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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: March 25th, 2013
I met a hand dryer I liked at Primanti Bros.

XceleratorI am officially conditioned to wave my hands in front of any hand dryer in a public restroom to make it work. Some will release paper and others will blow hot air. Here’s a story that’s better than hot air.

An NPR segment discussed the Xlerator hand dryer. It dries hands in 10 – 20 seconds, it’s made in the USA, and you don’t even have to wave at it. I met Xlerator at Primanti Brothers in Grove City. It works.

In February, National Public Radio featured a two-part series on its manufacturer — Excel Dryer, of East Longmeadow, Mass. For 31 years, the company has made hand dryers. Denis Gagnon bought the company in the 1990s, and revolutionized hand drying with the Xlerator hand dryers. NPR’s “How One Company Reinvented the Hand Dryer,” tells a fascinating story of how Gagnon met with scientists and invented an energy-efficient machine that campaigns with “It’s time to throw in the towel.”

The second part of the story is here.

Coca_ColaThe basic model of the Xlerator costs $400, and no one has to install clean towels or trash the used ones. No waving either. And you can customize a cover for almost anywhere. I’m thinking the Chez Parker bathroom could use one of these. xlerator1

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one

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