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Tour the state-of-the-art Escalette factory
1261 Logan Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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If your notion of the ideal bathroom or kitchen faucet is a little gem of fine craftsmanship made in the U.S.A., you need to take a close look at Phylrich faucets. Phylrich is a line of hand-crafted, high quality bathroom and kitchen faucets and accessories. The lineup of kitchen faucets is new and so far very limited. The company is also adding more contemporary single-handle faucets to its collection of traditional two-handle styles, but as of this update, single handle faucets are still in the "coming soon" phase. Phylrich also manufactures showers and tub faucets and a complete line of bath accessories including towel bars, toilet paper holders, grab bars and hooks that complement most of its faucet styles.
Founded in 1959 as Phylrich International and based in Burbank, California, the company was purchased by Elkay Manufacturing in 2005. Elkay, whose specialty is manufacturing stainless steel sinks, has its own Elkay faucet brand, and was never able to carve out a place for Phylrich in its lineup of decorative plumbing products.
In 2012 Elkay sold Phylrich to Escalette LLC, the owner of RSS Manufacturing, LLC, a successful California manufacturer of brass fittings and fixtures for the automobile and plumbing industries as well as military and aerospace applications. By adding Phylrich to its product line, Escalette fully capitalizes on its existing capacity to manufacture high quality brass fixtures. Phylrich should be a very good fit for the company.
The owner of the Escalette, LLC is Geoff Escalette has already made his mark in the faucet industry as a co-founder of BrassTech, Inc., maker of He sold the company to Masco in 2002 at which time he founded RSS Manufacturing to return to his roots as the manufacturer of high-quality machine parts.
With the acquisition of the assets of Phylrich, Escalette has also agreed to assume responsibility for all past warranty claims and to provide customer service and replacement parts for Phylrich faucets manufactured prior to the change in ownership. The new customer service number for warranty support and parts is 714-361-4800. Escalette stated in its acquisition announcement that it intends to "carry on the Phylrich tradition of providing high end plumbing products for the home." Phylrich operations have been moved to Costa Mesa, CA where Escalette operates its factory and company headquarters.
Phylrich faucets were traditionally little pieces of art with hand-chased and engraved finishes in everything up to and including gold and semi-precious stones. This is the faucet for the quintessential Hollywood boudoir look. But, the line has been expanded to also include some simply stunning contemporary and tansitional faucets with design features found nowhere else. The valves are all all-brass ceramic disk cartridges from Anton Traenkle GmbH & Co KG, one of the best in the world.
Geoff Escalette has always been known for high quality manufacturing on U.S. soil, so the process started by Elkay of shifting manufacturing offshore has ended under Escalette which has a state-of-the-art foundry, machining and finishing facility in Costa Mesa, CA. (Tour the Escalette Factory). Twenty-five finishes are available, most are extra-tough PVD finishes, some are and some you will not find elsewhere including burnished nickel and gunmetal gray. (Preview Phylrich finishes here.)
As the company's literature says, Phylrich faucets are "truly made in the U.S.A.". Design, engineering, prototyping, forging, casting, machining, fabricating, finishing, polishing, quality control, packaging, shipping, customer support, and the employee cafeteria, all in America.
The quality and style of Phylrich faucets are comparable to any upscale European faucet, such as
Comparable up-scale, high quality faucets made or assembled in the U.S. include
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