Al Corwin, Faucet Innovator, Dies

Al Corwin, Faucet Innovator, Dies

Bloomingdale, IL Al Corwin, an industry innovator and former president of faucet manufacturer Grohe, died in October, the company announced. He was 76.

Corwin led Grohe from 1978 until his retirement as chairman in 1996. During his tenure, the firm grew from a fledgling operation into a leader in the U.S. market. Corwin is credited by many with pioneering the upscale, decorative segment of the kitchen/bath market.

After 13 years as a professional baseball player, Corwin "took his competitive spirit and team player experience into the business world," Grohe said. After a stint as a regional salesman at Moen, he accepted the challenge to launch Grohe's U.S. operation.

"Almost single-handedly, Corwin took faucets from a commodity to a design statement," said Grohe president Bob Atkins.

"And, he positioned Grohe as a high-quality alternative to the mainstream," Atkins added.

Atkins said Corwin will be remembered "as a visionary [and] as a man who was ableto build and maintain the respect and loyalty of all who had the privilege of knowing and working with him."

Corwin is survived by his wife, Pat, two children and several grandchildren.