Oconomowoc company helps keep the peace during Harley celebration
Quest Technologies in Oconomowoc provided four sound level meters and four outdoor noise measurement kits to Harley-Davidson Motor Co. to help the motorcycle manufacturer measure outdoor noise emissions for its 100th anniversary celebration in downtown Milwaukee.
"We respect Harley-Davidson for having the foresight to make these noise measurements," said Dan Webster, president of Quest Technologies. "In years past, we have provided instruments for Harley-Davidson to help them engineer their motorcycles to be in compliance with noise emission laws from around the world. They have always gone to great lengths to keep noise pollution under control. So, it was only natural that they turn to Quest Technologies again to monitor sound levels during the Harley-Davidson 100th anniversary."
Quest Technologies designs, manufactures and sells Quest and Metrosonics brands of industrial hygiene and safety instruments. Quest Model 2900 sound level meters were provided to Harley-Davidson for the 30-day period surrounding the 100th celebration.
"Since the 1980s, the US has taken a lenient stance toward governing noise emissions, yet just last year, US taxpayers spent $442 million to pay hearing disabilities for veterans alone, not including all of the non-vets who have hearing aids as a result of preventable noise," said Webster. "The lack of federal regulations force Harley-Davidson to try to comply with a variety of local noise ordinances in order to protect citizens from the many health impacts of excessive loud noise, including hearing loss, hypertension and related heart problems and endocrine imbalances."
Sept. 5, 2003 Small Business Times, Milwaukee