Delta Faucet fallout leads to new prez

Officials for Delta Faucet Co. have named Keith Allman as the Indianapolis-based manufacturer’s new president. Allman, 44, who has extensive experience in the automotive and home-building industries, replaces Reinhard Metzger as president.

Metzger’s departure this spring was part of a company shakeup that included the ouster of Vasken Altounian, its executive vice president of sales and marketing. Allman will be under considerable pressure, industry observers said, as officials for Delta’s parent company, Taylor, Mich.-based Masco Corp., become more displeased with Delta’s falling earnings.

Delta is part of Masco’s plumbing division, which has slowly grown from $3.1 billion in revenue in 2004 to $3.3 billion in 2006. Over the same span, the division’s profit has fallen from $370 million to $280 million.

Delta employs about 330 at its headquarters at 55 E. 111th St. Allman promises to bring new direction to Delta and strengthen the company’s leadership position as the largest U.S. manufacturer of residential and commercial faucets.

Allman joined Masco in 1998 as vice president of manufacturing at cabinet maker Merillat Industries. He was later promoted to executive vice president of operations for Masco’s Builder Cabinet Group. Before joining Masco, Allman spent 13 years with Detroit-based General Motors Corp. in a variety of manufacturing, engineering and quality-control positions.

The Monitor 1800 Series Jetted Shower XO garnered a “Stevie” award for Delta Faucet in the best new product category recently at the American Business Awards ceremony in New York.

The American Business Awards, hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars” by the New York Post, represents the first national, all-encompassing business awards program honoring great performances in the workplace. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards were presented at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers. The ceremony was broadcast nationwide on radio, and worldwide via the Internet, by Business TalkRadio.

“The Jetted Shower XO was awarded a Stevie because the judges felt it exemplified the initiative to move away from conventional industry offerings and provide consumers with unique and innovative products,” according to Michael Gallagher, president of the American Business Awards.

Prior to the launch of the original Monitor 1800 Series Jetted Shower System, consumers did not have the option of installing additional outlets in the shower without the expensive renovation of their entire plumbing systems. According to Delta Faucet, the system is unique in that it requires no major renovation, uses less water and is a fraction of the cost of custom showers.

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