The flush heard around the world might be the one made by AS America. Doing business as American Standard Brands, the manufacturer of bath and kitchen products is a leader in the toilet and bathroom fixtures sectors in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Other products include faucets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, bathroom furniture, and accessories. The company targets both the residential and commercial markets; its products are found in homes, as well as airports, hotels, and stadiums, and are sold through a network of dealers, wholesale distributors, online retailers, and stores such as The Home Depot. Private equity firm Sun Capital Partners owns a majority of the company, with Bain Capital holding a minority stake.
American Standard Brands was formed in early 2008 through a merger of three companies: American Standard Americas, which was the bath and kitchen products division of American Standard Companies (now Trane); plumbing fixture maker Crane Plumbing; and vitreous china fixture manufacturer Eljer. The combination created a major force in the industry with a broader product and brand portfolio (including the American Standard, Crane, Eljer, Porcher, Fiat, and Jado brands) and enhanced global distribution opportunities.
American Standard Brands expanded its product line with the 2010 acquisition of Safety Tubs, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of walk-in bathtubs in the US. The company is also making inroads in the green market by introducing more efficient tubs, toilets, faucets, showerheads, and urinals.
American Standard Brands' roots go back to 1875 when it was founded as Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company. The American Standard name was adopted in 1967. – less