Al Moen and the Moen Story
About Moen Canada…
Timeless designs. Styles unlike anything else. Faucets and fixtures that are livable and enduring. These are just some of the reasons that Moen® is the number one faucet brand in Canada. But, Moen does more than make faucets. It's also a major supplier of innovative bath accessories.
Moen is part of Fortune Brands' Home and Hardware group – a forward-thinking consumer brands company that includes leading cabinetry, door and lock manufacturers.
Moen Canada sells and distributes product in all provinces and territories in Canada at retail locations such as The Home Depot, Rona, Canadian Tire, Home Hardware and Lowe's, as well as kitchen and bath wholesale showrooms.
A Proud Past…
It all began on a typical Seattle night in 1937; a young college student working in a garage to earn tuition money was cleaning up shop when he went to wash his hands at an old-fashioned two-handle faucet. A sudden burst of hot water made him jump back in alarm. The young man's name was Al Moen. This typical evening's events would set in motion the thought and invention that would revolutionize the plumbing industry and how we get our water; the idea for the single-handle faucet was born!
In reflecting on that special evening Al said, "It got me thinking that you ought to be able to get what you want out of a faucet. The more I thought about it, the more I was convinced that a single-handle mixing faucet was the answer, so I began to make some drawings."
Out of those drawings came a history-making patent. In 1939 Al was granted a patent for his single-handle mixing faucet invention. From that point on, Al Moen was recognized as a pioneer who transformed the way people experienced water.
Still, it initially took Al countless tries and revisions to sell his concept to plumbing products manufacturers. The Second World War put a hold on his plans, as materials were needed for the war effort. By 1947 Al found an interested manufacturer – Ravenna Metal Products of Seattle – and sold their first 250 faucets to a San Francisco plumbing supplier. From then on Moen was on its way to becoming a household name worldwide. This early step would lead to Moen's first partnership in 1956 with Stanadyne, Inc.
A Timeline of Achievement
- Al Moen designs the first single handle mixing faucet.
- Al Moen patents the single-handle mixing faucet invention.
- Moen, originally part of Ravenna Metal Products of Seattle, Washington, became part of Stanadyne, Inc. as the Company's only consumer brand.
- The Mueller Brass Company began distributing faucets in Canada. That same year, a survey of the world's leading designers published by FORTUNE magazine named the Moen single-handle faucet one of the best designed mass-produced products of modern times.
- Stanadyne Inc. set up its Canadian subsidiary for the marketing and distribution of Moen faucets in Scarborough, Ontario.
- Al Moen retired. He held over 75 patents, including the replaceable cartridge, the screen aerator, the push-button shower valve diverter, swivel spray, pressure balancing shower valves and flow control aerator. Additionally, many of his patents were in fields unrelated to plumbing.
- Stanadyne Inc. (Moen Group Canada) acquired Chicago Specialties (Canada) and moved the total operation to its Mississauga facilities.
- Stanadyne was acquired by Forstmann-Little & Company.
- Moen was given the status of an independent company and renamed Moen Incorporated before being purchased by MasterBrand Industries, Inc., an operating company of American Brands, and opened its new facility in Oakville, Ontario.
- Al Moen and the brand he created were nominated for the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Al Moen was also honored by the plumbing industry by being named to the Kitchen & Bath Hall of Fame. His genius is perhaps best summed up by the simple title that appeared on his business card – Al Moen, Inventor.
- Moen becomes the number one faucet brand in North America in the mind of consumers… and market share.
- American Brands becomes Fortune Brands, and Moen is now part of the Fortune Brands' Home and Hardware group. Since it has been with Fortune Brands, Moen has continued its proud, inventive past by introducing a wide range of consumer-preferred, stylish products.
- The 1255™ Duralast™ Cartridge is introduced, providing smooth handle feel for lifetime of the faucet. Moen revolutionizes the bath with ioDIGITAL™.
- Moen is named 2010 WaterSense® Manufacturer Partner of the Year by the EPA, based on its significant WaterSense-labeled product offerings, promotional efforts and strategic collaborations. Spot Resist™ finish debuts, enabling consumers to clean their faucets less often.
- Fortune Brands Home & Security begins public trading. Mike Bauer named to President, U.S. Businesses. Moen introduces Reflex™ pulldown system for kitchen faucets.
- MotionSense™ digital convenience for kitchen faucets is introduced.