It is with great sadness that we inform you that Robert Worthington, P.E. passed away at 4:30 PM on Monday, February 1st, 2016. Bob was admitted to an area hospital on Sunday night after complaining of abdominal pain. Emergency exploratory surgery on Monday revealed an extensive intestinal infection with no possibility for survival. Bob was made comfortable and passed away shortly after surgery. He was 82 years old. Bob’s 60-plus year career in the fire sprinkler industry spanned virtually all aspects of our business from system design, education, special hazards, international sales, research and development, manufacturing operations, and senior leadership positions at Grinnell, Star Sprinkler, Central Sprinkler, and finally as the owner of Globe Sprinkler in Standish, Michigan. Throughout his career, Bob was instrumental in many of the changes that shaped the industry as we know it today. Bob was an active member of the AFSA, NFPA, NFSA and SFPE. In recognition of his lifetime contribution to the sprinkler industry, Bob was awarded the prestigious Golden Sprinkler Award in 1997, the highest honor bestowed by the NFSA. At a time when U.S manufacturers outsourced production to low-cost countries, Mr. Worthington focused on building overseas demand for USA produced products, with a commitment to quality and service. Globe Sprinkler has been twice recognized by the State of Michigan for creating manufacturing jobs, adopting transformational employee training and development. During Bob’s 20-year stewardship of Globe Sprinkler, employment grew five-fold, and today is the largest employer in the region. This stewardship has been passed on to son Steven, who assumed operations and ownership of Globe in 2013. In both personal and professional life, Mr. Worthington believed in supporting the communities where he lived and worked, and to further advance life safety through his active support and participation in professional fire protection associations. Among the charitable organizations Bob supported were the Good Samaritan Homeless Rescue Mission in Bay City, Michigan, Common Voices coalition for a Fire Safe America, and multiple burn camps for children that have suffered severe burns. Above all, Bob will be remembered for his passion, integrity, and commitment to relationships, be they family, friends, or business partners.
About Globe Fire Sprinkler
Globe Fire Sprinkler is a family owned fire sprinkler manufacturer, headquartered in Michigan. We celebrated 100 years of continuous production of Globe Sprinklers and Valves in 2014; the Globe name has persisted in its enduring identity since the introduction of the first Globe Issue "A" Sprinkler in 1914. Globe developed the earliest lever-fulcrum dry pipe valve, Globe Save All center strut sprinklers, and eventually became the first US company to utilize 5mm and 3mm Glass Bulbs in its commercial and residential sprinklers. Its modern era began in 1988 with the guidance and dedication of Golden Sprinkler Award recipient Robert Worthington, P.E. until his passing in 2016. The Worthington family continues to own and operate Globe, under the leadership of Steven Worthington and a team of some of the industry's most seasoned professionals. Globe's heritage as a leading sprinkler manufacturer is reflected in the introductions of the RCW, UM, UMC valves, and other new products the company develops to meet the demands of the world market. The company proudly maintains strong relationships with approval authorities including Underwriters Laboratories Inc, FM Approvals and the Loss Prevention Certification Board (UK). Globe has the LPCB (UK) certification for ISO 9001:2015 series Quality Assurance, therefore exhibiting proof of the quality it continuously builds into each of its 100% factory-tested products.