As COVID-19 broke out, Milwaukee-based water technology company Stonehouse Innovations, LLC joined the fight against the pandemic, churning out product after product to protect the community from the virus both at home and in the workplace.
SI, the research and development arm of Stonehouse Water Technologies, generated three new antimicrobial products within a five-month period to help people safely return to work.
Stonehouse Water Technologies, located in Milwaukee’s Global Water Center, had just launched its R&D business when the virus disrupted every aspect of daily life. The company leveraged its own technologies and partnerships to develop a line of virus-fighting products.
For its rapid development of market-meeting products, the company has been selected to receive the MMAC’s Focus on the Future award in the Mother (or Father) of Invention category.
The company started with Samaritan Shield, a cleaner protectant that creates an antimicrobial shield coating on hard surfaces for a minimum of 24 hours and up to 21 days. At the same time, SI developed Dr. Moe’s Mist, an air and surface fogger that uses all natural and environmentally safe ingredients to eliminate bacteria and viruses on contact.
As the shortage of personal protective equipment became evident and the need for reusable PPE products grew, SI released O3 Safe, a portable cabinet that uses ozone gas to decontaminate PPE daily at home or at a business.
The company’s latest product, “Sannies,” is set to release in October. This antimicrobial slip-on shoe covering is made from a germ-killing material that prevents the room-to-room spread of pathogens from within hospitals.
Stonehouse Water Technologies’ newest designs are not far off from the company’s core mission, which is to eliminate drinking water contaminants and address clean water demands both domestic and international.
Water POD, the company’s flagship product, is a point-of-entry water purification system that can produce 8 gallons per minute and 12,000 gallons of water per day.
Using technology from its flagship product, SI is developing POD X and BEDIA, a soon to be released system that uses engineered plasticized and antimicrobial pellets as a water filtration medium for industrial and residential applications.
“We have always known that water security is a huge issue where a pandemic or a human interference could affect the quality or distribution of water,” said Hensley Foster, Stonehouse Water Technologies chief executive officer. “From where we are with our core product, I think (the pandemic) just strengthened our resolve … to get people aware that we need to protect ourselves from germs or pollution in our water.”