to thank Kornelija Zgonc, Karin Bogren and the entire building committee for the contributions helping this facility open on time, and on budget."
Pikes Peak is added to the existing Longs Peak and Torreys Peak buildings, all of which are named for Colorado's Front Range mountain peaks measuring more than 14,000 feet tall. The expansion is part of a $25 million-dollar investment, including updates to the existing facilities. With Pikes Peak, the campus now has more than 300,000 square feet of production, office and meeting spaces, and state-of-the-art laboratories.
Along with all associates in Loveland, Tom Joyce, the Honorable Jared Polis, U.S. Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Colorado, members of the Hach family, including Kitty and her two sons Paul and Bruce, and many other notable people from the Colorado community and extended family of former Hach associates joined for the festivities. Hach was fortunate to have so many great people in attendance to celebrate not just the ribbon cutting of Pikes Peak, but also to recognize Hach's 70th Anniversary! After some short speeches and the ceremonial ribbon cutting, associates and visitors enjoyed lunch, music, lawn games and tours of the new facility.
Celebrating 70 Years - Hach's History
Back in 1947, when Hach was founded by Cliff and Kitty in Ames, Iowa, their focus was on making water analysis simpler so that anyone that could read was able perform the tests. Those founding principles still guide Hach today as they develop easy-to-use products that allow customers to be confident in their analysis. Dr. Bruno Lange, beginning in Berlin in 1933, had many of the same ideas about providing innovation solutions to his customers. Both Hach and Lange began as family businesses and much of that spirit of community and teamwork remains today.
To learn more about the history of Hach take a look at their interactive history. It can be accessed via the Hach website or directly at www.hach.com/history. If you have a story or milestone you would like to share, click on the "share an improvement" link in the bottom right corner of the interactive history.