Clarion Bathware: It’s All About the People
According to manager Dave Groner, it is the employees at Clarion Bathware that have made the company what it is today.
“What makes us good is our people,” Groner told exploreClarion.com.
“What really makes a difference in who we are and how we got here – is our people.”
“Our supervisors and our staff are what really makes Clarion Bathware who we are. If you take all the people out of this plant, it’s nothing.”
Clarion Bathware first opened in 1973 after a group of local investors recognized a need to supply fiberglass products to the local manufactured housing industry. Over the years since those early beginnings, a lot has changed.
There were major financial issues in the late 1990s that led the company to declare Chapter 11 in 1999. However, they managed to pull out of bankruptcy in just a year and a half and went from having about six million in annual sales in 1997 to nearly 30 million in sales in 2018.
“We’re a growing company,” Groner noted.
Although the company started up to provide products primarily to the manufactured homes industry, in the intervening years, they also began building products for the assisted living industry, which opened a lot of doors.
According to Groner, currently only 25 percent of their business is in manufactured housing, while 35 percent is in the residential products industry, and the remaining 40 percent is in the assisted living industry.
“We’re probably the mainline supplier for assisted living on the east coast. We have a very good name in the industry now.”
While Clarion Bathware is now a part of the American Bath Group (ABG) – a multi-million dollar operation with 23 different facilities – they maintain their family business feeling.
“We were family owned for a long time, and we still try to treat everyone here like family,” Groner said.
It was a team effort to make the changes to get the company back on its feet following the financial difficulties of the late 1900s. At the same time, they also managed to create something that could grow, according to Groner.
“It took everyone, not just the supervisors and managers. It was this whole team of people at Clarion Bathware that got together and we regrouped and put together a new idea, and with that new idea came better materials, better products, and new innovations that helped us drive this company to what it is today.”
Today, Clarion Bathware is a company that is continuing to grow with each passing year.
“Today we have more sales than we can keep up with, and that’s a good problem to have.”
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