Barry Keidel to Retire as Keidel Supply Executive

Keidel Supply’s Barry Keidel Retires After 44 Years


Barry KeidelCINCINNATI—25 June 2015—Keidel Supply announced today that executive Barry Keidel will retire effective July 2, 2015. Barry has worked for Keidel Supply, Cincinnati’s largest local plumbing supplier and wholesale distributor, for 44 years.


Barry grew up in the business, working many different positions at Keidel Supply. He joined shortly after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and took over as President following his father in the early 1990s. Under Barry, the company grew from a neighborhood supply shop to a large showroom and distribution center. Keidel Supply currently has three Ohio locations.


“I’m honored to have spent 44 years with Keidel, and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish during my tenure,” Barry said. “I’m excited about my future and confident the company is in good hands.”


In 2009, Barry brought on Mike Barton as CEO. The company will continue to operate under Barton’s leadership. Barry will remain on the board.



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Keidel Supply Co. Inc. was founded in 1911 in Norwood, Ohio.  A Cincinnati-based company, it is now a full-service distributor and showroom, filling the plumbing, PVF, cabinetry, lighting, and appliance needs of residential and commercial plumbing contractors, builders, remodelers, and homeowners.


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Bathtub Basics


Most homes today have at least one bathtub. Unfortunately, many tubs are casually added to blueprints without much consideration to the homeowner’s needs. Tubs are great for bathing children, relaxing, washing pets, or cleaning large objects. They’re durable (some last 50+ years) and beautiful and they generally aren’t subject to many of the passing trends other fixtures in the home face. So if you’re building or remodeling, spend some extra time planning for your bathtub.


The most important factor when selecting a bathtub for personal use is comfort. A 6’4” person will likely feel comfortable in a different tub than a 5’3” person. For example, a standard tub is 14” to 17” deep while a European style is 18” and a Japanese or Greek tub may be 22” or more. There are tubs with ergonomic design and built-in arm rests and some with additional accessories like seats or trays. Tubs are designed in hundreds of sizes, shapes, and materials.


It’s important to “try out” tubs in a showroom environment to make sure they’re right for you. Often, large items like bathtubs cannot be returned if you don’t like them.


As we mentioned earlier, tubs come in a variety of sizes, styles, and materials. Bathtubs are typically made from porcelain on steel, acrylic, fiberglass or cast iron. The material you choose depends on taste, budget, lifestyle, and architectural limitations.

Porcelain on steel – $

These are the bathtubs many of us recognize from the homes of our parents and grandparents. They consist of one-piece thin stamped steel shells coated with a heat-fused porcelain enamel. The finishing process forms a smooth finish resistant to corrosion and abrasion. They are durable, sanitary, and maintain their glossy finish better than some synthetic material. POS tubs can be loud, depending on the gauge of steel used, and the surface of the tub can chip.

Acrylic  – $$

Thermal-formed acrylic is another popular bathtub material. It is vacuum-molded from sheets of acrylic and reinforced with fiberglass. These tubs are lightweight and keep water warmer longer because acrylic is an effective insulator. Another benefit of acrylic is its flexibility of design. Because it is so easy to manufacturer, there are many more style and shape options. Cleaning acrylic tubs is very easy, but harsh cleaners containing acetate should never be used because the composition of the acrylic will break down.

Fiberglass – $

Similar in appearance to acrylic, gel-coated fiberglass (FRP) tubs are formed by spraying a pigmented polyester resin onto a mold. The finish lacks the depth and resilience of acrylic, but it is equally easy to maintain. Most shower/tub combination units are made of fiberglass.

Cast Iron – $$$

Enamel-coated cast iron is the most durable bathtub material. These tubs are made by pouring molten iron into a mold. The finished product is thick and extremely resistant to chips, scratches, and dents. It also displays the most highly polished finish. If properly cared for, a cast iron tub will last an entire lifetime. This is the best material to use to create a vintage look.

Other – $ to $$$

There are many other kinds of material for bathtubs, we’ve just touched on the most popular. Some other materials include:

  • Copper
  • Cultured marble
  • Natural marble
  • Solid surface
  • Wood
  • Mosaic/Ceramic tile

For more information on tub material, contact our showroom experts 513-351-1600.




