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5101 Menard Drive
Eau Claire, WI 54703
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This Company In Brief
Menards' is a family-owned corporation operating home improvement stores in the upper mid-west. the company sells a number of in house brands, many manufactured by Menards-owned companies. Menards' in-house faucet brands include Plumbwork and Tuscany faucets. Plumbwork is a collection of lower-end faucets, fixtures, fittings and accessories. Tuscany the name given to Menards' mid-range faucet and fixture line that includes sinks, toilets, and bath hardware as well as faucets. All Menards faucets are manufactured in Asia.
Founded in 1960, Menards' is a family-owned corporation headquartered in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It operates more than 280 big box home improvement stores in 14 upper Midwestern states.
Like its main competitors the company sells a number of in house brands, many manufactured by Menards-owned companies. Midwest Manufacturing, for example, makes Ultra Deck composite decking, Master Craft doors, steel roofing and siding, roof and floor trusses, landscape blocks, composite fencing, Pro Rib pole barns and Custom Craft solid surfacing countertops.
Menards' in-house faucet brands include Plumbwork and Tuscany faucets. Plumbwork is a collection of lower-end faucets, fixtures, fittings and accessories, many seemingly styled in the 1970s. Tuscany the name given to Menards' mid-range faucet and fixture line that includes sinks, toilets, and bath hardware as well as faucets. We judge both collections to be slightly lower in quality than similar faucets from the competing big box lumber stores: Lowes and Home Depot; but also lower in price.
Menards' does not manufacture its own faucets but buys off-the-shelf faucets from Chinese manufacturing companies, re-packaged to sell under one of the Menards' in-store brands. Most Menards' faucets are available from other sellers under different model names. For example, LDR industries, a well known distributor of plumbing products to the remodeling industry, sells a similar faucets under its LDR brand.
Menards' principal faucet suppliers include:
•Tarng Haur Faucet Enterprises Co., Ltd., chartered in Taiwan, but manufacturing through a subsidiary in Shenzen, China, which also produces faucets;
•Zoje Kitchen and Bath Co. Ltd. (China) which also manufactures for
•Kaiping Freendo Sanitary Ware Co Ltd. (China), which provides some
Menards' does not buy direct from the factories. It buys from U.S. based distributors such as CMI/Compass Manufacturing, These distributors then handle all after sale parts and warranty support.
These faucets are not very expensive — few models sell for as much as $150.00 — somewhat lower than the prices for similar faucets sold by competing big lumber stores.
The faucets are available in a number of finishes. As far as we can tell, all faucets can be found in polished chrome, most in brushed nickel and some in oil rubbed bronze (ORB). The finishes available depend on the actual manufacturer, some offer more finishes than others. Be a little cautious about matching Menards' faucet finishes, especially ORB. A finish with the same name from two different manufacturers may not be an exact match.
The information available on the Menards' website is very complete, including a list of all finishes in which a faucet is available. Downloadable .pdf "Technical Specification" sheets clearly display the faucet's certifications (including ADA and Watersense® compliance), provide dimension drawings and show the model and a picture of the faucet's cartridge (in case you need to order one in the future).
The company's written faucet warranty is about average for the industry. It provides a lifetime warranty on all faucet parts for as long "as the original purchaser owns the faucet." However, actually getting warranty support may be an issue. Your local Menards store is probably going to be of little help. It will replace the faucet if defective during the warranty period with an like-kind faucet, but only if your model is still carried by the store. Otherwise, there is no one-call warranty center. Each faucet model is supported by its distributor, and to get any warranty help, you will need to have the original installation instructions (to find out which support number to call), and the original receipt (to show that you are the purchaser). Without the instructions that came with the faucet, you will have a tough time finding out where to make your warranty claim. Menards store personnel are of no help. They'd like to help, but they just don't know who to call.
Imported Chinese and Taiwanese faucets comparable to Menards faucets include: If you have had an experience with a Menards' faucet, — good, bad or indifferent — that you would like to share, please contact us or leave a comment below.