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What AC Products items will remain available

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What AC Products item will continue to be made? Good Question.

In November, 2022, AC Products announced that they were going out of business. They ceased taking new orders. Their goal was to complete all current orders that they had for new product, and to sell off as much of existing items that they could. There was no fore warning. Eclectic-ware had always kept good amounts of stock on items that sold well in the more popular colors. We were also lucky to stock up a bit more before the surplus was drained dry.

On June 23, 2023, we created this web page (updated now as of March, 2024). There are lots of holes in our current stock. Many items are completely sold out, and some items still do exist. We have placed inventory counts next to the color names in our drop down menu lists for each item still shown. The 700 Series and 900 Series by far were the two more popular series, and this is why we have maintained stock on many of these items even through today. Eventually, most everything will disappear.

BUT THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS!

What will live on for AC Products

Lenape Products, also a producer of ceramic / porcelain bathroom hardware is going to produce a "select few" of the AC Products items. Lenape already has their own product line up and will continue to offer it. They are adding to their own. Two of AC Products molds were acquired by them. The BR796 recessed toilet paper holder, and the BR794 recessed soap dish. Both matching in size, about 6-3/8" square overall. Both fit into 6x6 openings about 3-1/2" deep. These two items will still be made in:
  • Gloss White
  • Gloss Black
  • Gloss Bone/Almond

Now, AC Products did make them in near 100 colors. Sorry to say, those days are gone. We will have just these 3 colors.

January, 2024: The BR796 and BR794 are in our stock in gloss white and gloss black. Bone is due in mid March, 2024.
Recessed ceramic TP holder
Recessed ceramic soap dish

What else is coming back?

Well, we asked Lenape about a few other popular AC Products items, and if it would be possible for them to make some. At present, that plan is on hold. In the Lenape Pro Series, there are many similar items to what AC Products had in their Stylish 700 Series. Tub soap dishes with and without the washcloth cradle, towel bar, vanity soap dish and toothbrush holder, TP holder, and two sizes of corner shelves. All THIN-SET mount, available in white, bone, and black colors. That covers about 75% of the need of tile installers. White by far was the most popular. Bone and black fell behind that.

Granted, AC Products did make many of these items in multiple mounting methods and near 100 colors. Sorry to say, those days are gone. Yet, Lenape can fill the general need for ceramic bathroom hardware. They have several collections, various shapes of hardware. We encourage you to check out the Lenape section of our website.

More about Lenape

Lenape has been around for a very long time. Prior to 2009, Lenape produced most of their products in New Jersey, in a super huge kiln. That housing and mortgage crisis that the US went through in 2008-10 hurt a lot of US based businesses. The demand for bathroom hardware sank as the demand for new houses and construction crumbled. So Lenape downsized. They shut down their New Jersey factory and relied solely on their factory in Thailand.

Now their factory in Thailand is adding to their product line again, expanding on the Pro Series. The Lenape Pro Series will be available in gloss white, gloss black, and gloss bone/almond. This is great news that most every item will now be available in black again. So the Lenape Pro Series is very similar to the thin-set items from the AC Products 700 Series. Not as extensive, but all the needed products for a bathroom. (As of January, 2024, the entire Pro Series in all 3 colors is in our stock. Yeah!)

Then Lenape has their Carrousel Collection. This is very similar to the AC Products 600 Series. A simple small towel bar, TP holder, and robe hook. All Clip-on mount only, just as the 600 series was. Currently available in white, black and bone. (As of January, 2024, white and black are in our stock, bone arriving in Mid March.)

Lenape kept their Classic Series alive, available in white, and also the floral patterns of Blossoms on White, and Watercolors on White. These are larger oval shaped pieces, clip-on mount also. A great choice similar to the 800 Series that AC Products had. (January, 2024, decals for the Blossoms on White pattern have been used up. So we are noting our stock left on that web page. Lenape has sold the last of their Blossoms on White stock.)

Lenape also has their Meridian Collection. Once exclusive to The Home Depot, but now available through us and other Lenape distributors. These are the round base items, available in white only, and only clip-on mount. But great for period homes. Vintage bathroom hardware.

There are a few other goodies available from Lenape like the Re-Place-A-Bar and some glass triangular bathroom corner shelves. Eclectic-ware has offered Lenape Products since 2001.
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