Faucet Company - USA
On July 12, 1901
Chicago Faucets founder, Albert C. Brown, took his savings and opened a small
shop in the near West Side of Chicago. In his west-side shop he produced a variety
of plumbing fixtures as an OEM supplier, as well as lamp shade frames, gas regulator
valves and oil burner tips and nozzles. By 1911, demand for the company's plumbing
products had grown to the point where it began marketing them under its own
name and distributing its expanding line through wholesale plumbing supply houses.
In 1913, A.C. Brown invented a cartridge that laid the cornerstone of The Chicago
Faucet Company. This major breakthrough in faucet design was the patented Quaturn
cartridge. The replaceable, completely self-contained cartridge was revolutionary
in its ability to turn water flow off from full flow with one-quarter turn of
the handle. Also unique was the way the cartridge closed with the flow of the
water rather than against it, reducing washer wear and virtually eliminating
drips. It was noteworthy that the cartridge was replaceable and interchangeable
with other Chicago Faucets products. The Quaturn cartridge became the standard
of reliability, durability, and value as a result of Chicago Faucets commitment
to standardization and renewability of parts. The Quaturn cartridge has been
updated over the years to incorporate new technology and materials, but is still
interchangeable with any Quaturn manufactured since 1913.
July 2002, the
Geberit Group acquired Chicago Faucets. The Geberit Group, a 125 year-old company
headquartered in Jona, Switzerland, is a European market leader and global provider
in the area of plumbing technology. The company employs a staff of approximately
4,600 worldwide. The Geberit Group chose to rename its U.S. division, The Chicago
Faucet Company. The Chicago Faucet Company headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois.
employs over 500 people in operations located in Des Plaines, Milwaukee, Cleveland
Michigan City, Indiana and Huntsville, Alabama and is one of only four U.S.
producers of permanent mold, yellow-brass castings.
Over the years,
new products and new markets kept the Chicago Faucets growing. Today, one hundred
years after A.C. Brown opened his shop on Chicago's West Side, his spirit lives
on in the hundreds of Chicago Faucets employees who every day seek to meet customer
needs with innovative high quality products. The company remains a leader in
supplying fittings for the commercial, laboratory, food service, safety equipment
and residential markets. With the acquisition by The Geberit Group, Chicago
Faucets also expanded its residential product offering via the Geberit Manufacturing
Division, located in Michigan City, Indiana.
Group - Switzerland
The Geberit Group is the European market leader in sanitary technology with
global presence. From the time of its establishment in 1874, the company has
always been a pioneer in the sector, consistently setting new trends with its
innovative powers and comprehensive system solutions.
sales offices in around 40 countries. Sales activities are concentrated on the
major European markets and with great growth opportunities mainly in Central
and Eastern Europe, the United Kingdom, North America, China and South East
Asia. Geberit supplies markets in Asia and North America with products specifically
designed to suit regional needs. To serve these markets, local competency centers
have been built up in Shanghai (China) and Chicago (USA). The company has 17
production sites in eight different countries. The main production sites are
located in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
of products is designed for use in new buildings as well as in renovation and
modernization projects. It comprises seven product lines in the two product
areas of Sanitary Systems (Installation and Flushing Systems, Waste Fittings
and Traps) and Piping Installations (Building Drainage Systems, Supply Systems).
Geberit brand name products are innovative, durable and ecologically efficient
and provide high-end sanitary solutions for retailers, plumbers and installers,
and end users alike. In 2004 the company trained more than 25,000 plumbers,
sanitary engineers and architects in Geberit systems and software tools. Training
took place at the 25 company's information centers in Europe and overseas.
The Geberit Group
generated sales volume of CHF 1.9 billion in 2004 and worldwide 5,500 employees.
Therefrom are about 1,000 employees based in Switzerland. Geberit is headquartered
in Jona in the canton of St. Gallen and has been listed on SWX Swiss Exchange