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Kokomo toilet maker shuts down

August 22, 2008

Kokomo Sanitary Pottery, a toilet maker that has operated in the city north of Indianapolis since 1932, will close in November due to high costs, according to the Kokomo Tribune.

The company, owned by Gerber Plumbing Fixtures LLC, which is based in the Chicago suburb of Woodridge, laid off 125 hourly employees last October, leaving 30 workers to operate a warehouse.

However, the national economic downturn made the remaining operation unfeasible. A company official remarked last fall that competitors could make and deliver toilets at about half the cost.

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