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Homewerks Worldwide, LLC
500 Bond Street
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
(meets North American Standard)
Homewerks, founded in 2007 by CEO Peter D. Berkman, is a privately held importer and distributor of Asian-made home improvement products which are sold under a variety of brands, including private brands exclusive to hardware and plumbing retailers. It is a combination buying cooperative and logistics company that provides warehousing, distribution, inventory control, market research, quality assurance and after-sale product support at less cost that its corporate customers can provide these services for themselves.
• Baypointe® faucets to the True Value hardware buying cooperative,
• AquaVista faucets to Orchard Supply Hardware,
• Estora® faucets to Estora Products Company, LLC which sells through online general merchandising sites such as Amazon, ATG Stores, Rakuten, Sears and Walmart as well as decorative hardware and plumbing supply stores like Build.com and Faucets Direct;
• Aqueous faucets to Affiliated Distributors and some (but not all)
• AquaSource® and Project Source® faucets to
The company formerly supplied but this relationship appears to have ended.
The faucets are made in China and Taiwan. Homewerks gets the most out of its buying dollar by consolidating its purchases in larger blocks to get better prices from its Asian suppliers. It also back-stops its retail-store customers with parts inventories and after-sale warranty and parts support. A call to True Value about a defective Baypointe faucet will not go to True Value, but to Homewerks customer service. This service relieves individual retailers from the cost of providing the customer services necessary to support what is often a lifetime warranty on the faucets distributed by Homewerks.
Hoover Ventilation Fans?
Homewerks does not just sell faucets. It also distributes other plumbing fixtures such as shower components and bathroom ventilation fans, including fans sold under the Hoover brand.Homewerks faucet manufacturers include
We bought one to examine, and while a nice fan, it is nothing remarkable. So, how did a famous vacuum cleaner brand end up on a bath fan?
We are all familiar with Hoover, for years the premier upright vacuum cleaner brand sold in North America and the United Kingdom.
Founded in North Canton, Ohio in 1908, it had, by 1936, developed the iconic "Hoover look" with all of its mechanisms enclosed in a Bakelite cover designed by Hoover's chief designer, Henry Dreyfus.
In 1989 Hoover was acquired by Maytag, which was in turn purchased by Whirlpool in 2006. Whirlpool sold the Hoover division to the Hong Kong-based Techtronic Industries, closing Hoover's North Canton plant in 2007. All Hoover vacuum cleaners are now made in China.
The Hoover vacuum was even more popular in the United Kingdom that it was in North America. So much so that the word "hoover" entered the vernacular. To hoover, in England, means to vacuum a floor, and any vacuum cleaner is commonly referred to as a hoover, not just the Hoover brand.
So, with all this impressive pedigree, how did the Homewerks bath fan earn the famous Hoover name?
It didn't. Techtronic, like other appliance companies, owns well-known trade names associated with famous products, and are not above renting the names for use on non-competing merchandise. Homewerks simply pays a fee to Techtronic to use the Hoover trade mark, which is how the celebrated Hoover name became associated with a rather ordinary bath fan. Electrolux does the same with its many brand names. For example, it leases the venerable Frigidaire name to to enhance that company's otherwise unremarkable Chinese-made kitchen sinks.
• chartered in Taiwan, but which does most of its manufacturing in China, and makes the vast majority of Homewerks faucets;
• Long Tai Copper Corp. which sells the Lucky Top brand in Asia;
• Meijie Faucet Co., Ltd. which sells the MJF in China;
• of Taiwan;
• Wellmade Faucets Corp. of Taiwan that sells Welmade brand sanitary wares throughout Asia.
Warranties on these faucets vary by brand, but are typically lifetime warranties, which generally means "for as long as the original purchaser owns the house in which the faucet was originally installed". However, always check the warranty of the particular faucet you are thinking of buying. Some warranties are for less than a lifetime.
Customer service for these faucets is handled through Homewerks, and is very good. Homewerks agents were able to assist with identifying parts for faucets, even faucets that were no longer being sold through its various outlets, and quickly provide replacement parts. Technical support was not nearly as good. Customer service agents were unable to effectively respond to our (purely fictional) installation issues.
Homewerks styling is not cutting edge. Chinese faucet styles tend to conservative designs targeting mass market customers. A faucet design that proves popular in the European or North American markets will ultimately be copied by Chinese factories. The lag time is normally three to five years behind the Western prototypes. Homewerks faucets follow the general Chinese pattern, but some are so lacking in style that they look like left-overs from the Delta or Moen collections of the 1980s.
Nor are the faucets technologically advanced. While most include a generic Chinese ceramic cartridge, some still use the old Delta ball cartridge (which is not a drawback for most of us old-timers who remember the ball cartridge as a reliable, long lasting component, but may be disconcerting to some buyers). However, the Homewerks web site is very good about identifying the type of cartridge used in each faucet. It also identifies the faucet's certifications and whether or not the faucet is Watersense® certified.
Most of the manufacturers that make faucets for the various Homewerks brands also manufacture for other faucet importers that sell discount faucets in the U.S. and Canada.
So, a great many faucets, similar if not identical to those sold by Homewerks, are available from any number of other Asian importers. And, if you ever wondered why Asian faucets all seem to look alike, there's your answer. A great many different brands are manufactured in the same large Asian factories.
China- and Taiwan-made faucets comparable to Homewerks brands include We are continuing to research the company. If you have experience with any of the Homewerks faucet brands, good, bad or indifferent, we would like to hear about it, so please contact us or post a comment below.