Bathroom fixture maker plans reopening Ind. plant

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP): A company plans to spend about $15 million to buy and prepare a vacant factory in central Indiana to start making bathroom fixtures.

Officials of Patriot Porcelain say they expect to start production next summer at the former Kokomo Sanitary Pottery factory, potentially hiring up to 140 workers over the next two years. That factory in Kokomo closed in 2007.

Patriot Porcelain executive Jeff Van Weelden says the company has contracts to provide fixtures such as toilets and sinks to Gerber Plumbing Fixtures and Niagara Conservation for sale in several major retail outlets.

Van Weelden said the company could look to expand the factory because it has three long-term contracts that will take the plant's full capacity.