Golden Hammer Profile: Fluidmaster
It wouldn’t be entirely accurate to describe Fluidmaster as a company that manufactures toilet tank parts.
As David McFarland, director marketing for the San Juan Capistrano, California-based company explained to HCN, the company’s commitment to giving back is so integral to its identity, it chose a heart-shaped logo.
"In 1957, our founder Adolf Schoepe had a vision for a better, more efficient toilet fill valve and a desire to build a business the right way; by providing the best product for the customer’s dollar, the best jobs for employees based on their contributions to the company, and by being a good citizen in the community," he said.
Its extensive list of corporate giving beneficiaries includes numerous local youth programs, the Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Engineers Without Borders and more.
But enough about the charity — the product is just as noteworthy.
Fluidmaster sells more than 72 million toilet repair parts each year, with a global distribution network that reaches more than 80% of the world’s population.
In addition, it’s tackling big issues in its field: the imminent rise of touchless flush technology, as well as high-efficiency and dual-flush options that aim to reduce water use. A Flush ‘N Sparkle system, which automatically adds cleaning solution to the bowl with each flush, is a nice touch for customers who want the cleaning to take care of itself.
As a result of all of these things and more, Fluidmaster took home the Golden Hammer award in the Plumbing Supplies and Equipment category this year.
The above is one of a series of profiles recognizing this year’s Golden Hammer Vendor winners, to appear on HomeChannelNews.com and in HCN Daily. Thirty-one Golden Hammer Vendor winners were honored this year at the 2014 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.
Recovery on the agenda
James Egan, VP on the Securitized Products Strategy team at Morgan Stanley, will speak at an upcoming webinar presentation on the “State of the Housing Recovery.”
Morgan Stanley and HomeSphere have been collaborating on home builder research and survey efforts since the start of 2014. The July 22 webinar will present their insights for the first half of the year.
Egan focuses on U.S. housing as well as Non-Agency RMBS (residential mortgage backed securities). Egan joined Morgan Stanley in 2008. He holds a BA in commerce from the University of Virginia.
HomeSphere develops and manages the home-building industry’s only B2B digital lead generation service, connecting more than 80 preferred building product manufacturer brands across 23 product categories with more than 16,000 local and regional home builders.