Alfred M. Moen, Inventor, Passes Away

December 27, 1916 - April 17, 2001



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Moen Incorporated

    CLEVELAND, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Alfred M. Moen, 86, passed away
 yesterday, April 17, 2001, at his home in Destin, Florida.  Mr. Moen was best
 known for his invention of the single-handle mixing faucet.  Its creation
 eventually led to the formation of Moen Incorporated, one of the world's
 largest producers of residential and commercial plumbing products, and the #1
 brand of faucets in North America.  The company employs 3,500 and is
 headquartered in North Olmsted (Cleveland), Ohio, and is an operating company
 of Fortune Brands, Inc.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010418/CLW043-a
              http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010418/CLW043-b )
     Al Moen's business card appropriately identified him as "Inventor."
     It took an on-the-job mishap to lead Mr. Moen to his first -- and most
 famous invention -- the single-handle mixing faucet.  Today, more than 70% of
 the kitchen faucets sold in the United States are single-handle, a tribute to
 Mr. Moen's genius.
     "Al Moen was a giant in the plumbing industry," said Bruce Carbonari, Moen
 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "The conveniences many of us enjoy in
 our homes today came from the ideas of this gentle, inventive man."
     The circumstance that led to Mr. Moen's first of many inventions occurred
 while he was working in a garage as a student at the University of Washington
 in 1937.  He burned his hands while washing them, using a conventional
 two-handle faucet.
     "The hot water came on sooner than I expected.  It got me thinking that
 you ought to get what you wanted out of a faucet.  The more I thought about
 it, the more I was convinced that a single-handle mixing faucet was the
 answer, so I began to make some drawings."
     The first Moen single-handle faucets were sold in 1947.  By 1950, the
 faucet reached national respectability.  Homes built during the '50's building
 boom typically included single-handle faucets.
     The Moen single-handle faucet has been honored twice by FORTUNE magazine;
 the first was a 1959 survey of the world's leading designers that named the
 faucet as one of the top 100 best designed mass-produced products of modern
 times.  In 1991, Moen faucets were included as "100 of America's Best."  Mr.
 Moen was also honored by the plumbing industry, being named to the Kitchen &
 Bath Hall of Fame in 1993.
     Mr. Moen, who headed Moen Incorporated's research and development group
 until his retirement in 1982, held over 75 patents, including the replaceable
 cartridge (eliminating washers), the screen aerator, push-button shower valve
 diverter, swivel spray, pressure balancing shower valve and flow control
 aerator.  But many of his patents were in fields totally unrelated to
 plumbing.
     A man of varied interests, he was a championship roller skater, and
 learned to fly a twin-engine plane in 1960.  Rather than learn on a
 conventional aircraft, Mr. Moen learned to fly in a float-plane.  At age 78,
 he piloted his own plane from his retirement home in Destin, FL to attend Moen
 Incorporated's dedication ceremony for its new headquarters in North Olmsted,
 OH.  Moen's headquarters is located, appropriately, on Al Moen Drive.
     "I've been very, very lucky to come from nothing and work my way to the
 top with ideas," he once said.
     Mr. Moen's wife, Barbe, died in Florida in December, 1988.  His son,
 David, also preceded him in death.  He is survived by his daughter Christine,
 of Destin, FL; son Eric, of North Ridgeville, OH; daughter-in-law Edie Moen of
 Gibsonia, PA and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 
 

SOURCE Moen Incorporated
    CLEVELAND, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Alfred M. Moen, 86, passed away
 yesterday, April 17, 2001, at his home in Destin, Florida.  Mr. Moen was best
 known for his invention of the single-handle mixing faucet.  Its creation
 eventually led to the formation of Moen Incorporated, one of the world's
 largest producers of residential and commercial plumbing products, and the #1
 brand of faucets in North America.  The company employs 3,500 and is
 headquartered in North Olmsted (Cleveland), Ohio, and is an operating company
 of Fortune Brands, Inc.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010418/CLW043-a
              http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010418/CLW043-b )
     Al Moen's business card appropriately identified him as "Inventor."
     It took an on-the-job mishap to lead Mr. Moen to his first -- and most
 famous invention -- the single-handle mixing faucet.  Today, more than 70% of
 the kitchen faucets sold in the United States are single-handle, a tribute to
 Mr. Moen's genius.
     "Al Moen was a giant in the plumbing industry," said Bruce Carbonari, Moen
 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "The conveniences many of us enjoy in
 our homes today came from the ideas of this gentle, inventive man."
     The circumstance that led to Mr. Moen's first of many inventions occurred
 while he was working in a garage as a student at the University of Washington
 in 1937.  He burned his hands while washing them, using a conventional
 two-handle faucet.
     "The hot water came on sooner than I expected.  It got me thinking that
 you ought to get what you wanted out of a faucet.  The more I thought about
 it, the more I was convinced that a single-handle mixing faucet was the
 answer, so I began to make some drawings."
     The first Moen single-handle faucets were sold in 1947.  By 1950, the
 faucet reached national respectability.  Homes built during the '50's building
 boom typically included single-handle faucets.
     The Moen single-handle faucet has been honored twice by FORTUNE magazine;
 the first was a 1959 survey of the world's leading designers that named the
 faucet as one of the top 100 best designed mass-produced products of modern
 times.  In 1991, Moen faucets were included as "100 of America's Best."  Mr.
 Moen was also honored by the plumbing industry, being named to the Kitchen &
 Bath Hall of Fame in 1993.
     Mr. Moen, who headed Moen Incorporated's research and development group
 until his retirement in 1982, held over 75 patents, including the replaceable
 cartridge (eliminating washers), the screen aerator, push-button shower valve
 diverter, swivel spray, pressure balancing shower valve and flow control
 aerator.  But many of his patents were in fields totally unrelated to
 plumbing.
     A man of varied interests, he was a championship roller skater, and
 learned to fly a twin-engine plane in 1960.  Rather than learn on a
 conventional aircraft, Mr. Moen learned to fly in a float-plane.  At age 78,
 he piloted his own plane from his retirement home in Destin, FL to attend Moen
 Incorporated's dedication ceremony for its new headquarters in North Olmsted,
 OH.  Moen's headquarters is located, appropriately, on Al Moen Drive.
     "I've been very, very lucky to come from nothing and work my way to the
 top with ideas," he once said.
     Mr. Moen's wife, Barbe, died in Florida in December, 1988.  His son,
 David, also preceded him in death.  He is survived by his daughter Christine,
 of Destin, FL; son Eric, of North Ridgeville, OH; daughter-in-law Edie Moen of
 Gibsonia, PA and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
 
 SOURCE  Moen Incorporated