Jacuzzi Brands announced it would be closing the Tupelo, Miss., plant of its Eljer subsidiary, explaining "the cost to manufacture products at this facility is still significantly higher than sourcing those products from suppliers." The closure of Tupelo follows the previously announced and completed closing of Eljer's Salem, Ohio, cast-iron foundry and the downsizing of its Ford City, Pa., ceramics plant.

Additionally, Carl Nicolia, formerly a business unit manager in Jacuzzi Brands' Zurn subsidiary, has been appointed COO of Eljer with the mandate to complete the restructuring and improve profitability.