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    Default The Kohler "Numi" - Made in Wisconsin and shipped to China

    The $6000 Numi toilet is a big hit for china's new rich. Anyone ever try one out?

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...579766028.html

    http://www.chipchick.com/2011/04/kohler-numi.html - It's Whoopie Goldbergs Throne....

    Hey, theres one on sale for 4 grand at national builders supply. Thats a royal flush. Looks like Bill Gates will be calling Terry soon to change out the Toto's!
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    No matter how much money you spend on a toilet you will never look cool sitting on one. Its not a car folks......LOL

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    Here are some pictures of the Numi. It's pretty cool that they are exporting these. Jamie and I saw them being made at the factory in Wisconsin.




    Kohler Numi


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hackney plumbing View Post
    No matter how much money you spend on a toilet you will never look cool sitting on one. Its not a car folks......LOL
    Plus, it gets bad gas mileage.

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    Terry, Did you post about your trip to Kohler? Was'nt it nice to see Americans at real work, keeping the town alive?

    Sure, Toto makes some stuff here, but the profits go back to Japan or God knows where they can beat the taxes.

    The best part of Kohler is that its FAMILY owned. Imagine. And they built it up without any tax breaks and free land we are throwing to the foreign firms daily.

    When TYCO buys them out, we are doomed. I would rather find a floater left in my U.S. Kohler than a royal flush in my Mexican or Chinese throne.

    Kohler deserved the 500mil$ that the morons at solar joke Solyndra blew away.
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    I did see the Nuvi being made there and plenty of cast iron tubs. It was nice seeing the production there. I saw plenty of faucets being made too. We went into three separate production buildings, porcelain, brass and cast iron. The Kohler kitchen faucet that I installed for Sue was made at that factory. It was interesting seeing how they bend the high arc spouts.

    Some of the product line is being made in China and Mexico for Kohler. TOTO also manufactures in China and Mexico as well as the US.
    The toilets I have in my home, were made in Georgia by TOTO.

    It's possible, with a little research to find a product made in the US.

    Kudo's to Kohler for making a high end product that exports well.

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    How about selling the Numi?

    Mainly, your comment about products made in the USA is starting to reawaken due to guys like this. Its an amazing story of the old school guts and perseverence that built factories like Kohler without any government handouts. With our price of natural gas, you might soon see the toilet makers flocking back here, as many factories see our prices at 1/5 or less of world market. http://www.gastongazette.com/news/fu...y-message.html

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    The perfect accompaniment to the $40,000.00 Kohler "Environment" bath enclosure, if you have one of the few that were sold.
    Licensed residential and commercial plumber

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    Peddle them in a package to the Chinese nuvo rich, that made their fortune selling us that crap from dollar stores - the stuff we pick up by the ton to toss in a dumpster a week later. My steel fire engine toy from the 60's is still going strong.

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