On the Road - Moen

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If you design kitchens and baths, you know there's a process to sketching out ideas. At Moen, their sketches build the products you put in your final designs.

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As the originator of the single-handle faucet, Moen is well-known as one of the top plumbing brands in the U.S. In fact, it's such a popular worldwide brand that in Canada (where the company ranks No. 1 in marketshare) homeowners have been known to call their faucet a "Moen." The company is also seeing impressive growth in China where it has a corporate-owned and operated manufacturing facility that produces fixtures just for the Chinese market and has plans to open as many as 100 Moen showrooms.

"We have nothing like that here in the U.S.," says Andrea Maher, senior marketing communications specialist of the Chinese showroom concept. "It really speaks to the interest in our products abroad. We've been in China for more than 10 years, and it's so interesting to see how different the aesthetic is there — very modern, all chrome — compared to the traditional designs we're used to." One thing the company does have in the U.S. is it headquarters in North Olmsted, Ohio, complete with a state-of-the-art design and testing facility. The Moen staff recently gave REMODELING a tour of the facility, sharing insight into how new products come to life.