OAK BROOK, Illinois (February 3, 2015) – Elkay, an American-owned and operated manufacturer of drinking fountains and bottle filling stations, this week produced its 5 millionth unit. This milestone achievement occurred at the company’s manufacturing plant in Savanna, which currently employs 220 people.
“We are proud to be celebrating our company’s 95th anniversary in this way: by continuing to provide clean, safe, drinking water solutions, built right here in the U.S.,” said Kraig Kniss, director of operations. “We have a rich history of product engineering, manufacturing excellence and outstanding customer service, and we look forward to continuing that tradition in the years to come.”
The Elkay Manufacturing Company has come a long way since being founded on the north side of Chicago in 1920 by Leopold Katz (grandfather to Elkay’s current chairman of the board) and his son Louis. Today, with more than 3,500 employees worldwide, Elkay is proud to be America’s number-one selling stainless steel sink company.
Over the years, Elkay has expanded from its base business to include the manufacture of faucets, water coolers, drinking fountains and bottle fillers. Elkay began producing water fountains in 1969 at its Broadview plant, and in 1989 the company purchased its plant in Savanna. Beginning in 1990, the 150 people working there were able to produce 600 coolers in an 8-hour shift. Since that time, the workforce in Savanna has grown to 210 people working in the plant, with an average tenure in excess of 13 years. There are also an additional 36 people working in Savanna in the areas of operations support, product engineering, customer/tech service and supply chain.
In 2010, the plant also began producing bottle filling stations. “This year we’ll be unveiling our next generation of the popular EZH2O® combo units,” said Franco Savoni, Product Director. “These units continue to provide a rapid fill of refreshing drinking water to quench thirst and minimize plastic bottle waste in the environment, but these new models are now loaded with enhanced features for sustainability and ease of use.”
Family-owned since 1920, Elkay has been making innovative products and delivering excellent, domestic customer care. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, Elkay expanded its commercial offerings over four decades ago, and today delivers world-class sinks, faucets, foodservice fixtures, water coolers, drinking fountains and award-winning rapid bottle filling stations. Additionally, Elkay Wood Products is one of America’s leading cabinetmakers in the marketplace, with industry leading brands that include Medallion Cabinetry, Mastercraft Cabinetry, Design-Craft Cabinetry, Innermost Cabinetry, Yorktowne Cabinetry, Schuler Cabinetry and American Cabinetry Collection. Like your family, Elkay has values and traditions that endure; like a commitment to sustainability and to our country. For almost a century, Elkay has been American-owned and operated, providing thousands of jobs that support our families and communities.