Companies making headlines in the industry

U.S. Industries Reports Income Increase

U.S. Industries, parent company of Jacuzzi, Zurn and Eljer, reported income for fiscal year 2002 as $33.8 million, or 46 cents per diluted share, compared to a loss of $179.8 million, or $2.43 per diluted share, in fiscal 2001. Sales were $1.16 billion for the year, compared to $1.11 billion in 2001. The increase was offset by a decrease in sales in the bath and plumbing segment, which was affected by the disposal of European HVAC businesses and the discontinued product lines in the segment's U.S. brass operations.

HeatLink Moves Distribution Center

HeatLink USA expanded into a larger, automated, centrally located, 24-hour distribution center in Mokena, Ill. Its main sales and design offices will remain in Grand Rapids, Mich. For more information, call 800/968-8905 or visit

In other news, HeatLink appointed Troy Timmer and Barry Trausenecker as product managers. Timmer will head up the radiant floor heating and snowmelting group; Trausenecker will head Airlink, HeatLink's pressurized duct air-conditioning and heating product group.

March Of Dimes Honors Elkay

The March of Dimes honored Elkay with its Vision 20/20 award, which recognizes DuPage County, Ill., businesses and organizations for their outstanding work in building a healthy community through progressive workplace practices.

Bradford White Offers Product Information CD-ROMs

Bradford White has developed its "Product Information Series" of CD-ROMs, designed to help engineers, wholesalers and contractors understand the company's product line so they can recommend, sell and install Bradford products. Each interactive CD features a 7-10 minute presentation of a particular product. For more information, contact a Bradford White representative.

Delta Gives Tour

Trade press editors were given a tour of Delta Faucet Co.'s facilities in Greensburg, Ind., last fall. All aspects of the manufacturing process were observed in the 471,000-sq. ft. plant, as well as its quality assurance process. Every Delta faucet is tested under simulated real-life conditions (air, water, movement) to guarantee the product will work properly when installed in a consumer's home. Here, Dave Morrow uses water to test a vegetable sprayer.