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Celebrating Founders Day

On October 11, 1954, Walter Nord and his sons Eric and Evan incorporated Nordson as a standalone company.  We've designated that date as Founders' Day, and each year at this time, we recognize the founding of our great company and the critical role that innovation plays in our success. 

Innovation occupied a prominent place in the Nords’ philosophy. They were engineers who built the company on winning products and patented technologies, a legacy which continues today. But their belief in new and better ways of doing things extended far beyond that. They brought or encouraged innovative approaches in every aspect of their company – from manufacturing to customer service, to philanthropy and employee development. They also recognized the importance of being global long before others did.

The Nords also used acquisitions as a source of innovation. They understood the best ideas didn’t always have to be home grown. The founders of the many businesses acquired by Nordson over the years often shared the same commitment to innovation, adding to our rich history and helping build Nordson into the market leading company it is today.

As part of this year’s Founders’ Day, we asked Nordson employees from around the company to share their thoughts on innovation. You can hear what they had to say by watching a series of videos posted on our YouTube channel

This year we're also excited to announce that this Founders’ Day will mark a change to our Innovation Excellence award process. For years, we’ve awarded employees whose new product development efforts have resulted in US patents, and we’ve also recognized employees through our Technical Excellence Awards. These awards are given to innovators who created technology that is being protected as trade secrets, rather than being submitted for a patent. We are expanding the criteria to include a new category of Innovation Awards, to formally recognize those employees who make a significant innovative contribution in one of four subcategories: Technical, Process, Customers and Presence Innovation. 

If you have a story about Nordson innovation, please post to our Facebook page or or Twitter with the hashtag #FoundersDay