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Interline Brands Announces Acquisition – GS Capital Partners and P2 Capital Partners For $1.1 Billion

May 30, 2012

Interline Brands, Inc. (NYSE:IBI), a leading distributor and direct marketer of broad-line maintenance, repair and operations (“MRO”) products, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of GS Capital Partners LP (“GS Capital Partners”) and P2 Capital Partners, LLC (“P2 Capital Partners”) for $25.50 per share in cash. GS Capital Partners is one of the world’s leading private equity investors. P2 Capital Partners, a shareholder of Interline, is a leading investment firm that applies a private equity approach to investing in the public market. The transaction, which was unanimously approved by Interline’s board of directors, is valued at approximately $1.1 billion, including the assumption of debt. The price of $25.50 per share represents a premium of approximately 42% relative to the Company’s closing stock price on May 25, 2012, the last trading day before the announcement of the transaction, and a 31% premium relative to the Company’s trailing 30-day average closing stock price. “This agreement provides excellent value to shareholders. This is also an exciting new chapter for Interline, one that we believe will bring broad benefits to all of our stakeholders,” said Michael J. Grebe, Interline’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We remain laser-focused on our goals and capabilities, and look forward to working with partners that have proven track records of investments in the distribution sector, as well as financial and operational expertise in global markets. Moreover, Interline has operated successfully in both public and private settings in the past. As we now look forward, GS Capital Partners and P2 Capital Partners have a shared vision of our value creation opportunities and the actions needed to realize them.” Interline intends to maintain its corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, as well as its distribution and sales footprint. In addition to equity from funds managed by GS Capital Partners and P2 Capital Partners, it is anticipated that certain members of Company management will invest a portion of their proceeds from the transaction. GS Capital Partners and P2 Capital Partners have also secured committed debt financing from Goldman Sachs and Bank of America. Barclays is serving as financial advisor to Interline and has provided a fairness opinion in connection with the transaction. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is serving as legal advisor to the Company in connection with the transaction.  Goldman Sachs is acting as financial advisor to GS Capital Partners, and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is acting as legal advisor. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is acting as legal advisor to P2 Capital Partners. The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including the approval of Interline’s shareholders and regulatory approvals, but is not subject to any condition with regard to the financing of the transaction. The agreement permits Interline to solicit alternative proposals from third parties through June 28, 2012. The Interline board of directors, with the assistance of its advisors, will actively solicit acquisition proposals during this period. If there is not a superior offer, the transaction is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2012. Interline will be submitting a current report on Form 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission containing a summary of terms and conditions of the proposed acquisition. About Interline – Interline Brands, Inc. is a leading distributor and direct marketer with headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. Interline provides broad-line MRO products to a diversified customer base of facilities maintenance professionals, professional contractors, and specialty distributors primarily throughout North America, Central America and the Caribbean. About GS Capital Partners LP – Since 1986, the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and its predecessor business areas have raised 16 private equity and principal debt investment funds aggregating over $82 billion of capital (including leverage). GS Capital Partners VI is the current private equity vehicle through which Goldman Sachs conducts its large, privately negotiated, corporate equity investment activities. A global leader in private corporate equity investing, GS Capital Partners is a family of funds with a focus on large, high quality companies with strong management and funding acquisition or expansion across a range of industries and geographies. Founded in 1869, Goldman Sachs is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. About P2 Capital Partners, LLC – P2 Capital Partners, LLC is a New York-based investment firm that applies a private equity approach to investing in the public market. P2 manages a concentrated portfolio of significant ownership stakes in high quality public companies in which it is an active shareholder focused on creating long-term value in partnership with management. The firm will also lead private equity transactions within its public portfolio. P2’s limited partners include leading public pension funds, corporate pension funds, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, and high net worth investors.

TOTO Presents Industry’s First Ultra High-Efficiency One-Gallon Per Flush Toilet with State-of-the-Art Double Cyclone Flushing System

May 18, 2012

 

