durable and stylish stainless-steel sinks Family-owned Elkay® Manufacturing Company has been providing innovative, high-quality plumbing products since 1920. From simple beginnings as a three-man shop on Chicago’s North Side to its present position as America’s No.1 selling stainlesssteel sink company, Elkay remains focused on designing products and adapting the business to serve the changing needs of its customers. Elkay’s ongoing commitment to superior quality and craftsmanship means the company delivers durable products that will stand the test of time. This commitment to creating well-built, purposefully designed products is more critical than ever in light of recent developments, including the influx of substandard sinks being imported into the U.S. market. In March 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that Chinese manufacturers were dumping drawn stainless-steel sinks into the U.S. marketplace and voted unanimously that unlawful pricing by Chinese produce r s cause material injury to Elkay and other domestic sink manufacturers. As a result of the ruling, some foreign imports have adjusted their base material and implemented the use of either thinner gauges of stainless steel or substandard Stainless steel to offset the cost of the duties being levied. One concerning discovery uncovered in recent testing is the changing of the Stainless-steel formulation by using lower levels of the key elements – nickel and chromium.This combination of thinner material and low levels of nickel and chromium results in subpar sinks that provide minimal protection against denting, pitting and corrosion. In the U.S., the American Society for Testing and Materials has strict guidelines on how stainless steel is graded (A240/A240M-11a).Elkay only uses type 300 series stainless steel, specifically either type 304 or type 301. It is the ideal material in providing the user durability, superior appearance, corrosion resistance and value. The substandard imported sinks that were tested did not fit any known type class of stainless steel classified by ASTM. In addition, a test that exposed the sinks to bleach showed the material rapidly corroded when compared to Elkay’s type 304 and type 301 stainless steel. Elkay’s stainless steel won’t crack, chip or peel and ensures long-lasting durability.Also, Elkay’s quality stainlesssteel finishes provide superior protection against bacteria and are easy to clean and sanitize. Throughout Elkay’s more than 90 years in business, the company’s commitment to delivering only the highest quality products has never wavered. At Elkay, our word is our bond.
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