GOLDEN, Colorado (CBS4) – More than a year after the start of the pandemic, a Colorado company is seeing its business skyrocket as it specializes in making a machine that does one thing: wash your hands for you. Hiring and production increased to meet demand.
“They’re automated hand hygiene systems, or they’re called clean technology systems. They wash and completely sanitize your hands in 12 seconds, ”said Paul Barnhill, Chief Technology Officer of Meritech. “Once you put your hands in the system will automatically turn on for the first 2 seconds, it will give you a potable water rinse, then it will mix Meritech’s proprietary hygiene solution with the water for you wash and sanitize your hands, then it gives you a clean water rinse off in 12 seconds.
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The company was founded in the 1990s as a solution to improve hygiene in hospitals. Now, because of COVID-19, schools, restaurants and even airports are installing the devices.
“A year and a half ago, restaurants were looking more to the back of the house for their employees to make sure their hands were clean. After the pandemic that moved to the front of the house to make customers feel more comfortable walking into a facility, ”said Will Eaton, vice president of sales and marketing for Meritech.
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More business means more hires at the company’s headquarters in Golden.
“Over 200% growth. We have tripled the size of our sales team. We had to redesign our fabrication shop to be able to add more workstations to meet demand, ”said Eaton.
Manufacturing staff has doubled, as has the space they work in to ensure they can stay a safe distance during the pandemic. The company hopes to eliminate human errors in handwashing and believes the focus will be on cleanliness and hygiene for years to come.
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“Automation really removes human error,” Eaton said. “Today the message is quite loud and clear, people fully understand how important hygiene is.”