TOTO introduces 1G – the Industry’s first one gallon per flush (gpf) ultra high-efficiency toilet that offers the company’s state-of-the art Double Cyclone flushing system. The new gravity-fed, two-piece 1G Double Cyclone marries flawless performance and exceptional bowl cleansing action to ultra high-efficiency water-savings, creating a clean, green flushing system that saves money, water, and time. Aimes Freestanding Bathtub Like a cyclone in nature, the Double Cyclone flushing system harnesses the power of water and gravity to create a powerful 1.0 gpf flush engine that maximizes cleaning action as it spins away waste. Double Cyclone features: Two nozzles (instead of rim holes) that use water more efficiently for better rim and bowl cleansing, resulting in less trapped matter and bacteria, which results in less time needed to clean the toilet. A proprietary dual-nozzle water propulsion system that enables more water to be directed to the siphon for a powerful flush that clears the bowl first time, every time. 1G’s bowl and concave rim are coated with SanaGloss, TOTO’s nano-technology glaze that seals its porcelain with an ionized barrier, creating a super-slippery, non-porous surface that repels the matter and bacteria. In short, when protected by SanaGloss, the water that cleanses the 1G’s bowl and rim as the toilet flushes is all that is needed to remove stains, residue, scaling, and lime buildup. Invisible organisms, including bacteria and molds, also are eliminated. Consumers will need fewer harsh detergents, which are expensive and harmful to the environment. The Universal Height 1G Double Cyclone is 17” from base to seat, TOTO’s ergonomic, comfortable height design that facilitates rising from a sitting to standing position and makes this aesthetically-pleasing two-piece toilet ADA-compliant. About TOTO – TOTO is the largest plumbing manufacturer in the world with $5.1 billion dollars in annual sales. To date, TOTO has produced more than 60 million plumbing fixtures. TOTO USA is headquarters for the Americas Division of the TOTO Global Group, which was established in 1917 with the founding of TOTO, Ltd., in Kitakyushu, Japan. Today, this international company maintains 23,500 employees in 69 offices around the world and owns manufacturing facilities in Japan, Mexico, the USA, China and Europe with an affiliated network of more than 80 production facilities worldwide. With over 1,500 engineers on staff and three centers devoted solely to research and development, TOTO is the undisputed global leader in product innovation, precision engineering, high design, and sustainability in products that are designed to meet people’s real world needs. Exemplified in the company’s philosophy – People First Innovation — TOTO offers consumers elegant luxury products that save money and water without sacrificing an ounce of performance and the peace of mind that comes from knowing they purchased a brand that sets the standard for world-class performance, enduring quality, and reliability. Winner of numerous domestic and international awards and recognitions, TOTO is the only plumbing manufacturer honored as Water Efficiency Leader by the Environmental Protection Agency. TOTO continues to raise industry standards and consumer expectations as to what is possible in the bath space, as it connects people with water in ways that enrich the flow of their daily lives.

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American Standard Honors W.T. Leonard & Associates for Top Sales and Performance

April 29, 2012

American Standard Brands recently honored W.T. Leonard & Associates for outstanding sales achievement and performance in 2011, in the company’s third annual sales recognition program. This top sales award for 2011 was presented by Mark Owens, central regional business manager for American Standard, to Tom Leonard, president of W.T. Leonard & Associates, recognizing the firm’s continuous growth in sales and successful execution during the past year. “We congratulate Tom Leonard and his team on a fantastic effort in 2011,” Owens said. “The Midwest territory – consisting of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Central/Southern Illinois – showed consistently strong growth throughout the year. The groundwork laid by W.T. Leonard in each of these states positions this company to hit new levels of growth well into the future.” ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD BRANDS – American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other wellness products for the bath and kitchen as well as decorative panels. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under well known and respected brands, such as American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane Plumbing®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners.

