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10/28/2011

American Standard Brands Joins the Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Consortium (HSPC)

American Standard, a Leading North American Manufacturer of High-Quality Bathroom Products for the Hospitality Industry, Will Collaborate with Other Visionary Organizations to Build an Industry-Wide Sustainability Performance Index

PISCATAWAY, N.J.(October 28, 2011) — The Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Consortium announced today that American Standard Brands has joined the Consortium as a Founding Member.  A leader in creating high quality bathroom products for the hospitality industry, American Standard’s membership furthers the Consortium’s goals of establishing the Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Index (HSP Index) as the
de facto performance measurement solution for the industry.

With more than 4.5 million hotel rooms in the U.S., the products that American Standard produces – including faucets, shower systems, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, kitchen sinks, bath tubs, and other plumbing products and accessories – are major investments for all hotels, brands and owners. As an element of in-room bathroom design, they also have a substantial impact on the guest experience and the environmental footprint of a hotel.

“Increasingly, hotel guests, as well as property owners and developers, are demanding products that conserve water without sacrificing performance,” said Michele Hudec, vice president for product and business development for American Standard Brands.  “We are looking forward to working with other industry leaders, via the Consortium, to establish the performance criteria that helps make it easier to incorporate sustainable products throughout the hospitality industry.”

Twenty-five organizations are now part of the Consortium, including more than a dozen industry-leading suppliers, brands, architects, designers, purchasing firms and sustainability consultants.

American Standard and the HSPC

The Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Consortium (HSPC), created and led by MindClick SGM™, is a collaborative organization to help hotel owners purchase products that both reduce their properties’ environmental impact, and contribute to guest comfort, health and well-being.

American Standard, along with other Consortium members, will help establish criteria for creation of a new Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Index, which will include measures of corporate social responsibility, environmental and product sustainability.  Product categories covered include furnishings, fixtures and equipment (FF&E), and operating supplies and equipment (OS&E).

"We are happy to welcome American Standard to the Consortium,” said JoAnna Abrams, CEO of MindClick SGM™.  “It is important to the success of the HSP Index that the Consortium reflect the depth and breadth of products used to equip hotels, and make them attractive and responsive to guest needs.  The participation of well-established industry suppliers such as American Standard reflects the belief in and recognition of the importance of the Consortium’s efforts to create an industry-wide solution for greening the hotel supply chain. She concluded, “Like other industry innovators, American Standard is taking the lead in the push to balance cost, quality and sustainability.  We look forward to their contribution in shaping the HSP Index.”

American Standard joins existing Consortium members Marriott International, Audit Logistics, Aqua Hospitality Carpets, Benjamin West, BYD, Contract Decor International, Delta Faucet Company, Innvision, InterfaceFLOR, Majestic Mirror and Frame, Mark David, PE INTERNATIONAL Inc., Quiltcraft Industries, Richloom Fabrics Group, RTKL, SERA Architects, Shafer Commercial Seating, Simmons Hospitality Bedding and Valley Forge Fabrics.

About American Standard Brands

American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other wellness products for the bath and kitchen as well as decorative panels. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under well known and respected brands, such as American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners. The company is online at www.americanstandard.com, on Twitter at twitter.com/amercanstandardand on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanStandardPlumbing.

About the Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Consortium

Established in June 2011 by MindClick SGM™, the Consortiumis comprised of a group of leaders in the hotel industry representing brands, suppliers, architecture and design firms, purchasing companies, owners and sustainability experts.  Led by MindClick, Consortium members are working collaboratively to provide the industry with a unified approach to greening the global supply chain.  The Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Index (HSPI) will set the criteria for sustainable purchasing and create a repository of supplier performance in the areas of corporate social responsibility, product, and environmental sustainability.  For more information visit www.hspiconsortium.com.

About MindClick SGM

MindClick SGM, a leading sustainability research and consulting firm, provides clients with performance measurement tools to develop, implement, improve and promote product and company sustainability.  Serving clients ranging from global Fortune 1000 companies in consumer products, automotive, and hospitality, to family owned building products suppliers, to government municipalities, MindClick drives growth through sustainability.  Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in San Francisco and Seattle, MindClick combines a decade of experience in sustainability with 20+ years of research, product development and marketing expertise.  The result is sustainability performance rating services that provide executive decision makers with the knowledge to maximize business success.  For more information, visit www.mindclicksgm.com.

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