Sector: Plumbing

Market Overview: With housing starts expected to increase at an annualized rate of 6.6 percent over the next five years and home improvement projects at 2.9 percent, the market for plumbing products looks promising.

Three-quarters of the plumbing product manufacturers researched for this project are not manufacturing their products in the United States. However, the remaining 25 percent of companies who do manufacture in the United States currently meet 75 percent of the domestic demand. Most of the water efficient plumbing products made in the United States are manufactured by large, well-known OEMs.

Smaller OEMs who manufacture plumbing products made of stainless steel for the U.S. market have a much harder time manufacturing their faucets at the same cost as their larger competitors and generally make 100 percent of their faucets overseas. This is in contrast to their other product lines such as sinks, which given their size and shipping costs, are more often are made from 100 percent U.S. steel and are Buy America/ARRA compliant. Pricing pressure in the stainless steel markets has been a deterrent to returning faucet manufacturing to U.S. shore. The Chinese government currently subsidizes nickel for the steel industry, an element that improves its quality when used at low temperatures.

Imports are expected to continue to grow as part of domestic demand for faucets to 24.9 percent of the total. This will grow an already large trade deficit in this industry with the United States importing $1.6 billion in products as opposed to the $223.5 million exported to other countries. An estimated 72 percent of these products are coming from China. High-margin specialized valves, fittings and other flow control devices for water infrastructure projects and other commercial/industrial purposes are a growing export market for U.S. manufacturers and have been aided by a weaker U.S. dollar making it more affordable to purchase U.S. goods overseas. However, these valve exports still fall short of the number of imported generic valves used in construction and light manufacturing.

Conversely, porcelain products like toilets are heavy and require hand finishing. Because of high shipping costs and rising wages in countries like China, some toilet manufacturing has returned from overseas with both domestic and foreign owned companies producing toilets at seven U.S.-based manufacturing facilities. 

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Company Location
ACCOR Technology Kirkland, Washington
ACCOR Technology East Wenatchee, Washington
ACO Polymer Products Mentor, Ohio
ACO Polymer Products Casa Grande, Arizona
Acorn Engineering Company City of Industry, California
Acorn-GenCon Plastics Chino, California
Advance Tabco Edgewood, New York
Aero Manufacturing Company Clifton, New Jersey
American Bronze Corporation Cleveland, Ohio
American Faucet & Coatings Corporation Vista, California
American Standard Brands Piscataway, New Jersey
American Standard Brands Salem, Ohio
Anaheim Manufacturing Company (AMC) Brea, California
Anawalt Ceramics Concord, California
AquaTherm Lindon, Utah
Armacell LLC Mebane, North Carolina
Armacell LLC Conover, North Carolina
Armacell LLC Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Armacell LLC South Holland, Illinois
Armacell LLC Yukon, Oklahoma
Armacell LLC Spencer, West Virginia
Armacell LLC Dallas, Georgia
Arthur Harris & Company Chicago, Illinois
Artisan Manufacturing Corporation Newark, New Jersey
Astro Electroplating Bay Shore, New York
Atlantis Whirlpools Miami, Florida
Bemis Manufacturing Company Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
Bemis Manufacturing Company Lenoir, North Carolina
Benjamin Manufacturing Company Inc. Lithia Springs, Georgia
Benjamin Manufacturing Company Inc. Paramount, California
Blucher USA Spindale, North Carolina
Bradley Corporation Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
BrassCraft Manufacturing Company Lancaster, Texas
BrassCraft Manufacturing Company Brownstown Charter Township, Michigan
BrassCraft Manufacturing Company Novi, Michigan
BrassCraft Manufacturing Company Corona, California
BrassCraft Manufacturing Company Thomasville, North Carolina
Brasstech Inc. Santa Ana, California
California Faucets Huntington Beach, California
Cash Acme Atlanta, Georgia
Cash Acme Cullman, Alabama
Cesco Brass Fort Morgan, Colorado
Chase Brass & Copper Company Montpelier, Ohio
Chicago Faucet Company Elyria, Ohio
Chicago Faucet Company Des Plaines, Illinois
Chicago Faucet Company Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Chicago Faucet Company Michigan City, Indiana
CMC Metal Corporation Long Island City, New York
Component Hardware Group Lakewood, New Jersey
Conbraco Industries Inc. Pageland, South Carolina