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NEW PRODUCTS A MAJOR FOCUS AT THIS YEARS NATIONAL HARDWARE SHOW

February 24, 2012

New products are one of the engines that drive sales within the home improvement industry, and now attendees at the 2012 National Hardware Show® will be able to find the latest and greatest product innovations easier than ever during the event, which will be held May 1-3 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For the first time ever, this year’s National Hardware Show will feature more than 1,000 new products and inventions in a special Innovation Station display area located off the main show floors. “We know that retail and wholesale buyers are very interested in the latest products and line introductions, so we wanted to make it as easy as possible for buyers to see these products in one easy-to-shop location,” says Sonya Ruff Jarvis, vice president of attendee programs with the National Hardware Show. The Innovation Station area will house: •The New Product World display, which spotlights hundreds of new products from the industry’s leading manufacturers. •The Inventor’s Spotlight, where attendees can get an inside look at what may be the next big product or service in the industry. This year the Inventor’s Spotlight section at the National Hardware Show will also be co-located with Pitch Tank, which will give inventors the opportunity to pitch their breakthrough business concepts and products to Kevin Harrington, Investor Shark on ABC’s “Shark Tank” and chairman of TVGoods, and Steve Rogai, CEO and co-founder of TVGoods.  •Green Product World, which allows retailers to keep up with the growing demand for environmentally friendly products and gather information on the latest in green, eco-friendly and sustainable products that today’s consumers are looking for. Along with these exciting highlighted areas within the Innovation Station, the National Hardware Show will feature its New Product Launch Spotlight area in the central concourse adjacent to the NRHA Village and Stage. The New Product Launch Spotlight area features a host of items that are truly brand new to the industry, have not yet hit the market and have no pre-negotiations, pre-sales and no distribution exclusivity. “By providing areas that are designated to spotlight new products, we hope it will make it even easier for show attendees to see the latest and greatest innovations that manufacturers have brought to the show and provide exhibitors with an even more productive way to launch and showcase their newest offerings,” Jarvis says.  For manufacturers like MJSI Inc., the National Hardware Show provides the ideal venue for launching new products to the home improvement marketplace. “Launching new products at the National Hardware Show is just plain smart. It’s a place where every key decision maker is gathered in one place at one time for the same reason-to see what’s new,” says Marlena Cannon, director of marketing communications at MJSI. “We have exhibited here for seven years and debuted our products with incredible success.”  Rene Pardo, CEO of Brainwave Products, echoes Cannon’s sentiments about the show providing an ideal launching pad to the industry. “Brainwave values the National Hardware Show both for the diversity of attendees (users and resellers) in its target market, as well as the presence and high quality of exhibitors who are also potential clients.”  From an attendee’s perspective, the ability to see such a range of new products from across the spectrum of categories all in one place makes the National Hardware Show a must-attend event. “To actually be able to see all these new products in one place and be able to touch and feel them and talk to the exhibitors about the new lines, there’s nothing else like it,” says Karen Ruedisueli of Paddletown Hardware in Oscoda, Mich. “I’m always blown away by how innovative and clever the manufacturers can be in coming out with new products, and the National Hardware Show lets me see so many different lines and brands all in one place.”  About the National Hardware Show – The National Hardware Show® celebrates a rich history spanning 66 years of serving the home improvement marketplace. From its early beginnings in New York during the post-World War II housing boom and eventual move to Chicago in the 1970s to today’s current location in Las Vegas, the National Hardware Show® continually evolves through the industry’s involvement, commitment and passion to improving America’s quality of life through their homes. Today, the National Hardware Show® is the place for global manufacturers, associations, organizations and the media to unveil their new products, ideas and insights to a broad spectrum of home improvement resellers.  Industry professionals who would like to attend can register for free by going to www.nationalhardwareshow.com.

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GE Opens First New Manufacturing Operation in Louisville, Ky. in Over 50 Years

February 24, 2012

GE General Electric Appliances has announced the opening of its GeoSpring™ Hybrid Water Heater manufacturing facility at Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky. – the first to open there since 1957. The $38 million investment in the new product and a revitalized facility is the first milestone in commitments GE has made since 2009 to invest a total of $1 billion ($800 million in Louisville) and create more than 1,300 new jobs in the U.S. by 2014. The new product and other recent investments at Appliance Park has also created hundreds of highly skilled salaried jobs in fields like engineering, industrial design and manufacturing. “The journey we started in 2009 to get to this day has been an inspirational one,” said GE Appliances President and CEO Charles “Chip” Blankenship. “To reverse decades of outsourcing by bringing new, industry-leading products and jobs back to the U.S. takes tremendous cooperation, imagination, courage and plain hard work by a lot of people. I want to thank our local union, our employees, government and company officials for having and executing a vision that is bringing these jobs to Appliance Park and creating a bright future for our business.” Lean manufacturing and a more competitive wage structure for new employees led to the selection of Louisville as the production site for the new water heater instead of China, where an earlier version of the product was made. Not only can the new product now be made more competitively in the U.S., the GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater, developed by the Louisville team, has an enhanced feature set, offers better performance with greater energy savings and will be more affordable for consumers. The GeoSpring has the distinction of being the first GE Appliances product designed and built using Lean manufacturing principles  . The Lean process, which uses a cross-functional team of employees – including hourly manufacturing workers – to design the product and the manufacturing process, will help increase the competitiveness of the operation by identifying and removing waste in materials and work effort often found in traditional manufacturing. State and local governments also supported putting the new GeoSpring in Louisville with up to $17 million in incentives to design and build the new energy-efficient facility and other investments that the company will make at Appliance Park during the next several years. “We made a commitment early in my administration that energy-related development would be a high priority,” Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said. “We developed an aggressive plan to not only research and develop new kinds of energy production, but to attract businesses and projects that are similarly committed to cleaner, greener energy applications. GE’s new hybrid water heater is a perfect match for our energy commitment and our strong manufacturing core.”

