Excerpts from the book "How Design Changed America" by Henry Keck
For many years Keck-Craig has worked on a variety of projects for a company in North Hollywood, California, that no one has ever heard of. No one that is except major architects, builders and contractors worldwide. That company, Bobrick Washroom Products, founded in 1906, is privately held. They have stuck to their list: soap dispensers, hand dryers, towel dispensers, partitions, towel racks and more recently children’s change trays.
Our design approach was to design a housing that didn’t protrude far from the mounting wall and which included a new more powerful hot-air blower system designed by Bobrick. For the housing we used an old standby, cast iron. Although this seems at first thought to be ridiculous, it is not so foolish when one considers the destructive power of consumers in a washroom. We purposely stayed away from molded plastics which however economical are easily damaged.