2016 Plumbing Industry Insights
from Mansfield Plumbing.
focus on aging-in-place products for the bathroom. Faster
availability of products for plumbers. Continued focus on high
performance, low consumption toilets. These are just some of the top
trends for 2016 in the plumbing products industry identified by
"Strong focus on high performing, low water usage products is a
trend that is here to stay," says Jim Morando, president of
Mansfield Plumbing. "Both plumbing professionals and homeowners want
1.0 and 1.28 Gpf toilets that are water efficient while still
providing high levels of performance when it comes to mass removal.
This is actually more than a trend. It's a way of life that's
becoming the norm for our industry."
Another trend the industry will be living with for decades to come
is the large number of Baby Boomers moving into the next stages of
their lives. The U.S. Census Bureau reported in 2014 that there were
76.4 million Baby Boomers currently living in the United States.
Given those numbers, Morando believes that ADA-compliant
sanitaryware and bathware products are a category that will soar in
the coming years.
"There's a huge population of homeowners who are proactively seeking
products that will make the aging process easier for them," says
Morando. "Taller toilets that are ADA-approved and walk-in tubs will
be the winners for this category of people. It's all about making
life easier as we get older. Products like a SmartHeightTM toilet or
a Restore walk-in tub will continue to have increased sales as Baby
Boomers make aging-in-place purchase decisions in the years to
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Trade Partner Trends
For plumbers, builders and distribution locations, Morando
believes the continued trend in 2016 will be on wanting to
obtain quality products quickly, from companies that are
easy to do business with in the marketplace.
"Distributors don't have the space or desire to stock a
massive amount of inventory," says Morando. "Plumbers don't
want to wait weeks to get the products they need. The
solution is companies like ours that offer Made-in-America
products that are delivered in seven days or less and are
"We've achieved strong sales growth this year by giving
customers exactly what they want, when they want it. By
being easy to do business with and offering quality products
quickly, we are simplifying life for everyone in the
purchasing process --- from the dealer to the plumber or
builder right down to the homeowner."
The Future for Mansfield Plumbing
Looking ahead into 2016, Morando says his company will stay
focused on efficient operations and providing new products
that are requested by trade partners and consumers.
"We will continue investing in our USA operations by
launching new products in 2016 and looking at ways to make
our operations even more efficient," says Morando. "We're
constantly evaluating and improving our go-to-market
efforts, our product offerings and the overall value we
bring to customers to make their lives easier."
More than 90 percent of the millions of sanitaryware pieces
made each year by Mansfield Plumbing are constructed in the
United States. Because the products are made in America, the
company offers shorter lead times and higher fill rates than
any other vitreous china manufacturer.
Mansfield Plumbing precision manufactures millions of pieces
of sanitaryware and bathware each year at its facilities in
Perrysville and Big Prairie, Ohio and in Henderson, Texas.
Founded in 1929, Mansfield Plumbing, which is owned by
Corona, is a leading producer of top-quality, high-design,
performance plumbing fixtures and fittings for use in
residential, commercial and institutional markets. For more
https://www.mansfieldplumbing.com or call 877-850-3060. .
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