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Fluidmaster Expands Into Northern Europe

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. and ARNHEM, Netherlands, April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Fluidmaster, Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of toilet tank components and trim, announced today it has acquired WISA BV, a leading sanitary equipment business based in the Netherlands. With a company history spanning more than 150 years, WISA is an innovative manufacturer and marketer of a wide range of concealed and exposed cisterns, controls, and other sanitaryware products such as toilet seats, flush pipes and couplings across Europe, as well as wellness products including spa baths in the company's home market.

"The WISA operations, people and products are a great addition to our company as we continue to grow globally," said Robert Anderson Schoepe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fluidmaster. "This acquisition also builds upon our expanding Fluidmaster global family of brands which includes Schwab, LIV, Torbeck, the Fluidmaster PRO Series line and Fluidmaster itself."

"It is a privilege to welcome WISA's Mark Grosfeld and his experienced management team into the Fluidmaster organization," stated Todd Talbot, Fluidmaster President. "Through this acquisition, we anticipate significant synergies with our other European businesses, with even greater service and value delivered to our customers in Europe and around the world."

"WISA shares the core Fluidmaster values centered on customer satisfaction and delivering innovative, value-rich products to our partners," said Grosfeld. "We believe the depth and breadth of the Fluidmaster brands will be of significant interest to our current and prospective customers." 

About Fluidmaster
Established in 1957 and reaching across the world, Fluidmaster remains a family owned and operated company known for its superior engineering of efficient and reliable toilet components. The company has become an icon in the plumbing industry, with operations in North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, China and Turkey as well as a worldwide distribution network across more than 80 countries selling more toilet tank replacement valves than any other manufacturer in the world. In addition to the original fill valve developed by founder Adolf Schoepe and enhanced through the years, Fluidmaster's complete line of toilet care parts include exposed and in-wall cisterns, standard and dual flush valves, flappers, activation systems, bowl wax and wax-free products, toilet repair kits, and supply line connectors.

The company's global headquarters is located in San Juan Capistrano, California. For more information, visitwww.fluidmaster.com.

San Juan Capistrano Hidden House Coffee’s New Location

By May, the San Juan Capistrano microroaster will have quadrupled in size.

The indie microroaster has had a single, very charming location in the city’s Los Rios Historic District since 2010, but is breaking out in a big way, quadrupling its size in a very short period of time. Two new locations are already up and running, in fact, the result of last month’s acquisition of ChocXO coffee shops in Costa Mesa and Lake Forest. And a downtown Santa Ana location, in the works for 10 months, is due to open in May.

Expanding quickly to four locations will undoubtedly be a little bit of a shock to the system of the very hands-on coffee company. Owner Ben Briggs says, “We are all about quality versus quantity. The hardest challenge for the existing cafes is the fact that we are a ‘new’ business going into a business that locals loved. We really just want the opportunity to gain the previous customers’ loyalty.”

All the Hidden House locations will carry ChocXO retail chocolate products, and the ganache-like liquid chocolate that makes luscious mocha drinks remains, thank goodness—only now, of course, mixed with Hidden House’s superior, hand-roasted coffee, and strategically available in four different corners of Orange County. (Well, three corners, until DTSA opens next month.) Seriously, how often does something that’s already good get even better?