A couple of weeks ago, the folks at NPR's All Things Considered noticed that more and more high speed hand dryers were appearing in bathrooms and thought it would make an interesting piece for the show. The story ended up featuring Excel Dryer's Dennis Gagnon and the development of the Xlerator hand dryer, which was one of the first high speed hand dryers. The producer of the piece, Andrea Hsu, reached out to NetDryers seeking more information and thought leadership on industry and market trends, and we set up a time for an interview with Robert Siegel, one of the show's hosts.
I headed down to the office of Chicago's NPR affiliate, WBEZ, and spend a very interesting hour with Robert, discussing how the many high speed hand dryers that have been introduced in the last 5-10 years have changed the landscape of American public bathrooms, but also why paper towels are still favored by most Americans and facility managers. We were also able to make the case that, in the future, we expect that more and more bathrooms will feature hand dryers, often as an option to paper.
The piece aired Monday, Feb. 4. Here is the link to the story.
Part 2 of the story (which aired Tuesday, Feb. 5) discusses why motors for the Xlerator (and other products) are mostly manufactured in S. Asia. Here is the link to the story.