American Standard, Crane and Eljer have been bought out by Bain Investment Group.
They shut down the Eljer plant in the US.
Manufacturing is taking place elsewhere now.
Is Toto the only manufacturer making toilets in the USA?
First, it was GM rebadging Chevy SUVs as Buicks, GMCs, and even SAABs. Now, American Standard Brands is taking a page out of their playbook, rebadging the same toilet under different names.
The American Standard Cadet 3, sold at many a HD and L***'s and supply house
is the same as the Eljer Diplomat (Eljer is now sold exclusively at M*****s):
Likewise, the new American Standard H2Option Siphonic Dual Flush
is the same as the Eljer Somerville Siphonic Dual Flush:
And the Eljer Titan (yes, it is still being made... I saw fresh ones at M*****s, now made in Mexico instead of China like the old ones) now has twins:
The American Standard Titan Pro Right Height
and the Crane Titan Pro RelaxedHeight
When will it end?
This isn't to say that Kohler doesn't import a lot of their toilets: Other Kohler models (some one-piece and dual-flush, along with many Class Five/Six bowls/tanks) are made in Monterrey and Reynosa, Mexico, while the rest of the non-NAFTA-region-made Kohler toilets come from Thailand (the former Karat Sanitaryware factories) or China (Foshan, Shanghai, or Nanjing). You can tell by the box where a Kohler product was made. If it just says "Kohler Co., Kohler, Wisconsin, 53044" with no manufacturing location, it was made in the USA. If it also says "Crafted in Mexico/Thailand/China", it was made elsewhere.
Mansfield also still makes a significant portion of its toilets in the USA, at factories in Ohio and Texas. At several stores, I've seen Mansfield Altos, Summit 3s, and Quantums display "Made in the U.S.A." on the box. Still, I wouldn't touch a Mansfield with a 39 1/2-foot plunger.
So no, Toto is not alone in selling toilets made in the USA by American workers. Whether I would actually buy some of those toilets is a different story, but it's good for people who are interested in keeping jobs in America (like me) to know.
Are you just finding out about plumbing rebranding. Water heater manufacturers have been doing it for decades. You don't really think there were that many different heater manufacturers out there, did you?
Thanks, MFfan310, I was looking at home dep. for something made in usa, good luck, right? The Cimarron is there, but I thought it said Made in Mexico. I will check again.
All of the Kohler Cimarrons I've seen were made in Mexico
I haven't seen a Kohler toilet marked as made in USA in years.
1/3 of my TOTO inventory is made in USA.
Last edited by Terry; 05-06-2010 at 03:37 AM.