Tokyo-based LIXIL Corp. has acquired Basco, a U.S. manufacturer of shower doors. LIXIL says that the acquisition allows it to expand its kitchen and bath portfolio in the U.S. and provide “consumers with full showering and bathroom solutions.”
Basco is a family-owned business established in 1955. It is one of the largest manufacturers of custom shower enclosures in the U.S., with a strong presence on the East Coast and in the Midwest and Southeast.
“From ideas to installation, Basco’s capabilities will allow us to simplify the purchase journey for consumers and professionals and provide full showering solutions,” says Trey Northrup, leader of LIXIL Americas. “The business is an excellent strategic fit for LIXIL in a segment that we have sought to strengthen for some time. Basco also shares LIXIL’s purpose to positively impact our communities and a culture of respect and collaboration. I am looking forward to welcoming the Basco team to LIXIL.”
LIXIL adds that Basco’s strong lead times for custom shower doors and ability to ship stock doors in two days will expand the speed, capabilities and competitive edge of its supply chain in the U.S. The acquisition will also provide synergy opportunities between Basco’s glass tempering and glass fabrication expertise and LIXIL’s expertise in aluminum products.
“For years, Basco has created the highest quality shower enclosures with beautiful designs and innovative features,” says Basco president and CEO George Rohde. “I am confident that, combined with LIXIL’s reach and resources, we will grow faster and expand market share across the United States.
LIXIL states that it will retain Basco employees, and the company will run as a separate business unit for the foreseeable future.