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October 31 2014
Grid Drains for Copper and Bronze Vessels

Pop-up drains allow a sink to be filled with water and released. But many consumers have no need for this function. Therefore, MR Direct recently introduced grid-style drains. These drains allow water to pass through while catching any debris. They are available in three different finishes: chrome, brushed nickel, and oil-rubbed bronze. What may not have been made readily-apparent at the time of their introduction, is that one of these finishes is the perfect choice for our copper and bronze sinks.

The oil-ribbed bronze finish, not only works well with many glass, stone, and porcelain models; but it makes a color-coordinated, artistic statement with copper and bronze basins. The reddish-brown tone of this drain blends beautifully with the natural colorings of these two classic sink materials.

The oil-rubbed bronze grid drain is both durable and handsome. It is constructed of the same rugged materials used in our pop-ups. The only difference between the two styles is the obvious; fixed grid holes appear in place of the pressure sensitive cap. It should be noted that the grid drain comes in two forms relevant to type of sink it is used in - with an overflow or without. Solid brass construction, easy and reliable installation, and full coverage under the MR Direct one-year warranty, are further reasons to match your copper or bronze sink with a new oil-rubbed bronze grid drain.

October 31 2014
cUPC - A Plumbing, Not Bar, Code

Most likely, anyone who hears the term "UPC" will think of that pattern of lines on the bottom of almost anything we purchase today. Well, that may be true, but in the world of plumbing products, it means something very different.

The UPC letters are an acronym for the "Uniform Plumbing Code". This code is a listing of particular specifications and guidelines set forth by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) which are designed to assure users that products are safe for the consumer and the environment by meeting all established national and international standards. The "c" in cUPC means that the product meets the Canadian as well as the American plumbing standards.

Certification, which gives the manufacturer the right to display the cUPC logo with its product, is earned or denied through a testing process. The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, Research and Testing Inc. (IAMPO R&T) is the premier agency assigned to verify compliance with the UPC. Products which are already on market shelves, and others removed from company stock, are inspected and tested in this lab.

Bottom line, the cUPC is designed to provide safe and sanitary plumbing products to the public. At MR Direct, we are extremely proud to note that more than 50 of our stainless steel sinks have now attained the cUPC certification, while the remainder are still being evaluated in the test center. Many of our faucets, as well, are similarly certified or are in the process becoming so. We just wanted you to know.

September 30 2014
Intermission

If you came by to visit us at McCormick Place in Chicago last month, during the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) 2014 Convention and Exposition, we want to thank you. We had a great time visiting with old friends and new, discussing trends in our industry and how best to move forward as 2015 approaches.

At the moment, we're between shows. So, if you didn't have a chance to get to Chicago, why not start planning your trip to see us in Miami? We'll be exhibiting in the Miami Beach Convention Center for The International Surface Event-East. The TISE East show will run from the 19th through the 22nd. of October. This expo features a wide variety of stone products including tiles, countertops, and flooring for use in the kitchen and bath. The MR Direct line of stone vessel sinks will be on display for you to see and feel. Many are simply stunning, having been sculpted from marble, granite onyx and sandstone. We'll also be showing several sinks from our other extraordinary collections of stainless steel, copper, bronze, glass and porcelain. As well, you'll be able to personally review what we believe are some of the finest faucets available.

Visit our booth (#5027) at this year's TISE East show, and check out our stone creations and many of our other fine offerings. Any one of our friendly staff of trained professionals would love to talk shop, and give any advice they can to address your particular needs.

September 30 2014
A Beautiful Pink Day

It was a picture-perfect day for a run. Temperatures were in the mid-70s and bright sunshine splashed its warmth and hope over the record number of participants in this year's Toledo Area Komen Race for the Cure®. In the mix of over 20,000 entrants, was a team composed of MR Direct employees who volunteered to participate in this event. We are extremely proud to note that nearly half of our staff participated, even more made a financial contribution.

We know many of our colleagues and customers participated in this worthy race as well, or plan to when events are scheduled in their hometowns. We also know that many of us, or someone we are close to, has suffered from this dreaded disease. It's encouraging to know that strides have been made toward finding a cure, but we are all aware that much more research needs to be done.

Of course we hope the solution is found before next year's scheduled race, but if not, we pledge to continue doing our part by participating in events around the Toledo, Ohio area for as many years as necessary. We'd like to remind everyone that donations can be made online at any time, by visiting the Komen Race for the Cure website at: www.raceforthecure.org.

September 2 2014
New Grid Drain Introduced for Vessel Sinks

When an MR Direct vessel-style sink is purchased, our customers have typically been adding one of our distinctive pop-up drains to complete their package. With a simple press to the drain cap, the pop-up allows the bowl to be filled with water, or to have it released. However, many situations do not require that the sink have the ability to be closed for filling. For this market, MR Direct is proud to announce the addition of a new grid drain to be used with its vessel-style sinks. This grid will prevent waste materials from flowing down and potentially clogging plumbing further along the line.

This handsome device is just as durable and attractive as our pop-ups, and is available in all three standard finishes: chrome, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze. It is important to note that the grid drain comes in two functional designs, one for sinks with overflows, and one for those without. Both feature a 19-hole grid pattern, solid brass construction, are easy to securely install, and are covered under our one-year warranty.

If you are setting up an MR Direct vessel sink, which does not need to be filled with water, our new grid drain is the ideal finishing touch, which can be perfectly matched to the finish of any of our vessel faucets.

September 2 2014
Coming Soon - Two Key Tradeshow Appearances

If you have been hoping to have a chance to view the collections of MR Direct sinks and faucets in person, September and October are going to provide two great opportunities to do just that.

