New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, July 17, 1991 Pago 7Aanniversary with open house
Safety device is ‘PAL’ to firemen
The employees of Detex.
turing facilities that were aging and not efficient, Mudford said.
“We were looking for a place to move and try to bring all of those four manufacturing facilities together
under one roof,” he said. “We really in the initial stages had no intention of leaving Chicago — that was histori-c a 11 y the homcbase and headquarters.”
The search broadened into the Sunbelt.
“We narrowed it down step by step and Texas always came to the top,” Mudford said. “We narrowed it down to Texas.”
And while Austin was the first choice, a meeting south of town led then company president Dan Sedgwick down Interstate 35 and accidentally discovering New Braunfels.
“Then things just seemed to fall into place,” Mudford said.
Dctcx traces its origins to Abraham A. Newman’s entry into the watch-cloek retail business in 1878. By the late 1800s Newman had well established his Newman Clock Co. and continued to be inventive. His “Newman” watchclock revolutionized the industry.
Detex will open its doors to the public Thursday from 1-4 p.m. with tours of the facility.
In 1906, Newman incorporated die Newman Clock Co. and sold half of his interest lo Charles E. Kenshaw. On his own, Newman later founded Chicago’s Watchman's Clock Works in 1910. He died in 1915.
In 1923, 14 years alter splitting with Newman, Reruhaw acquired the Watchclock Division of Hardinge Broilers and he acquired Watchman’s Clock and Supply Co. of New York and merged them with Newman Clock Co. and Keo Clock Co., forming a single firm, which he named die Newman Watchclock Corp Afterward die company was renamed Detex Corp.
Detex today employs DOI* than IOO people and is a worldwide marketer of industrial security hardware, access control, personal alarm devices and watchiour systems.
Robert MacDonald, director of marketing, said Detex exports eight to
10 percent of its product line with its largest market ut die Untied States and Canada.
In 'he future, Mudford said die corporation will continue to grow and expand its product line.
“I see us as being a major employer iii town ... I see us branching oui introducing new product lines,” he said.
“Our products probably touch everybody’s lives from time to tune,” MacDonald said “Just about every store and building you go rn there’s a product of that nature or our product
011 the door or alanin within the buildings.”
Activities begin at the plant, located at 302 Deles Drive off Farm-to Market 306, Thursday with a lunch for employees and an awards presell union. Mudford said among diose being recognized are employees who joined the company when it relocated to New Braunfels.
New Braunfels Mayor James Goudbread n expected lo speak at 11:30 am. and the open house with guided lours will run from I to 4 p m
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Congratulations to our friends at Detex on your Tenth Anniversary. We are proud to be part of your history.
One of Detex’s product lines — the Personal Alert Safety System (PALs) — had its beginning with a California fireman.
“A fireman had) this idea and con-1 ccpt in California.
He worked for the I Los Angeles city fire department and he was down in a fire and thought if he had an alarm or some-' thing he could call The PAL somebody to him (if he were in trouble). So he made a very rudimentary alarm with a switch on it to turn on and off and that was the beginning of the concept,” said Robert MacDonald, director of marketing for Detex.
That firefighter still works as a con-1 sultant for Detex, MacDonald said.
“He said that every piece of equip
ment that a firefighter has is aimed at getting him into the fire and protecting him while he’s fighting the fire and if anything should go wrong there was nothing at that time to save his life," said Anthony L. Mudford, vice president and general manager.
The PALs units include a 95 decibel directional alarm that’s easy to distinguish from others and it auto
matically sounds if the wearer remains motionless for about 25 seconds. Disoriented or trapped workers can also activate it manually. The unit does not replace the judgment and specialized training of workers in determining when to vacate an area.
Detex has worked with the Austin Fire Department in testing the PALs units.
Congratulations on your 10th Anniversary!
Hope the next decade brings new endeavors and much success.
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Congratulations on your 10th Anniversary
IVe stand with you in pride in our 56 years as a supplier to Detex .
IVe wish you continued success in your beautiful facility.
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