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Clifford C. Hach's Family History and Early Life Experiences 1
The Hach family history, illustrated with anecdotes of Clifford Hach as a young boy on the farm. The effect of the Great Depression on the Hach family. The importance of education and Clifford's first years at Iowa State University. World War II, draft deferment, Harvey C. Diehl Jr., and Clifford's work on the Manhattan Project.
Kathryn C. Hach-Darrow's Family History and Early Life Experiences 5
The beginnings of a love for aviation. The Carter family of Virginia. The effect of the Great Depression on the Carter family. Wheat farming in Missouri. The road to college: raising turkeys. Decision to enroll in Iowa State University.
Iowa State University and the War Effort 8
Meeting Clifford Hach. Origins of interest in business and entrepreneurship. Clifford's association with Harvey Diehl. Marriage to Clifford in June of 1943. The Carters and the Hachs. Clifford's patent on carbon dioxide, the Walter Kidde & Company Inc., and the move to New Jersey. The births of Mary and Bruce Hach. Returning to Ames, Iowa, in pursuit of Clifford's degree.
Building a Company 14
The Standard Sample Company. Partnership with Harvey Diehl. A loan from Charles Goetz. At home in the plant. Thoughts on starting a company. Raising children in the plant. EDTA, Eriochrome Black T, and the Model 5B Hardness Test Kit. The beginnings of a marketing department.
Hach Chemical Company and Water Analysis 24
Decision to enter the water testing market. Generating customers. The early stages of advertising. Ralston Purina Company and fish farming. Use of color cards. Hach's first employee, Victor Geibelstein. The American Public Health Association. Spiking. Becoming incorporated in 1951. Corporate structure.
Creation of the DC-DR in 1955. Conductivity meters, chemical oxygen demand meters, and portable turbidimeters. Clifford's mechanical expertise. Manufacturing for Betz Laboratories Inc. and Nalco Chemical Company. The competition. Winning the American Water Works Association's George Fuller Award in 1957. The importance of good customer service.
Corporate Atmosphere and Structure 36
Hach employees. The story of Roger Haas. Hiring practices. Creation of human resources department. Computers in the workplace.
Mary, Bruce, and Paul Hach 39
Working in the plant: Bruce makes powder pillows at the age of twelve. Bruce Hach reflects on his childhood. Bruce's contribution to the company. Mary's family and career. Bruce's family and career. Paul's family and career.
Financing a Company 40
Arthur Lucht. Initial public offering in 1968. Product and manufacturing costs. The State of Iowa and the land use movement. Clifford's thoughts on going public. The board: Barney Cunningham, Fredrick Leydig, Robert Case, Arthur Lucht, Clifford, and Kathryn. Accounting practices.
Running a Company 45
Reflections on Clifford's management style. Research and development. Clifford's "magic touch." Innovation. The motivation to branch out into soil, food, and agricultural analysis. The creation of the DREL. Taking business overseas. The Environmental Protection Agency. Hach Technical Training Center. Customer base.
Move to Loveland, Colorado 54
The search for electrical engineers. Instrumentation at the Loveland plant; chemistry at the Ames plant. Company's use of aviation. Kathryn takes the pilot's seat. Quality control and the use of the Demming principles.
The death of Clifford Hach. The effect of Clifford's death on the company and his family. The decision to sell Hach to Danaher Corporation. Dan Terra of the Lawter Chemical Company. Hach Scientific Foundation and the Clifford C. Hach Memorial Scholarship. The importance of scholarship opportunities for chemistry students. The Committee of 200. Reflections on Hach's scientific contributions. Great men of science and entrepreneurship: Clifford C. Hach and Arnold O. Beckman.
"I. The experiences of Kathryn C. Hach-Darrow presented through photographs
- Hach Company through the Years
II. Patents issued to Clifford C. Hach