Chicago Faucets was founded on July 12, 1901 by Albert C. Brown, who took his savings and opened a small shop in the near West Side of Chicago. There, he made a variety of plumbing fixtures as an OEM supplier. He also create gas regulator valves, oil burner tips and nozzles, and lamp shades. By 1911, there was a strong demand for the company's plumbing products and it had grown to the point where it started marketing them under its own name and distributed its expanding line via wholesale plumbing supply houses.
In 1913, Brown invented a cartridge which became the cornerstone of the Chicago Faucet Company -- the patented Quaturn™ cartridge -- a replaceable, totally self-contained cartridge that has the ability to turn water flow off from full flow with one-quarter turn of the handle. The cartridge can also be closed with the flow of the water contrary to going against it thereby minimizing washer wear and virtually eliminating drips.
Chicago Faucets is a leading manufacturer of commercial faucets for over 110 years. It has manufacturing, research, and development facilities located exclusively in the US. It takes pride in its firm commitment to quality backed by determination and knowledge that are definitely American.
In 2002, the Geberit Group, a 125 year-old company headquartered in Jona Switzerland that provides plumbing technology, acquired Chicago Faucets. The company has a staff numbering over 6,000 people worldwide. The Chicago Faucets company has 500 people in operations located in Des Plaines, Illinois; Michigan City, Indiana; Elyria, Ohio; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Chicago Faucets is one of the only few companies that still manufacture permanent mold, yellow brass castings in the US. Added to its standard castings, Chicago Faucets builds ECAST faucets, a line of stout high-quality faucets and fittings that are manufactured with 0.25% or less total lead content by weighted average.
Chicago Faucets foundry, manufacturing, assembly, and distribution facilities are located within a 350 mile radius of its corporate office, giving the company unparalleled control of product quality and an ability to immediately deliver products to any location in the US.
Up to this day, the company is still a leader in supplying fittings for the schools, office buildings, conference centers, restaurants, stadiums, hospitals, and other commercial installations.