During a recent visit to Hoover Dam—my first—I learned that a construction worker at the site invented the hard hat some 80 years ago.
While I thought I had stumbled upon a great little factoid worthy of sharing with you (OK, I heard it from the tour guide), it turns out the hard hat was actually invented by a chap named E.W. Bullard. Bullard used his experience as a doughboy in World War I to arrive at something he called the “Hard Boiled” hat in 1919. To me, it looked like two baseball helmets glued together, but hey, whatever works. The E.D. Bullard company, based in Kentucky, has been in the protective headgear business ever since.
Today, we take hard hats for granted. Yet, one has to wonder how many lives they have saved and serious injuries they have prevented over the decades since. All because of a rather simple idea.
“If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn’t any limit to what you can do with your business and your life,” said Harvey Firestone, founder of the tire company that bears his name.
As our story on page 42 explains, Lenmak Exterior Innovations Inc.’s Ray Turner had a good idea and ran with it.
“We’re trying to give the option of that real wood look with the 40-year paint warranty,” Turner says of a new product he’s begun marketing. It’s a steel-based exterior siding called NaturClad that looks like wood.
When the Alberta Steel Manufacturers (ASM) was formed last year-partly as a response to concerns about lack of awareness of Alberta's fabrication capacity among some owners and global engineering proc ...