This style of tub is the most common, with millions of wall-to-wall units sold each year.



These bathtubs are dropped in* a surround. They tend to be more expensive than built-in models.

*please don’t drop your bathtub!

Victoria and Albert Freestanding clawfoot bathtub


Increasing in popularity, freestanding bathtubs are finished on all sides. They also act as a focal point of a bathroom.



A whirlpool tub is a soaking tub fitted with piping, a pump, and jets. The pump circulates the water through the pipes using an underwater suction fitting and several water jets. Combined with the weight of the water and the person bathing, these bathtubs can weigh more than 1500 lbs—so additional floor supports are a necessity.

Bath oils and salts should never be used in a whirlpool bathtub. In fact, using these products could void your warranty!


Air tub/Bubble tub

Air tubs differ from whirlpool tubs. Air bubble tubs force warm air through tiny holes, creating an effect similar to champagne bubbles.


Soaking tub

Soaking tubs are deeper and typically wider than standard bathtubs. They do not have jets or bubbles. The water is always at rest—perfect for soaking.


If you’re building a dream bathroom and want a dream bathtub, these are some additional features you may want to incorporate:


ADA Compliance

Individuals who find standard a bathtub difficult to maneuver in might consider purchasing an ADA compliant tub, like the one shown above. If you’re planning to stay in your home past retirement, you may anticipate future needs by installing an ADA compliant bath.



Offered by Kohler, chromatherapy is “a lighting system that uses the soothing qualities of color to let your mind and body drift and dream as you relax into a warm bath.” More info on Kohler’s site.


Another special Kohler feature, VibrAcoustic Hydrotherapy blends music with water. Plug in your audio device and a VibrAcoustic tub sends corresponding vibrations through the tub.

Heated surface

Heat is the ultimate stress reliever. For added heat during your bath, select a tub with a heated surface.

For more information on baths, schedule your appointment or stop by our showroom!

Lighting Showroom Updates

Because we stay on top (and ahead of) design trends, we’re always changing and updating our showroom. This month we’ve added several different light fixtures to our Cincinnati lighting showroom. Check them out below.

Edison Bulb Fixture 3

Edison Bulb Fixture umbrella

Edison Bulb Fixture

Industrial sconce

Kichler vanity light

Chandeliers for 2015

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Hanging lights are one of the hottest lighting trends for 2015. It’s no surprise–they’re gorgeous and extremely functional, acting as either ambient or task lighting. Chandeliers are also a perfect place to splurge. They last for years, are always beautiful, and become a focal point in any room. We’ve made a list of some of our favorites hanging lights for every homeowner’s budget.

Chandeliers under 500

  1. The Nexus 3-light chandelier. This is a great transitional light by Maxim Lighting for $228.00.
  2. The Parker 4-light chandelier. A transitional piece by Nuvo. This fixture would look great above a small dining room table. $199.99.
  3. A semi-flush chandelier by Kichler. This fixture also comes in brushed nickel. $250.80.
  4. 5-light Kichler chandelier. This small light leans more toward a traditional aesthetic, but could also work in a transitional design scheme. $231.00.
  5. 5-light mini chandelier. A gorgeous Minka Lavery light that comes in a unique distressed silver finish. Image this above a clawfoot bathtub in your dream master bath. $284.00.
  6. Paris Flea Market 4-light mini chandelier. This Crystorama mini chandelier combines high-style design with premium materials. It also comes in a chic white finish. $300.00.
  7. Emery chandelier by Quoizel. A metal-shaded fixture, this Americana-styled chandelier is an elegant nod to the past. Available in three finishes. $380.00.
  8. Delphine 12-light chandelier. Perfect for an industrial space, this fixture is defined by its unique structure and use of bulbs. $258.00.
  9. Linear halogen chandelier. This Kichler fixture would work well in a contemporary space, especially above an island or table. $371.80.

