RAPID CITY, S.D., Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 40 years ago, award winning chemist, Dr. John Willard PhD, launched CAW Industries Inc. as a vehicle to sell his now famous Willard Water® products he'd invented in 1964. Headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota, CAW Industries has grown from a small family business that was run out of Dr. Willard's basement to an international corporation with business partners and customers all over the world.
Dr. John W Willard, Sr., was a professor of chemistry at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and former chemistry instructor at the Virginia Military Institute who had worked on the United States' atomic and plutonium bomb development teams during, and immediately after, World War II. Dr. Willard invented his now famous Willard Water® in 1964 while seeking to develop a high density trace mineral water derived from fossilized organics in lignite. Dr. Willard began conducting serious research on his product by engaging farmers and ranchers in the communities immediately surrounding Rapid City and they, and their neighbors, soon began making the product part of their daily routine. The enthusiasm shown by South Dakotans for Dr. Willard's products was so strong they helped spawn a hearing before the United State Congress and a 60 Minutes story on Dr. Willard which exposed Dr. Willard's products to a worldwide audience.
"40 years in business is a very significant milestone and we're incredibly proud to be here," said John Willard III, Dr. Willard's grandson and CEO of CAW Industries, Inc. "I can say with complete confidence that my grandfather had no idea his 'serendipitous' discovery that day in the lab would lead our family down this path and create a successful business that would still be going strong after 40 years. It truly is a remarkable accomplishment and we're incredibly grateful to the many partners, friends, and customers whose strong support and loyalty have driven our success over the last 40 years."
Today, CAW Industries remains family-owned and operated under the guidance of John Willard III, grandson of the founder, who has served as the company's CEO for three years. It has become a leader in the natural products industry and has recently launched a new PlantCatalyst® product that will help anchor growth in the coming years. In addition the company continues to sponsor research projects that will also influence growth and drive future product expansion.
"Despite the fact that we've been in business for 40 years, we still feel like we have a long way to go and that many exciting growth opportunities remain," Willard continued. "The last five years have been the strongest period of growth in our company's history and there are still many more ways in which my grandfather's invention can be used that have yet to be fully explored. We're very excited about the future and we expect many more great things in the next 40 years."
About CAW Industries, Inc.
Founded by Dr. John W. Willard Sr. in 1973, CAW Industries is the only manufacturer of Dr. Willard's patented Willard Water® products. For 40 years CAW Industries has been an industry leader in the natural health industry and is one of the most trusted brands around the world. Thanks to a ground breaking 60 Minutes story and an exhaustive hearing before the United States Congress, Willard Water® helped pave the way for the expansion and development of the U.S. Natural Products Industry and the eventual passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. Dr. Willard's sons and grandchildren have continued his tradition of excellence and have expanded the small South Dakota company he created into an international corporation with sales around the globe.
SOURCE CAW Industries, Inc.