American Standard Recognized as a Partner of the Year and Product Innovator by The Home Depot

Oct 22, 2015

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 22, 2015) ― American Standard Brands is proud to announce its recognition as a 2015 Supplier Partner of the Year by The Home Depot for the kitchen and bath division. In addition, the American Standard Optum VorMax toilet was a runner-up for the 2015 Innovation Award for its pioneering new flushing system.

The Partner of the Year designation was granted to acknowledge the collaborative relationship between American Standard and The Home Depot, including achievements through the promotion of new Champion and Cadet toilet models. The revolutionary Optum VorMax toilet, which was launched jointly with The Home Depot, was also recognized through this award.

“It is a sincere honor to be named a Partner of the Year by an influential retailer like The Home Depot,” said Steven Delarge, chief executive officer and president of LIXIL Water Technology Americas. “We deeply value this partnership with such an expert merchant, allowing us to offer high performing plumbing products to homeowners, do-it-yourselfers and contractors across the United States.”

The American Standard Optum VorMax toilet was also recognized as a runner-up for the retailer’s 2015 Innovation Award – the only product in the kitchen and bath category to receive this designation. Each year, The Home Depot Innovation Award honors inventive new products that deliver unique, measurable benefits to users, as well as recognize the work of pioneering manufacturers who provide unmatched performance and service. The Optum VorMax toilet was acknowledged for its ground-breaking flushing technology that delivers one powerful jet of water to scrub the entire bowl clean; in fact, it has been independently verified to clean the bowl two times better than conventional toilets*.

Accepting both awards on behalf of American Standard Brands were Chief Operating Officer Michael Marchi, Vice President, Retail Sales Chris Barg and Sales Director Ken Keane.

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American Standard Brands make life healthier, safer and more beautiful at home, at work, in the community and throughout the world. Offering total project solutions for residential and commercial customers around the world with respected brands such as American Standard®, DXV™, Safety Tubs®, Crane Plumbing®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is owned by LIXIL Corporation (TSE Code 5938), and is part of LIXIL Water Technology business, which operates across 150 countries. The LIXIL Water Technology brands include: LIXIL, INAX, GROHE, American Standard, and JAXSON. Learn more at, or follow us at,

Champion®, Cadet® and VorMax® are registered trademarks of American Standard Brands.

Optum™ is trademark of American Standard Brands. *Source: Test witnessed by IAPMO R&T Labs comparing VorMax against conventional under-the-rim-water-dispersal toilets from major retailers.



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