Steam Innovation turns 80
In 2014 Hydro-Thermal Corporation celebrated 80 years of steam innovation with an event that harkened back to 1934. The celebration took place during Hydro-Thermal’s annual sales meeting which unites the organization’s sales staff and channel partners from around the world. Invited guests also included Hydro-Thermal customers, vendors, local government, current and past staff, neighbors and business associates.
Guests were greeted by a fleet of Model A automobiles, and also a 2015 Maserati, to drive home Hydro-Thermal’s spirit of continuous improvement and innovation. Many attendees dressed in the fashions of 1934. Some opted for a simple newsboy hat, while others went all out, dressing as old school bobbys, retro sports characters, swanky high society movers and shakers, and more.
The event featured period entertainment including live polka music, professional swing dance demos, and caricature drawings. The event’s keynote speaker, Chip Lutz, inspired with his perspective on unconventional leadership. Rounding out the attractions was a multimedia retrospective exhibit, complete with Busby Berkeley and 1934 MIT films, along with office and shop tours with a historical spin.
“It’s amazing to see how steam innovation has progressed in 80 years.” remarked Hydro-Thermal President, Jim Zaiser. “Looking back as a company has ignited even greater curiosity with our staff. We’re stoked for another 80 years!”