Chandeliers 500 - 1000

  1. Carnaby Street chandelier. This is a spherical shaped chandelier adorned with crystal elements in a rich bronze finish. It would work well in a contemporary or traditional space. $658.00.
  2. Palla 1 light mini chandelier. The Palla collection is more elemental in nature and natural in earth tones. An eclectic design, this fixture would work in many different spaces. $650.00.
  3. Belvedere 12-light. Mixing the orderly structure of straight lines and sharp angles with simple curves, this chandelier blends the clean lines of contemporary design and the glamour of traditional to create something entirely new and modern. $898.00.
  4. Cubist 4-light LED chandelier. Blocks of tiffany glass are assembled into a structure of staggered cubes. A contemporary piece for $818.00.
  5. Contessa 12-light chandelier. This is a traditional piece with cylindrical shades and a contemporary flair. $998.00.
  6. Linear 5-light chandelier. A contemporary piece, this fixture has the clean lines and simple design perfect for a minimalist. $701.80.
  7. Cortina chandelier. With lavish strands of crystal beads and a gleaming center ball, this fixture is all about the glamour. $849.00.
  8. Hampton 8-light drum shade chandelier. Drum chandeliers are very popular right now and for good reason—they’re gorgeous! This Crystorama light offers transitional design and soft elegance. $798.00.
  9. Lucero chandelier. Part of the Jessica Mcclintock Home Collection, this piece features delicate lines and premium material.


Chandeliers 1000+

  1. Rumsford. This piece by Hudson Valley is an industrial frame chandelier in a beautiful polished nickel finish. $1,702.00.
  2. Xanadu. This Fredrick Ramond fixture updates the classic chandelier with a polished stainless steel finish and clear crystal accents. $3,099.00.
  3. Bijou. This light captures the best of modern, Euro-chic design. The clean lines of its laser cut frame feature elegant strands of crystal beads that span the entire fixture. $1,379.00
  4. LED Meridian. A very contemporary design, it is part of Elan’s Meridian collection. Check out their matching fixtures. $2,394.00.
  5. Zen chandelier. This modern cable hung design is the ultimate in eco-chic. Constructed with sustainable environmentally-friendly solid bamboo, this fixture utilizes an energy-efficient LED light source. $1,599.00.
  6. Starburst 31-light chandelier. Crystal balls and large metal offshoots extend from the center orb in the “exploding” fixture. The light reflects off of the polished chrome finish, creating a bright and beautiful ambiance. $6,358.00.
  7. Stanley 9-light chandelier. An industrial interpretation of Art Deco, this gorgeous fixture comes in Kalco’s exclusive volcano bronze finish. $2,482.00.
  8. Chantilly 10-light chandelier. We’re not sure a more elegant and glamorous chandelier exists. This beautiful chandelier by Maxim Lighting features metal frames draped with jewelry chain. $1,400.00.
  9. Dawson 9-light chandelier. This is an antique brass chandelier with sparkling crystals and traditional style. $3,190.00.

Everyday Plumbing Tips

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Owning a home can be hard work, but with regular maintenance it doesn’t have to be. Check out some of these plumbing tips and keep your home in top shape!

Everyday Plumbing Tips

  • Make sure everyone in the house knows where the main water shutoff is in case of an emergency. It is typically at ground level (literally. if you’re in a basement, it will likely be at eye level or above. If you’re on the first floor, it will be below eye level) and on the perimeter of the house. If you’re unsure, check your inspection report from when you purchased the house.

  • If you believe your toilet is about to overflow, quickly remove the tank lid, reach down and push the flush valve closed. It covers the tennis ball-sized opening in the bottom of the tank. That keeps the bowl from overflowing while you clear the obstruction.

  • Every few years, check your toilet for leaks. Remove the tank lid, add food coloring to the water in the tank. Check the bowl in ten or fifteen minutes. If you see color, the flapper valve may be leaking.

  • Periodically examine your meter. If no water is running in the house, all dials on the meter should be stable. A movement in one of the dials may indicate a water leak. This could cost you over time.

  • Familiarize yourself with the location of stop valves by each toilet and faucet. If a major problem develops you can turn the water off there instead of at the main to prevent serious water damage to your home.

  • Open and close all valves at least once a year. This will ensure that they will work when you need them to. Otherwise they may seize up over time.

  • Extend the life of your water heater by draining a gallon or two of water once or twice a year from the drain valve at the bottom of the heater. This will allow sediment to clear.

  • Use drain-cleaners as a last resort on a stopped drain. If they don’t work you will have to deal with a sink full of caustic liquid. Always use a plunger first, and if you have to call a plumber after using drain cleaner, be sure to let him/her know what cleaner you used.

