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American Standard Brands Announces Nationwide Distribution Partnership With Ferguson Enterprises



 American Standard Brands Announces Nationwide Distribution Partnership With
                             Ferguson Enterprises

Largest Wholesale Distributor of Plumbing Supplies in U.S. to Provide American
Standard Products to Market Starting in 2014

PR Newswire

PISCATAWAY, N.J., Oct. 4, 2013

PISCATAWAY, N.J., Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- American Standard Brands
("American Standard"), a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range
of high quality kitchen and bath products, today announced a major new
distribution agreement that will significantly increase its market presence in
the United States. Ferguson Enterprises ("Ferguson"), the largest wholesale
distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and pipe, valves
and fittings in the U.S., will become an authorized American Standard
wholesaler as of January 1, 2014. Ferguson will supply American Standard in
its showrooms and branch locations, including sinks, tubs, toilets, faucets
and other high-quality kitchen and bath products in the American Standard
portfolio of brands.

Following closely on the acquisition of American Standard by LIXIL Corp. in
June, this announcement marks another important step in American Standard's
strategic growth. The addition of Ferguson will significantly expand American
Standard's penetration in the wholesale market, including presence in all 50
states, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Mexico. The partnership exemplifies the
Company's holistic approach to serving the market, and will bring greater
choice to wholesale customers nationwide.

"This partnership is key to American Standard's growth plan for North America
and is an important element of the global expansion strategy of our new
parent, LIXIL. Moreover, it represents a terrific opportunity for both us and
Ferguson that will bring greater efficiencies through competition to the
wholesale marketplace," said Jay Gould, American Standard Brands President and
CEO. "The increased visibility of American Standard will benefit all of our
customers by driving traffic to showrooms and counters across the country."  

This new partnership complements American Standard's relationship with
Wolseley in Canada, where the companies have partnered for many years.
Ferguson and Wolseley Canada are both owned by Wolseley plc. American Standard
products will begin arriving in Ferguson showrooms and counters in the first
quarter of 2014.

About American Standard
American Standard is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality
kitchen and bath products that make life healthier, safer and more beautiful
for residential and commercial customers in North America, Canada and Mexico.
The company employs more than 5,000 people and markets products under the
brand names of American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane
Plumbing®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American
Standard Brands is owned by Lixil Corporation (TSE Code 5938), a global
building products company.
For more information about American Standard, visit:
www.americanstandard.com
twitter.com/AmStandard
www.facebook.com/AmericanStandardPlumbing

SOURCE American Standard Brands

Website: http://www.americanstandard.com
Contact: Nora DePalma, O'Reilly DePalma for American Standard, (770) 772-4726,
nora.depalma@oreilly-depalma.com
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