At the McCormick Place Lakeside Center in Chicago, on September 22 and 23, MR Direct will be participating in the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) 2014 Convention and Exposition. This event features several hundred companies who will be offering a broad spectrum of plumbing services or products ranging from air valves to water treatment equipment, and everything in-between. Two of those "in-between" products are the distinctive faucets and sinks which will be on display at the MR Direct booth. Several exciting new designs have been introduced in the past year, and they, along with samples from all our lines of sinks and faucets, will be available for a hands-on appraisal at Booth #2636.

In October we'll be heading south to the Miami Beach Convention Center for The International Surface Event-East. The TISE East show will run from the 19th through the 22nd. All nature of floor coverings, tiles and stone products, used in kitchen and bath design, will be on display. MR Direct will feature its extensive line of granite, marble, onyx and sandstone sinks. Additionally, visitors to our booth (#5027) can view numerous samples from our other extraordinary collections of sinks and faucets.

For an opportunity to see and evaluate our superior products in person, visit us at either of these upcoming shows, and speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable professionals about your particular needs.

September 2 2014
The Battle Continues

On Sunday September 28, 2014, a team of MR Direct employees and friends will join thousands in the annual Toledo Area Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®. This race has grown from 600 participants in 1994 to nearly 20,000 this year. In spite of all this moral and financial support, breast cancer continues to be the most prevalent cancer in the world, affecting both women and men.

This is one tough fight and support is continually needed. Three-quarters of every dollar received through this race event is given to local organizations and hospitals who use the funds to provide screenings and educational programs. The remainder is given to national research efforts.

The staff of MR Direct has pledged to help in this fight and are proud so many of our employees participate both financially and physically in this race event. We challenge our customers and colleagues to join our team as we strive to make a difference in this battle.

By visiting our MR Direct fundraising page on the Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio site, you will have the opportunity to make a donation to this significant cause and join our race team. Any amount you can give brings us one step closer to finding a cure.

September 2 2014
TruGranite Takes On a New Shape

It began with rumors. Then it was asked for. Now, it's here. We're talking about the new Model 824 – the first-ever, D-shape, TruGranite sink from MR Direct. The combination of our extraordinary TruGranite material with the booming popularity of the D-shape design creates a sink which is certain to become a new best-seller.

Kitchen designers are attracted to the trendy D-shape sink because it offers the unconventional placement of the faucet in one of the back corners. This asymmetrical look draws attention and allows room for the deeper, front-to-back, D-shape sink. With essentially no loss of usable counter space, the homeowner gets much more sink space. This can be a significant bonus where kitchen space is at a premium. If the traditional, balanced look is preferred, the D-shape sink can still be installed in the corner of a kitchen counter, or in a kitchen island.

The Model 824 exhibits the same magnificent traits inherent in all models of MR Direct TruGranite sinks. Perhaps the most outstanding characteristic is its ability to kill germs. Because it is infused with silver ions, mold spores, yeast, and all types of bacteria are short-lived on its surface. The durability of TruGranite is unquestionable. A dropped knife will not scratch, acidic foods will not stain, and hot pots will not burn the surface.

The 824 is being offered in all six TruGranite colors; black, beige, slate, mocha, silver and white. Measuring a broad 21 7/8'' by 19 1/8'' with an inner depth of 8 1/4'', the Model 824 is designed to provide contemporary style, plenty of sink space and complete satisfaction.

July 31 2014
Vessel Sinks Getting Bent Out of Shape

The most popular sinks are still circular, square, or rectangular in shape and at a standard depth. Recently, however, there has been a trend toward unorthodox styles. MR Direct has been a first-hand witness to this phenomenon as they track sales of their own uniquely-shaped vessel sinks.

Vessel sinks have been introduced with unusual shapes, in almost every material category. MR Direct's porcelain selection includes several models which are very wide, up to 25.5 inches, but have shallow depths as low as 3.25 inches. Although they take an overall rectangular form, their edges gently curve down from the corners rather than maintaining traditional horizontal lines. This low-profile design is found in our stone collection as well, with additional choices of wavy edges, even longer sleek lines, and organic shapes such as a teardrop. In glass, leaf or flower-petal shapes are offered. And if a sink made of bamboo is not unique enough, one MR Direct model is a low, symmetrical sink with slow, graceful curves.

Perhaps the most dramatic shapes are in MR Direct's collection of bronze vessel sinks. These bowls may have proportions which are in the range of traditional sinks, but that is where any comparison ends. Two models are designed as replica clam shells with irregular wavy edges. Two others mimic oyster shells. There's one with the spiral design of a snail shell, and perhaps the most unusual is a sea urchin shape. The textures and organic curves of these bronze offerings make them stunning options. Watch for more unusual shapes to hit the MR Direct vessel sink market as homeowners continue to express themselves through one-of-a-kind sinks.

July 31 2014
Touch of Glass

Since their debut a few years ago into the MR Direct collection, glass vessel sinks have attracted a lot of attention. It's quite understandable, since the beauty of glass has no equivalent.

MR Direct offers glass basins in almost every color of the rainbow, and even has one with all of them! The majority are shaped like a circular bowl, but some square, rectangular, and organic shapes are also available. Materials like gold-leaf, with or without patterned designs, are often embedded in the glass for dramatic effects. The interior of our glass bowls are extremely smooth and polished to a high gloss, while the exteriors may be similarly buffed, textured, or painted. The combinations create stunning, glistening basins.

The glass used in MR Direct sinks is thick, ranging from 1/2'' to 5/8'', and tempered. This means it is safer, can withstand much higher temperatures than ordinary glass, and is easy to clean. Being non-porous, it will not readily stain or hold odors.

Beautiful, safe, and sanitary. The only thing left to add is the MR Direct bonus of coordinating whichever glass sink you choose with a matching waterfall-style faucet. The addition of this touch of glass will be one which all your family and friends will admire for quite some time.

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