  • Close laundry valves when not in use, in case a hose breaks.

  • Be sure replacement parts will be readily available when buying fixtures.


Technology in the Kitchen

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Blending technology and design in the kitchen is nothing new. As we become more dependent on technology, so do our homes. Let’s look at some of the technology trends you may want to incorporate in your next kitchen remodel.



LED kitchen lighting - Tech

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: LEDs are trending. They started in undercabinet lighting applications and have evolved into pendants, sconces, and more. Why are they so popular?

1) The plastic bulb is more durable than the thin glass bulbs of incandescents.
2) They don’t have filaments that burn out. An electric current passes through semiconductor material, illuminating the diode. Heat is absorbed into a head sink, a passive device that dissipates it into the surrounding environment.
3) They are extremely energy efficient. Compared to incandescent bulbs, LEDs produce little heat, which means a high percentage of power is going to light generation. LEDs are also better at converting electricity into visible lighting than incandescents, outputting more lumens.

Undercabinet Module Integration

One of our undercabinet lighting manufacturers has developed a line of integrated undercabinet products. You can have task lighting, USB ports, and extra outlets all at your disposal. One of our favorite pieces is the tablet cradle. It attaches anywhere along the modular track to hold your tablet.


Today’s top appliances combine smart features and energy efficiency to deliver a seamless experience.

Induction Cooktops

Jenn Air Induction Cooktop

Induction cooking is one of the fastest growing kitchen technologies. With induction cooking, electricity flows through a coil, generating a magnetic field under the glass surface of the cooktop. When induction-compatible cookware is placed on the cooktop, currents are produced and instant heat is generated. Only the cookware heats up, not the cooktop. This instant process creates fast and evenly distributed heat.

(We have an induction cooktop on display in our showroom if you’d like to see it work in real-time.)


Incorporating electronic devices and plumbing product may seem counterintuitive at first, but many manufacturers have been developing the technology for years.

Touch Faucets

Brizo Solna Touch Kitchen Faucet

Brizo and Delta manufacture faucets with SmartTouch®. Touch anywhere on the faucet body or handle to turn on or off the water. When you tap the faucet on, and LED light at the faucet’s base indicates SmartTouch is active. When you tap the faucet off, the light goes off. SmartTouch also works to conserve water by activating flow only when needed, while its flexible operation promotes safe food handling.

Touchless Faucets

Moen Brantford Motionsense Kitchen Faucet

Moen designed a hands-free faucet that utilizes two sensors to activate. Pass your hand over the Wave Sensor at the top of the spout to start. To turn the water off, wave your hand over the sensor again. The sensor near the base of the faucet identifies when an object, like a cup or a hand, is placed beneath the spout, running water only until you exit the sensor zone. The handle on the side of the faucet offers familiar, manual operation, allowing you to adjust temperature and water flow.

Kohler Sensate Kitchen Faucet

Response™ technology makes Sensate respond to your every move. Wave your hand—or an object like a pan or kitchen utensil—to turn Sensate on or off. The sensor is in tune with your every move, precision-designed to provide reliable operation every time–so there’s no need to worry about false activations when you’re working in the sink area. Sensate also runs on AC power, which means there are no batteries to replace!



Technology in the kitchen is only going to increase over the next few years. Manufacturers like GE and Whirlpool are already predicting what kitchens will look like in the future:

What do you think about incorporating technology into the kitchen? What features would you like to see in the years to come? Let us know below or sound off on our Facebook or Twitter pages!

The Latest in Lighting

Colorful Textile Pendant Lights

The Keidel lighting team took a field trip last week to the International Lighting Market in Dallas, Texas. Far from home and ready to learn, our specialists studied the lighting trends that will be making their way to Cincinnati this year.


No surprise here—LED is huge, and it’s not going away. Energy efficiency and sustainability are major concerns for home owners and business owners alike. As demand for LED grows, so do the designs. There are hundreds of LED fixtures that weren’t available three or four years ago.

LED Lights 1 - Tech



A green fixture isn’t just about performance anymore. Au naturel is en vogue, and many manufacturers are bringing organic influences into their designs. These light fixtures either mimic or integrate organic elements into their design.

