Thursday, May 17, 2012

NYS SBDC Manufacturer of the Year: Vincent Lobdell of Health Way Home Products

From the Watertown/Oswego SBDC

Vince Lobdell, President of HealthWay Home Products, Inc. has received the award of NYS SBDC Manufacturer of the Year. Mr. Lobdell formed HealthWay Home Products Inc. in October 2004 after 30 years of experience in the air purification industry.

HealthWay, located in Pulaski, New York, is a manufacturer of patented low energy medical-grade indoor air filtration equipment. The Company holds many US and International patents on Enhanced Germicidal Filtration (EGF) technology as well as multiple product design patents. The Company also holds patents on air quality diagnostic equipment and auto-control sensing devices for indoor air quality machines. HealthWay manufactures products for both residential consumers and commercial institutions. Tests administered at the University of New York at Buffalo prove these devices to be 100% effective at capturing viruses, bacteria, molds and fungi from the air. The products are so effective that they are approved by the FDA as Class II Medical Devices.

HealthWay’s products are proven to produce results that exceed the Asthma & Allergy Foundation’s recommendation by 50% and offer the only germicidal kill of bio-aerosols in the industry. These factors differentiate this technology from competitors’ and make these products very attractive for commercial applications. Organizations that have already benefited from HealthWay’s superior commercial devices are the Mayo Clinic, USA Federal Reserve Banks, Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, Ronald McDonald Houses, VA Medical Centers, and Children’s Hospital Medical Centers. The Company has also developed an inline commercial product that exceeds Green Building LEED Platinum Certification requirements.

Under Mr. Lobdell’s leadership the Company has developed a strategic partnership with Pure Solutions, LLC to provide the PURE Solutions Allergy Friendly Room to hotels. HealthWay products are essential to creating the patented PURE rooms. The Company, in conjunction with Pure Solutions, finalized an agreement in June 2010 with Hyatt Hotels Corporation to provide PURE rooms in each of their hotels in North America (4,100 rooms). Other hotel companies such as Hilton, Marriott, Double Tree, and ITC (in India) have also installed PURE rooms.

HealthWay Inc. has experienced solid sales growth since its inception. From 2007 through 2011, sales grew from $3.8 million to $5.1 million. During this time the number of employees grew from 19 to 41. To date in 2012, the Company’s sales are running 38% above last year and open orders are 122% above this same time last year. HealthWay’s sales growth has been such that the Company was listed among the Inc. 5000 last year.

Vincent is also very dedicated to his community. He renovated an historic building to house his current manufacturing facility and took it from an eyesore to a showpiece in the community. Currently some of the manufacturing is done in Shenzhen, China but Vince intends to expand the manufacturing facility in Pulaski and bring more jobs to the area.



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