Wichita State, Coleman partner for life jacket testing
Mar 23, 2009 3:55 PM | Print
The Coleman Co. Inc. has donated $15,000 to the Wichita State University Heskett Center's Aquatics Program as part of a partnership that will allow Coleman to use the aquatics facilities to test new designs for the company's life jacket (personal flotation devices or PFDs) lines.
Rick Looslie, director of design services for Coleman, said Coleman's research and development requirements for its Stearns PFD business includes the need for a pool where the water would remain calm during testing.
Also required is a pool with the proper depth that would allow people testing the devices to jump safely into the water from various heights.
Coleman evaluated those and other requirements and looked into several other local pool sites and possibly installing a pool on the Coleman property. But none of those options fit as well as the Aquatics Center, Looslie said.
"After several attempts at finding a solution, I contacted WSU's Heskett Center and discovered the facilities were exactly what we were looking for," he said, "so we finalized the details with the Aquatics Center team, and the initial testing activities and WSU relationship have proven very successful."
Dean of Students Cheryl Adams said: "Wichita State University is extremely pleased with this valuable partnership. We look forward to continuing to build our relationship with Coleman."
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