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American Ingenuinity

American Standard products work hard for you and your customers. We make them that way. On these pages, you’ll see why. The best flushing performance in the industry. Easy installation for faucets and toilets. Whirlpools, faucets and toilets that help keep themselves clean. American ingenuity is our heritage. For more than 140 years, American Standard laboratories have been making life easier for plumbers.

History of American Standard’s World, Part 1

Here’s an abridged history of American Standard American ingenuity at work. It changes often. We’re very proud of that.



1883 The Standard Manufacturing Company perfects the process of enameling cast iron to form a smooth easy-to-clean surface for bathtubs.
1904 Standard Manufacturing opens showrooms to augment its consumer and trade advertising.
1951 Sanistand, a woman's urinal, is placed in public restrooms across the country in a pilot program.
1968 Phil Donahue teams up with American Standard and a wholesaler to dedicate one of his local Dayton, OH shows to the topic of plumbing fixtures. TV's first frank toilet talk generated more than 2,000 phoned-in questions from viewers.
1980 American Standard patents its ceramic disc valving technology to keep faucets drip-free with smooth handle performance for a lifetime of use.
1987 Americast introduced as lightweight enameled alternative to cast iron for bathtubs and kitchen sinks.
2003 The Champion Flushing System is introduced with the industry’s largest siphon outlet, motivating Americans to toss their plungers for good and plumbers to embrace the confidence of the first 10 year warranty in the industry and the first warranty to cover both tank and trim.
2006 Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? American Standard simplifies faucet installation with the SpeedConnect drain that has just four parts.