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Revenue: $20 million / HQ: Clarion, Pa. / Employees: 180 / Specialty: Bath products / Lee Wentling, senior VP of sales and marketing:“The quality of our products is the best in the industry according to our customers.”
clarion bathware manufactures and designs american-made bath units using the latest technology.
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clarion bathware’s innovation and flexibility ensures its products are second-to-none. by eric slack
Clarion Bathware’s experience in the bath product industry stretches back for nearly four decades. Today, the company uses the latest technology to create American-made bath units that have a combination of aesthetically pleasing design and value for the customer. Clarion Bathware is capable of building custom molds depending on customer specifications, and it has its own fleet of airride trailers so it can guarantee ontime delivery and safe handling of its bath products. “We can manufacture products that customers need,” says Lee Wentling, senior vice president of sales and marketing. “We can get new designs or molds ready and available in a matter of months.” 138
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the company’s central sales department for large jobs. “With our assisted living business, we ship product nationwide,” President and CEO David Groner says. “Our residential and manufactured housing business is focused within 500 miles of Clarion, Pa.” “We deal with major national wholesale chains throughout the country,” Wentling adds. “For assisted living, we focus on connecting with engineers and architects.” The company’s product portfolio includes showers, shower pans, tub/shower combinations, whirlpools and soakers and walk-in tubs. Clarion Bathware is also well-known for its Independence line of more than 60 custom-crafted assisted living products and its Master Shower Collection of larger than standard showers. One of the company’s newer developments is its Quantum Series, featuring the new Clarion Bathware E-Z Pin System designed for fast, simple installation. The system saves contractors time and makes them more profitable. “That stainless steel riveting system can be put together and taken apart as many times as needed,” Groner says.
A manufacturer of an extensive line of acrylic and gelcoat fiberglass bath products, Clarion Bathware does not sell direct to the public. It goes to market through plumbing wholesalers that stock Clarion’s products and accommodate special orders. “We have our own trucking company, a sister company called Clarion Transportation that helps us guarantee safe, timely delivery,” Wentling says.
Clarion Bathware uses a manufacturing process that the company feels brings a level of quality and innovation that is unmatched. The company uses state-of-the-art modeling and mold-making processes to create custom molds to exact specification and an array of architectural requirements and designs. All products go through three inspection stations to ensure quality before shipping. “We track everything, and that inspection process helps us make sure we fix problems before they become recurring,” Groner says. “We also have ‘Target Zero’ programs in shipping, safety and production.” The company employs highly trained
Clarion Bathware serves three distinct markets – manufactured housing, residential and assisted living/commercial. Property owners and trade professionals can contact locally based sales reps in the states where the company has representation, or they can contact
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