Kokomo toilet maker to shutter plant

October 10, 2007

Kokomo Sanitary Pottery Corp., which has manufactured toilets in the city north of Indianapolis since 1932, is closing the plant because competitors can do the job at lower cost.

The decision will throw nearly 150 workers out of jobs early next year, according to the Kokomo Tribune. The workers are represented by Local 238 of the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union.

A company executive complained that making and delivering a white round-front toilet costs $60 at a time competitors are selling similar toilets for $39.

Kokomo Sanitary Pottery is owned by Globe Union Industrial Corp., which is based in Taiwan.

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