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American Standard Brands
6615 West Boston
JADO is a faucet brand formerly sold and serviced in the U.S. by American Standard Brands. It is owned, however, by Ideal Standard International, S.A., a Belgian company controlled by Mitt Romney's Bain Capital Partners.
The faucets are manufactured by JADO Design Armatur und Beschlag AG, a German company founded in 1890 to make suitcase fittings. Majority ownership of the company was acquired by the former American Standard Companies in 2000.
In 2007 American Standard Companies was dissolved and its assets sold. Its kitchen and bath division became two different companies: American Standard Brands which operates in the U.S. and Asia and Ideal Standard, which took over American Standard assets in Europe, including JADO.
American Standard Brands continued to buy JADO faucets from Ideal Standard, which it then marketed in the U.S. However, the product line was demphasized. Then, on October 31, 2013 American Standard Brands abruptly announced to its distributors that it would discontinue both Ideal Standard luxury brands: JADO and Porcher, effective immediately, in favor of its own new luxury brand introduced the previous May.
American Standard will continue to provide warranty and parts support for the brands in North American and JADO and Porcher faucets already in inventory will continue to be sold until inventories are exhausted, but no additional JADO or Porcher faucets will be imported.
It is not clear as of the date of this review whether Ideal Standard will arrange other channels for the importation of the brand into the U.S. and Canada, or simply abandon the North American market altogether. It may be that under agreements with American Standard Brands it is not allowed to compete in North America using any other distributor.
Under the old American Standard Companies, Jado faucets were manufactured in the American Standard factory in Wittlich, Germany. A few still are, but Ideal Standard has exported a lot of JADO manufacturing to China. Most JADO faucets are now made in China: fully assembled, finished, packaged and ready to sell.
From certification and import records, we know that JADO buys finished faucets from Seagull Kitchen and Bath Products Co., Ltd. located in Gangzhou, China; and both finished faucets dnd ceramic cartridges from Solex High-Tech Industries Co., Ltd. from Xiamen, China. Seagull manufactures for a number of American faucet companies, including
If you buy a JADO faucet believing it to be a German faucet, you may be disappointed. Your chances of getting an actual German-made faucet are slim, and even if the faucet was made in Wittlich, odds are that it contains a lot of Chinese components.
JADO is in every sense a designer faucet. JADO's designers are world famous and include Christian Bjørn, one of the best of the Danish industrial designers; Jean Nouvel a renown architect from Paris; Ad Van Berlo from Holland; and Artefakt, an industrial design collaboration created by Tomas Fiegl and Achim Pohl in Germany.
With striking designs, beautiful finishes and generally excellent quality, JADO has a case for its belief that its faucet line is instantly recognizable for both its quality and style. All JADO faucets are available in polished chrome. Some are also available in other finishes such as JADO's Ultra Brass PVD finish, and a very few in split finishes. The collection favors very contemporary style, but some of the transitional designs might fit in a traditional bath. We have seen no indication that the relocation of much of the company's manufacturing to China has had any effect on quality.
JADO faucets sold in the U.S. and Canada as of October 31, 2013 were certified to comply with all U.S./Canadian plumbing standards and are accepted by all U.S. and Canada plumbing codes. All JADO faucets were also certified lead free under the very rigorous standard required by the Safe Drinking Water Act as of 2014, and were legal to sell or lease in Canada and to "introduce into commerce" in the U.S. They were also legal for sale in those states that have their own lead free laws: California, Vermont, Louisiana and Maryland. The faucets now available from European sources are certified for installation in the European Union, but not in North America which has different certification requirements.
Foreign-made faucets comparable to JADO include
Comparable American-made faucets include
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