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AMERICAN STANDARD APPOINTS JAY D. GOULD AS PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

January 12, 2012

The Board of Directors of American Standard Brands today announced the appointment of Jay D. Gould as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, a leading North American manufacturer of branded bath and kitchen products serving both the residential and commercial markets, including the new construction and remodeling markets. “We are excited to have Jay take the helm of American Standard,” said Tom Taylor, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “He brings tremendous experience in enhancing companies’ leading market positions and creating value by leading with a focus on growth, innovation and brand development.” Before joining American Standard, Gould was President of the Home & Family Group of Newell Rubbermaid. Taking an innovative, consumer-driven approach to building demand, he significantly increased revenues for the company’s Levolor, Calphalon, Rubbermaid and Graco brands throughout the economic downturn.  Prior to Newell Rubbermaid, Gould held senior executive roles at The Campbell Soup Company, The Coca-Cola Company, and General Mills, Inc., where he helped drive the growth of world class brands such as Coca-Cola, Pepperidge Farm and Minute Maid. “American Standard is an iconic brand with tremendous potential to inspire do-it-yourself consumers and to partner with professionals,” said Gould. “The Company successfully weathered the challenging business environment over the past several years, emerging as an even stronger business and now prepares for a more assertive growth agenda.  That agenda will certainly build on American Standard’s heritage of products with great design and industry-leading performance.” Gould succeeds Don Devine, who led the successful turnaround of American Standard Brands and is leaving the Company to pursue other interests. Under his leadership, the Company completed the strategic mergers of American Standard, Crane Plumbing, Eljer Plumbing, Safety Tubs and Decorative Panels International. The turnaround effort resulted in sustained profitability and a new capital structure for the Company. “While Don has done an outstanding job in building and repositioning the company, Jay will lead the next phase of the Company’s development, which will focus on growth,” Taylor said. About American Standard Brands: –  American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other wellness products for the bath and kitchen as well as decorative panels. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under well known and respected brands, such as American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane®, Eljer®, Fiat®and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners. For more information, visit www.americanstandard.com. About Sun Capital Partners, Inc. – Sun Capital Partners, Inc. is a leading private investment firm focused on leveraged buyouts, equity, debt, and other investments in companies that can benefit from its in–house operating professionals and experience. Sun Capital affiliates have invested in more than 285 companies worldwide with combined sales in excess of $45 billion since Sun Capital’s inception in 1995. Sun Capital has offices in Boca Raton, Los Angeles, and New York, as well as affiliates in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

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2012 KBIS Kitchen & Bath Industry Show Moved Up to 24-26 April Due to G-8 and NATO Summits

