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Luther Haws was a self-employed master plumber and sheet metal contractor, as well as a sanitation inspector, for the city of Berkeley, California. In 1906, while on his rounds at a public school, Luther noticed children drinking from a shared tin cup. This unsanitary though typical arrangement inspired the inventor in him. Using available parts, Luther Haws assembled the world's first drinking faucet.

The Berkeley School Department loved the idea and installed the first models. In 1909 Luther formed the Haws Sanitary Drinking Faucet Company, located in Berkeley, and obtained several patents. Thirsty Californians soon discovered Luther's label on his fountains: "Haws Sanitary Drinking Faucet Company, Berkeley, California, Patent 1911." Luther Haws' innovative style still drives this third and fourth-generation family-owned company.

In 1996, Haws Corporation completed construction and moved into a new 210,000 square foot facility in Sparks, Nevada. Haws products are manufactured at this technologically advanced facility. From there, and from our other manufacturing sites in Burgdorf, Switzerland, which serves the European market; Singapore, which serves the Asian market; and Sao Paulo, Brazil which serves the South American market, our products are shipped worldwide.

All Haws drinking fountain and electric water cooler models are designed to be lead-free, environmentally safe and meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements. In addition, Haws Corporation has a registered ISO 9001 Management System. Every product that leaves the Haws plant is of the highest quality and craftsmanship and is built for years of service.


1905: Thomas-Haws Inc. Plumbing Contractors is established.

1906: Luther Haws invents the first drinking fountain.

1909: Haws Sanitary Drinking Faucet Company is established.

1911: Receives patent in the U.S. for the world's first drinking faucet.

1917: California passes a law prohibiting the common drinking cup.

1938: Introduces the self-contained electric water cooler.

1950: Introduces emergency drench showers and eyewashes into the product line.

1954: Drops "Sanitary" from company name; becomes Haws Drinking Faucet Company.

1964: Begins warehousing products nationwide.

1972: Designs and develops the first "barrier-free" electric water cooler.

1972: Opens Haws International for export sales.

1977: Starts manufacturing in Sparks, Nevada, to expand production.

1985: Opens Haws AG in Kirchberg, Switzerland, to supply European market.

1993: Designs and develops the Polar Systems product group.

1995: Achieves ISO 9001 certification.

1996: Opens new 210,000 sq. ft. production facility in Sparks, Nevada.

1998: Changes name to Haws Corporation to allow the company to be easily identified with multiple product line.

1999: Opens Haws Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. in Singapore to supply Pacific Rim market.

2001: Haws world headquarters moves to Sparks, Nevada, with the closing of the Berkeley facility.

2001: Avlis-Haws do Brasil is established in San Paulo, Brazil.

2006: Haws Corporation has its first Centennial Celebration.


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