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January 12, 2014

Stealth toilets to be made in Kokomo

Ultra high-efficiency line features new technology.

A toilet that uses half as much water, and yet still won’t clog?

That’s what they’re about to start making in Kokomo at the old Gerber Pottery plant on the city’s north side.

This week, Charleston, S.C.-based Niagara Conservation reiterated what Kokomo residents have known for months: the most modern, ultra high-efficiency toilets available on the market will be American made in 2015, and produced at the refurbished plant now renamed Patriot Porcelain.

Company officials Tuesday said they’ll be manufacturing an entire line of ultra high-efficiency toilets [UHETs] at the Kokomo plant, as part of a plan to expand an environmental rebate program the company offers.

The program, called Green City, allows residents in participating cities to pay off the up-front costs of installing water-saving toilets, shower heads and aerators gradually on a municipal utility bill.

Because participants are seeing a reduction in their water bills at the same time they’re paying back the installation costs, the result is usually a big reduction in water usage without increased costs for the property owner.

“For nearly 40 years, Niagara has been a family-owned, forward-thinking company on the cutting-edge of water conservation,” Bill Cutler, Niagara Conservation’s president and CEO, said in a press release Tuesday. “Our decision to further develop our toilet line and invest in a new plant allows us to continue to be an industry leader in manufacturing innovative water and energy-saving solutions, while our growing Green City program allows us to provide utilities and other businesses with a turnkey, water-saving solution for their customers.”

Niagara’s line of toilets, under its Stealth brand, includes both .8 gallon-per-flush units, and dual units which flush at .5 gpf and at .95 gpf. Company officials said they intend to have both units manufactured in Kokomo.

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