January 6, 2012

As part of Chicago’s city-wide schedule adjustments to accommodate the G-8 and NATO summits in May 2012, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) has moved up its annual tradeshow and conference to April 24 to 26, 2012, at McCormick Place, with the conference beginning on April 23. Owned by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and produced by Nielsen Expositions, KBIS brings together nearly 20,000 of the industry’s top dealers, designers, builders, remodelers, retailers, and other professionals directly involved in the design and remodel of residential kitchens and bathrooms. There will be no impact to hotel rates or availability, and the NKBA and Nielsen do not anticipate any impact on the number of attendees or exhibitors at KBIS based on the date shift. In fact, many KBIS exhibitors have already pointed out that they prefer this new date pattern during the week versus the weekend. Additionally, Candice Olson has already confirmed that she is able to serve as the KBIS 2012 opening keynote speaker on the new opening day of the show on April 24. The National Kitchen & Bath Association and Nielsen Expositions will continue to promote these new show dates to ensure that all potential attendees, exhibitors, media, and partners are aware that KBIS2012 will now take place from April 24 to 26, 2012. The NKBA and Nielsen have also ensured that KBIS does not conflict with other national or international industry events. Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer and 2011 NKBA President David Alderman, CMKBD, said, “In the face of Chicago’s sudden need to alter the city’s entire schedule of spring events due to the scheduling of the G8 and NATO summits, I’m very happy that we were able to secure show dates so close to the original schedule and maintain the show’s hotel blocks and discounted pricing.” Jim Scott, show managing director, said, “Chicago is a world-class city, and on behalf of KBIS and the NKBA, we’re excited to see it showcased on the international political stage. We’re happy to be back in Chicago after our well-attended 2011 show. KBIS will again offer our attendees and exhibitors maximized ROI, exposure and networking, and ultimately the best show experience.” Attendees can look forward to the KBIS 2012 trade show floor featuring the newest and most innovative kitchen and bath products from 500 global manufacturers. KBIS will offer a full conference program led by top industry change-makers, as well as play host to vital networking opportunities. The KBIS and NKBA teams have conducted a full lodging review, and hospitality options remain fully open and space has been secured around the new 2012 dates. They also have secured the commitment of Chicago and the convention bureau to maintain exhibitor moving costs at the level they would have been if the original dates were maintained. The McCormick Place reforms to lower labor costs make the 2012 show even more attractive for exhibiting manufacturers. Looking forward to the future of the show, Scott said, “We are also excited by the opportunity to make Chicago the home for KBIS in 2014. We will be making changes in KBIS to more fully incorporate a Chicago-wide experience in the future, extending the value of attending KBIS beyond the actual three days of this year’s event.” About the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) – The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a nonprofit trade association and owner of KBIS. With nearly 40,000 members, the NKBA has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for more than 46 years. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide. NKBA members span 11 kitchen and bath industry segments, including builder/remodeler, cabinet shop, dealer, distributor, decorative plumbing and hardware, designer, fabricator, multi-branch retailer, installer, manufacturer and manufacturer’s representative, many of whom attend or exhibit at KBIS each year.  Nothing compares to KBIS for bringing the industry together—and for bringing you the resources you need for current and future projects. It’s the ultimate Kitchen & Bath destination, 300,000+ net square feet of easy-to-navigate exhibits that are literally sparkling with the freshest designs, products and technology from 500 leading manufacturers and suppliers. Tour the show floor for an information-rich, interactive look at top brands, complete lines and new launches. About the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) – Owned by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and produced by Nielsen Expositions, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is the world’s largest international trade show event dedicated to its industry. KBIS brings together global manufacturers and the top dealers, designers, builders, remodelers, retailers, and other professionals directly involved in the design and remodel of residential kitchens and bathrooms. For more information about KBIS 2012, taking place at Chicago’s McCormick Place April 24 to 26, 2012, visit www.kbis.com.
 
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Striking Styles and Smart Functionality with Pot Fillers from JADO

November 9, 2011

Striking Styles and Smart Functionality with Quality Construction Underlies Attractive Designs, Beautiful Finishes in New Offerings Contemporary and Traditional Pot Fillers with the new JADO offering which includes two functional faucet styles to enhance your professional-grade kitchen: the contemporary and traditional pot fillers. The simple geometry of the contemporary model cuts a striking figure in any kitchen with a sleek, modern bent. Meanwhile, the timeless beauty of the traditional tap will coordinate perfectly with classic kitchen décor. Featuring a single-control actuator and an adjustable arm that effortlessly folds out of the way when not in use, each pot filler is designed to be conveniently located over the range, ending the days of lugging heavy pots of water across the kitchen. The arm extends to 22 inches for ease of use. Both pot fillers install with a single-hole wall mount and are designed for a cold water attachment with a flow rate of three gallons per minute (gpm). Available in three attractive finishes – polished chrome, brushed nickel, and ultra steel – the pot fillers comply with all federal and state regulatory standards for “lead free” plumbing fixtures  Suggested list prices for the JADO contemporary and traditional pot fillers range from $695 – $834. ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD BRANDS – American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other wellness products for the bath and kitchen as well as decorative panels. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under well known and respected brands, such as American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners.

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Efficient Low-Maintenance Solutions For Space and Design-Savvy Commercial Baths