Corbett Floral Light 
This light incorporates faux branches and flora.

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The shadow this fixture casts is reminiscent of a bare tree on an autumn night.

Fine Art Lamps Quartz Light
This pendant by Fine Art Lamps integrates Quartz Clusters with lighting.

Agate Lights

Natural Light Piece 4 - Corbett

This agate fixture from Corbett follows the natural trend, while also allowing for some classic bling. No two stones are alike!

Natural Light Piece 5 - Corbett




Geometric Light 3 - Hinkley

While some manufacturers have always leaned toward modern design, this year’s Lighting Market revealed more geometric and linear models than ever before.

Geometric Light 1

Geometric Light 2

According to the NKBA, more kitchens and bathrooms are designed in contemporary and transitional styles. The move to contemporary design in lighting may be following this trend. 



Bulbs aren’t just about wattage and luminance anymore. The type of bulb installed can strongly influence the overall design of the fixture.

Nostalgic Bulbs

Fresh to the Midwest is the Edison bulb trend. These nostalgic bulbs preserve the look of the early 20th Century, yet they look great in contemporary industrial spaces.

Bulbrite Nostalgic Bulb

Exposed Bulbs

In these fixtures, the bulbs are the focus of the design rather than solely the function.

Conduit by Troy



Homeowners in Greater Cincinnati are interested in these trends. According to Houzz, 78% of homeowners choose lighting based on design. Keeping a home’s lighting up-to-date can increase its value and refresh a tired room.  As we update our lighting showroom, we’ll be integrating several of these designs within our displays, so stay tuned for updates.

Did you like any of the featured light fixtures? You can check them out in detail on our showroom site, or call us to schedule your lighting appointment.

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Kitchen Trends That Are Here To Stay

Kitchens are the heart of today’s home. They are not only where we cook and eat, but also where we balance the checkbook, help the kids with homework, and entertain our friends. Because we spend so much time in the kitchen, it is natural to want to improve it. Houzz asked over 3,500 respondents about their kitchen remodeling habits and here’s what they found.

What do you think? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

The Touchless Toilet

Kohler San Souci Touchless Demo  

In an age when viruses spread faster than ever and dangerous germs lurk on every surface, the introduction of the touchless toilet couldn’t come at a better time. Designed with cleanliness in mind, Kohler’s touchless toilet is a smart solution for homeowners looking to improve the hygiene of their home.  


Not exactly a new idea, incorporated in the touchless toilet are the commercial flush features we’ve all seen at airports, schools, and shopping centers. These toilets use beam-based sensors, which activate the flush when the beam of light is broken. There are a few problems with these types of toilets, however. The beam of light can be inaccurate and inefficient, resulting in phantom flushes. There are also the bulky sensor-activated flushometers attached to the outside of the tank that wouldn’t fit into most residential spaces, physically or aesthetically.   Kohler addressed these two problems in their design. First, the sensor moved to the inside of the toilet tank. This allows homeowners to design their bathrooms the way they want and eliminate worrying over how to hide the sensor through decoration. Because there is no longer a need to touch to flush, the toilets are manufactured without the external lever.   With the sensor moved inside, the traditional activation method had to be modified as well. No longer triggered by a beam of light, the sensor uses new technology that projects an electromagnetic field. This technology is much more accurate and senses the user within a field before triggering the flush.[i]   Though homeowners have only three options for their touchless toilets, the possibilities for customization are endless.  


Kohler’s most popular toilet, the Cimarron is a classic look with timeless design. With the touchless feature, its look becomes even cleaner.  

Cimarron Touchless


This toilet is for the more contemporary homeowner. It has a shorter tank and cleaner, sleeker lines.

Kohler Touchless Toilet San Souci  


Homeowners can choose between two great toilets or they can upgrade and existing single-flush toilet with Kohler’s Touchless Flush Kit. A more affordable option, the module attaches to the toilet tank with a bracket. Kohler tells us, “The chain from the toilet’s flush system attaches to a rotating arm on the touchless module, which then acts as the flush actuator, replacing the traditional lever handle of the toilet.” Homeowners can keep the lever on the tank or remove it, replacing the hole with a color-matched cover.        

Touchless flush kit

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