Chicago Faucet

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The Chicago Faucet Company
Industry Plumbing
Founded 1901 (1901)[1]
Founder Albert Brown[2]
Headquarters Des Plaines, United States of America[1]
Key people
Andreas Nowak
Revenue US$70 million (2001)[3]
Parent Geberit

The Chicago Faucet Company, founded on the near-west side of Chicago, Illinois, has been producing faucets and other plumbing fixtures since 1901.[4] The company founder, Albert C. Brown, invented the Quaturn Cartridge in 1913 that worked with the flow of water to make it both easy to open and close the spigots and forestalled leak development.

The Great Depression hit the company hard because of a decline in new construction. Despite the depression, the company persevered by participating in the Chicago World's Fair of 1933 and briefly converted to the production of nuts, bolts, screws, and parachute hooks during World War II.[5]

In 2002 the Swiss Geberit AG acquired Chicago Faucet. Currently the Chicago Faucet Company has its headquarters in Des Plaines, Illinois, and employs over 500 people in Des Plaines, Milwaukee, Elyria, Ohio, Michigan City, Indiana, and Huntsville, Alabama.[6] Chicago Faucet has sales in the neighborhood of $70 million a year.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Company Description: Chicago Faucet". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Chicago Faucet Company". Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Riley, Key (10 July 2002). "Chicago Faucet sells for $33M". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  4. ^ History of Chicago Faucets
  5. ^ How Chicago Faucets survived the Great Depression
  6. ^ "Company History". The Chicago Faucet Company. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-05-13. Retrieved 2007-06-08. 
  7. ^ "Geberit buys Chicago Faucet". 2005. Retrieved 2007-06-08.