September 4, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good things come in small packages. American Standard illustrates this adage in two new commercial bath offerings that combine high-performance and low-maintenance features with innovative small-space designs. The new Lucia™ wall hung lavatory and Huron™ toilet are small in stature, but offer full-sized features and performance. Lucia Wall-Hung Lavatory Sink – The strikingly stylish Lucia wall-mount lavatory sink offers integral side shelves – perfect for storing toiletries – and suitable for small spaces such as medical offices, hotels, restaurants and condominiums. The practical design offers nearly 15-inches of usable storage surface and a graceful bowed front bowl that is complemented by an arching 2-inch back splash. The sink’s upscale and modern appearance is accompanied by an optional vitreous china shroud that offers a polished, clean-looking installation. The ADA-compliant sink features a single faucet hole, with additional models offering four- or eight-inch centers available in early 2012. Huron Floor-Mount Rear Outlet Toilet – The Huron high-efficiency toilet (HET) offers a unique space-saving shape in a floor-mount, rear-outlet design. Measuring a scant 24 ½-inches from the wall – nearly four-inches shorter than a standard toilet – the Huron toilet combines leading HET performance and product features not traditionally available to commercial specifiers. “Specifiers need versatile products like the Huron for space-challenged applications that require floor-mounted, rear outlet designs along with HET performance,” explains Tony D’Amato, senior product manager,commercial products for American Standard. “The Huron combines all of these leading features in one of the smallest footprints available.” The sturdy floor-mount design of the Huron toilet is ideal for institutional and healthcare/bariatric applications, while its Right Height® rim measurement of 17 ¼-inches makes it a solid choice for accessible and ADA-compliant installations. The high-efficiency, low-consumption toilet utilizes between 1.1 and 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf), while offering direct-fed siphon jet action with a 2-inch fully-glazed trapway and a 1½-inch top spud opening. In addition to its compact design, the Huron toilet mounts directly against the floor and wall, eliminating hard-to-clean areas. The Huron toilet features the EverClean® permanent glaze that inhibits the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew on the surface, helping it stay cleaner, longer. Both the Lucia sink and Huron toilet have a one-year warranty. ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD BRANDS American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other wellness products for the bath and kitchen as well as decorative panels. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under well known and respected brands, such as American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners. For more information, visit www.americanstandard.com.

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THE AMERICAN STANDARD RESPONSIBLE BATHROOM TOUR To Visit 100 Locations Through November 2011

April 1, 2011

The American Standard® Responsible Bathroom Tour to visit 100 locations, now through November 2011. After saving 2.9 billion gallons of water last year, the 2011 American Standard® Responsible Bathroom Tour kicks off this month with visits to more than 100 plumbing wholesale locations in the United States through November. Open to the public, the walk-through mobile plumbing showroom is expected to attract plumbers, specifiers and other construction professionals, along with environmentalists, researchers, housing authorities, utility personnel and consumers. Visitors will learn about water conservation strategies and view product demonstrations. The American Standard® Responsible Bathroom Tour has also partnered with local water municipalities to promote local rebates available for water efficient faucets, toilets and showerheads. Jennifer Johnson of Plumbing Parts Depot, www.PlumbingPartsDepot.info a popular plumbing parts supply distribution warehouse, said “with the shifting tides of the economy and current events the tour is a very refreshing educational experience for consumers and plumbers look forward to the tour being a fun social informational event, networking with other professionals and their favorite American Standard plumbing supplier”. The 2010 Responsible Bathroom Tour exceeded its goal of contributing two billion gallons of annual water savings by nearly 45 percent, measured by sales of product generated through the tour. This year’s Tour will build upon these savings by convincing attendees to adopt new water conserving behaviors and replace old leaky fixtures with top-rated WaterSense®-certified toilets, faucets and showerheads. Water savings progress throughout 2011 will be tracked on the Responsible Bathroom Tour website, TheResponsibleBathroomTour.com, which also lists the tour schedule. American Standard also offers the fun and interactive ResponsibleBathroom.com website, which educates the public about simple steps that can be taken to decrease the amount of water used daily. In total, American Standard expects to save a total of 18 billion gallons of water this year, through its forecasted installations of home and commercial water-saving plumbing products, and visitors’ pledged water savings efforts via these websites. In addition to encouraging personal water saving efforts, The Responsible Bathroom website educates visitors about how conservation efforts will cut their own water costs, as well as what their communities currently must pay to treat the water everyone uses. All of these reductions will increase available freshwater resources without adding new water treatment costs to strained municipal budgets. The Responsible Bathroom Tour and website are two of several initiatives by American Standard Brands to raise awareness of practical water conservation solutions. Other efforts include a two-year, $1 million commitment to support the Nature Conservancy, a leading global conservation organization; sponsorship of the Green Building Program, a unique K-12 curriculum that teaches students about sustainability and the environment, through a partnership with the Green Education Foundation (GEF); and participation in the New Jersey Water Savers “Water Champions” pilot program, with American Standard donating more than $100,000 worth of high efficiency plumbing products to schools and other public buildings throughout New Jersey. For more information about when the tour is visiting your area, or about water efficient plumbing products from American Standard, visit www.TheResponsibleBathroomTour.com or americanstandard.com. ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD BRANDS – American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other wellness products for the bath and kitchen as well as decorative panels. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under well known and respected brands, such as American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners. WaterSense® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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