OAK BROOK Ill. – The United States Department of Commerce recently awarded a victory to Elkay Manufacturing in its case against Chinese manufacturers alleging dumping of drawn stainless steel sinks into the U.S. marketplace. In an effort to protect its 3,500 U.S. employees and the communities in which they work, Elkay petitioned the U.S. Department of Commerce to investigate whether Chinese manufactured drawn stainless steel sinks were being sold at prices significantly below fair market price.

As a result of its investigation, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued its preliminary determination that the Chinese manufactured sinks were being dumped in violation of U.S. trade laws, and instructed U.S. Customs to collect cash deposits ranging from 50.28% to 76.15% from importers of drawn stainless steel sinks.

In addition to the anti-dumping ruling, the U.S. Department of Commerce also issued a preliminary determination that subsidies provided by the Government of China to Chinese manufacturers of drawn stainless steel sinks violate U.S. trade laws. As a result, additional cash deposits ranging from 2.12% to 13.94% will also be collected from Chinese importers of drawn stainless steel sinks. Together, the additional duties being collected on all drawn stainless steel sinks from China, imported into the U.S. after October 1, 2012, range from 60% to 84%. While the findings are preliminary, with final determinations due in early 2013, the imposition of significant additional duties in October is an Elkay victory, protecting U.S. jobs.

“Elkay is pleased that the U.S. Department of Commerce agreed that Chinese manufacturers of drawn stainless steel sinks were in violation of U.S. trade laws relating to anti-dumping policies and illegal government subsidies,” said Timothy Jahnke, chief executive officer of Elkay. “We believe this ruling will help to protect Elkay employees, all American sink manufacturers and the communities they support.

“Also, the subsidy and anti-dumping tariffs imposed on Chinese manufacturers will enable U.S. manufacturers to level the playing field, retain manufacturing jobs in the U.S., and allow Elkay to continue to provide durable, high-quality sinks to homeowners across the country,” added Jahnke.

Elkay has been an innovative, American-owned manufacturer of stainless steel sinks for more than 90 years, offering a variety of quality solutions including the Revere and Dayton lines, featuring a preconstruction recycled material content of up to 80%.

With a strong history of delivering on-time and on-budget, the Revere line of sinks, drains, faucets and accessories is supported by U.S.-based customer care. An ideal solution for countertop fabricators, Revere sinks are manufactured from popular 18-23 gauge stainless steel, include sound-minimizing insulation, and are offered in a wide selection of shapes, styles and sizes to complement the latest kitchen styles.

The Dayton stainless steel sink line by Elkay offers hundreds of options for today’s plumbing wholesalers. Also offered in 18-23 gauge stainless steel, Dayton sinks are available in top-mount or under-the-counter styling, a variety of bowl sizes, varying depths (including ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act – models), and in packages, which include faucets and/or accessories such as sink bottom grids.

For more information about the Revere fabricator line visit www.fabricatorsink.com or call (800) 225-8585. For more information on Dayton wholesale sinks and sink packages, visit elkayusa.com or call (630) 574-8484 to find a distributor or sales representative in the area.

For more than 90 years, Elkay has been an innovative manufacturer of stainless steel sinks and faucets for residential and commercial use. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, Elkay expanded its commercial offerings 43 years ago to include efficient water coolers, drinking fountains, and now the award-winning EZH2O rapid bottle filling stations. Additionally, Elkay is also one of America’s leading cabinet makers with eight brands in the marketplace.

Elkay is firmly committed to U.S. production, with six plumbing products facilities and eight cabinet facilities in the United States; filing these petitions emphasizes the company’s commitment to manufacturing in the U.S., and supporting American families and communities.