Kaz Incorporated

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Kaz, Incorporated
Industry Healthcare and Home Environment Products
Founded 1926
Founder Max Katzman
Headquarters Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S.
Area served
65 countries
Key people
Jon Kosheff, President of Helen of Troy Health & Home (Kaz USA, Inc.)
Julien Mininberg, CEO of Helen of Troy
Products Air Purifiers
Blood Pressure Monitors
Dehumidifiers and Humidifiers
Fans
Heat/Cold Therapy
Heaters
Insect Control
Thermometers
Water Filtration
Brands Braun, licensed
Chillout
Duracraft
Enviracaire
Febreze, licensed
Kaz
NOsquito
Protec
PUR
SmartTemp
SoftHeat
Stinger
Vicks (Vick, Wick),licensed
Parent Helen of Troy
Website www.kaz.com

History[edit]

Max Katzman[1] invented the first electric vaporizer (original U.S. patent no. 1,628,784, issued May 17, 1927) and, in 1926, he founded Kaz, Incorporated to manufacture and market it.[2][3]

The expansion of the company – from a family business to a company designing, developing and marketing hundreds of healthcare and home environment products worldwide – came through R&D and acquisitions as well as licensing agreements.[4]

For more than 80 years, members of the Katzman family owned and managed Kaz. In 1956, founder Lawrence (Larry) Katzman succeeded his father, founder Max Katzman.[5] In addition to serving as Kaz’ second CEO, Larry was also a Palma d’Oro winning cartoonist best known for drawing Nellie Nifty, RN for a series of books and greeting cards.[6][7]  Richard Katzman succeeded his father, Larry, as CEO in 1997.[5][8]

In 2006, Julien Mininberg, MBA, became Kaz, Inc.’s first President outside the Katzman family. He became CEO in 2010.[5] [8] Helen of Troy acquired Kaz, Inc. in 2010 and it continues to operate as a subsidiary.[4] Julien Mininberg remained Kaz’ CEO until 2014, when he was appointed CEO of Helen of Troy.[9]

Awards[edit]

iF Design Awards[edit]

Braun No touch + Forehead Digital Thermometer[10]

Braun Age Precision Digital Thermometer[11]

Red Dot Design Award [edit]

Vicks ComfortFlex and SpeedRead Digital Thermometers[12]  

International Design Excellence Awards (IDEAs)[edit]

Gold: Vicks Underarm Thermometer[13]  

Silver: Vicks Digital Thermometer Family - Baby Rectal[14]

Silver: PUR Advanced Filtering Water Cooler[15]

Medical Design Excellence Awards[edit]

Gold: Vicks Forehead Thermometer[16]

Gold: Vicks Digital Thermometer Family - Baby Rectal[17]

Silver: Vicks Underarm Thermometer[18]

Chicago Athenaeum “Good Design” Awards[edit]

Braun No touch + Forehead Digital Thermometer[19]

Braun Age Precision Digital Thermometer[20]

Vicks Underarm Thermometer[21]

Honeywell Warm Mist Humidifier[22]

Vicks Cool Mist Model V3100[22]

Housewares Design Award[edit]

Vicks Baby Thermometer[23]

External Links[edit]

Kaz.com

HOTUS.com


References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Helen of Troy - Helen of Troy". Helen of Troy. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  2. ^ "New York Times obituary of Max Katzman". New York Times. August 9, 1974. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Patent Images". pdfpiw.uspto.gov. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  4. ^ a b Kingsbury, Kevin; Stynes, Tess (2010-12-09). "Helen of Troy to Buy Health-Care Products Maker Kaz". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  5. ^ a b c "Company Information - Kaz". www.kaz.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  6. ^ "Sunday Herald - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  7. ^ "Longtime NCS stalwart Larry Katzman: 1922-2016". Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  8. ^ a b "LinkedIn Profile of Richard Katzman". LinkedIn. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  9. ^ "LinkedIn Profile of Julien Mininberg". LinkedIn. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Braun No touch + Forehead". iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  11. ^ "Braun Age Precision". iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  12. ^ Alberto Rossa Sierra, Universidad Panamericana, Campus Guadalajara (2009-09-02). "Red Dot Design Awards". 
  13. ^ "IDSA Gold Award 2004 - Vicks Underarm Thermometer by Kaz, Inc". idsa.org. 2004. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  14. ^ "IDSA Silver Winner - 2005 - Vicks Digital Thermometer Family - Baby Rectal". idsa.org. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  15. ^ "IDSA Silver Winner - 2005 - PUR Advanced Filtering Water Cooler by Kaz". idsa.org. 2005. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Award Winners | Medical Design Excellence Awards". www.devicelink.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  17. ^ "Award Winners | Medical Design Excellence Awards". www.devicelink.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  18. ^ "Award Winners | Medical Design Excellence Awards". www.devicelink.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  19. ^ "The Chicago Athenaeum". chi-athenaeum.org. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  20. ^ "The Chicago Athenaeum". chi-athenaeum.org. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  21. ^ "Good Design 2004 Winners" (PDF). 2004. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  22. ^ a b "Good Design 2003 Winners" (PDF). 2003. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Housewares Design Awards Presented by HomeWorld Business". www.housewaresdesignawards.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10.