posted on December 27, 2012 23:10
At Karran USA, 2012 has been a great year. We saw tremendous growth and expansion in many markets. Our thanks to all of our distributors and customers for helping make this past year a great success.
2012 has also been a stressful year regarding our manufacturing operations. In the past many of our stainless steel sinks have been made partly in China, and partly here in Indiana, USA. At the request of Elkay Manufacturing, the US government agreed to impose a 65% duty on all Chinese-made drawn stainless steel sinks starting in October 2012.
This extremely high duty has meant that China can no longer be a manufacturing partner for Karran and we have moved all Chinese production to our new European facility. This move will cause some disruptions but once we are through all the changes, the results will be fantastic. We are trimming the line to a more condensed line of our most popular models. Our new stainless steel sinks, divided into the Undermount Series and the Edge 300 Series, are going to have a much higher quality of finish to the sinks overall. Laser welding and other such technological advancements mean these sinks will be unlike any sinks we have offered in the past. We are extremely excited to be making this long term change.
For those of you familiar with our different series of sinks that we offer, here is a quick summary of the changes.
- Acrylic Series - No changes
- Quartz Series - No changes
- Elite Series - No changes
- Edge 500 Series - No changes
- Edge 200 Series - Discontinued, replaced by 300 Series
- Edge 100 Series - Discontinued, replaced by 300 Series
- Profile Series - Discontinued, replaced by Undermount Series
- Select Series - Discontinued, replaced by Undermount Series
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- New models will begin arriving in late January. Pricing is available now and you can start placing orders mid January.
- We have a booth at KBIS in New Orleans from April 19-21. All our new sinks will be on display.
- Our Showroom Display Program for 2013 has been revised. Call your distributor or Karran USA to learn more.
- We added more competitively priced Quartz sinks to our offering this past year. Check out the Q2 Series in the popular colors of Black and Brown.