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
Knauf Insulation Shelbyville, Indiana
Kohler Company Spartanburg, South Carolina
Kohler Company Kohler, Wisconsin
Kohler Company Brownwood, Texas
Kohler Company Huntsville, Alabama
Kohler Company Sheridan, Arkansas
Lavelle Industries Inc. Burlington, Wisconsin
Lavelle Industries Inc. Whitewater, Wisconsin
Liberty Pumps Bergen, New York
LSP Products Group (LSP) Carson City, Nevada
LSP Products Group (LSP) Irving, Texas
M-D Building Products Gainesville, Georgia
M-D Building Products Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mansfield Plumbing Products Perrysville, Ohio
Mansfield Plumbing Products Henderson, Texas
Mansfield Plumbing Products Big Prairie, Ohio
McGuire Manufacturing Company Inc. Cheshire, Connecticut
Metal Forming Technology Inc. Chesterfield, Michigan
Michigan Brass Spring Lake, Michigan
Mid-America Fittings Inc. Overland Park, Kansas
Moen Sanford, North Carolina
Moen Pine Grove, Pennsylvania
Moen North Olmstead, Ohio
Moen New Bern, North Carolina
Neoperl Inc. Waterbury, Connecticut
Noble Company Spring Lake, Michigan
Novelis Atlanta, Georgia
Novelis Fairmont, West Virginia
Oatey Company Cleveland, Ohio
Oatey Company Cleveland, Ohio
Oatey Company Newark, California
Onyx Collection Inc. The Belvue, Kansas
P. E. Guerin New York City, New York
PASCO Specialty & Manufacturing Inc. Lynwood, California
PASCO Specialty & Manufacturing Inc. Baltimore, Maryland
Paul Decorative Products Louisa, Virginia
Pedal Valves Luling, Louisiana
Phylrich Costa Mesa, California
Plastek Engineering & Manufacturing Inc. Brea, California
Plastic Oddities Forest City, North Carolina
Plastic Technology Inc. Conover, North Carolina
Plumb Pak North Winchester, New Hampshire
Plumberex Specialty Products Inc. Thousand Palms, California
Prier Products Inc. Grandview, Missouri
Quick Drain USA Frisco, Colorado
Quick Drain USA Denver, Colorado
Rectorseal Corporation The Houston, Texas
Reflectix Inc. Markleville, Indiana
Rock Wool Manufacturing Company Leeds, Alabama
Ron-Vik Inc. Minneapolis, Minnesota