Happy Independence Day From EXAIR!

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Please Note: EXAIR will be closed July 4th in observation of the United States Independence Day

Summer is my favorite time of year. Warm weather, hanging out by the pool, and enjoying the outdoors (weather permitting of course). It’s also the time of year when my favorite holiday occurs, Independence Day. EXAIR will be closed on July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. On this day 243 years ago the Declaration of Independence was adopted, marking the official legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain.

Although today we celebrate on July 4th, Congress actually voted to declare independence two days earlier on July 2nd. If it were up to John Adams, that would be the date we commemorate to this day. He wrote in a letter to his wife that this would be the most memorable day in the history of America, to be celebrated by pomp and parade, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other. In protest of July 4th being designated a federal holiday, he was reported to turn down invitations to appear. Coincidentally, both he and Thomas Jefferson both passed away on July 4, 1829 on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

I imagine the celebrations looked quite a bit different back then, but today many of us will spend time with our family and friends enjoying some BBQ. Parades and firework shows are also in abundance as we celebrate together as a country in unison.

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” – Harry S. Truman

The very same can be said of EXAIR, built on the courage, imagination and determination of our late founder Roy Sweeney. Without his willingness to take risks and build his version of the American Dream, we would have never come to be.

So while we celebrate, hot dog in hand, take a moment to reflect on what it means to be an American. Enjoy your right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To all of my fellow Americans on behalf of EXAIR, Happy Birthday to US!

Tyler Daniel
Application Engineer
E-mail: TylerDaniel@EXAIR.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_TD

 

Photo courtesy of Andy Morffew via Creative Commons License

EXAIR Wishes You a Happy Independence Day

Independence Day

Every year on the 4th of July, Americans celebrate Independence Day with family, cook outs, parades and of course fireworks.  It is time to rejoice and reflect on how our nation began in 1776 by declaring our independence from British rule.  Did you know the United States of America started with 13 states? Here are some other interesting facts about Independence Day:

  • John Hancock was the only person that signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. The 55 other people signed afterwards.
  • The average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The oldest was Benjamin Franklin at the age of 70.
  • Only two of the signers later became President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. They both died on July 4th, 1826.
  • Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4th, 1872.
  • Benjamin Franklin suggested the turkey as the national bird, but was overruled to make it the bald eagle.
  • Every 4th of July, the Liberty Bell is tapped, not rung, thirteen times in honor of the original 13 states. I can’t blame them, it has a crack in it.
  • July 4th was declared a holiday in 1870, 94 years after the declaration.
  • Americans consume about 155 million hot dogs on Independence Day, the biggest hot dog holiday of the year. (And it is one of my favorite foods)
  • Fireworks were first used to celebrate the 4th of July in 1777 in Philadelphia.

I hope you enjoyed this read, and from the EXAIR family to your family, we want to wish you a wonderful 4th of July. EXAIR Will be closed on July 4, 2017.

John Ball
Application Engineer

Email: johnball@exair.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_jb

 

Photo: Happy 4th of July by Karson Designs.  Creative Commons 2.0

We’re All In This Together

We as Americans are a charitable society. Severe weather this year has devastated many families. Citizens from around the country have stepped up to the plate volunteering to help with the clean up as well with monetary and food donations.

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Speaking of stepping up to the plate, the Cincinnati Reds players wives put together gift baskets filled with their husband’s favorite items to be raffled off. All proceeds went to Matthew 25: Ministries and the Oklahoma tornado victims.

Items included food and gifts from their home state, gift cards to their favorite stores along with books and DVDs and four Field Box tickets to an upcoming Reds game. Additionally, each raffle winner received an autographed jersey from the player. That’s awesome!

EXAIR Corporation shares in this exceptionalism. When the Hantavirus struck Mexico we shipped boxes of our respirator masks to our distributor who was in a position to help people around them. Annually EXAIR donates to local charities. One of the more fun events for our employees is the Rubber Duck Regatta (watch video) where 140,000 rubber ducks are dropped from the Purple People Bridge into the Ohio River and swim a quarter mile along the Serpentine Wall. The owner of the first duck to cross the finish line won a 2012 Honda Civic LX Sedan and possibly $1 million if their duck is the “Million Dollar duck”! Second place was a year’s worth of groceries from Kroger, and the remaining five runners-up won $500 cash! All money raised from duck sales go directly to the Freestore Foodbank to help those in the community in need. The company buys a rubber duck for each of us and then some. No one on our company was a winner but it was fun never the less and it went for a good cause.

Our company founder has been involved with the Special Olympics for many years, and recently helped the juvenile arthritis foundation by sponsoring the Concours d’Elegance here in Cincinnati. Our company president has a soft spot for underprivileged youth sports and has spent his time as a baseball coach for the cause. The list goes on…

We are fortunate to work for a company and leaders who show us this kind of example and encourage participation in events which benefit charitable foundations and causes. I have yet to see EXAIR turn down an employee who requests an entry or registration fee for a race or event which benefits a good cause.

With EXAIR’s help, we help – we’re all in this together.

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
Phone (513) 671-3322
Fax (513) 671-3363
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