Dallas, TX, October 26, 2016 – Danco, a leading manufacturer of innovative plumbing products, today announced that its Perfect Seal toilet wax ring has won the 2016 Chicago Innovation Award. Developed by engineers and plumbers, the Perfect Seal provides the strongest, leak-free toilet seal available on the market.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by the judges of the Chicago Innovation Awards,’” said Scott Thresher, CEO. “Four years ago, Danco built its Innovation Center to devote resources toward designing and engineering plumbing products that solve common problems in innovative ways. The Perfect Seal is our finest example of a product that eliminates guesswork, installs easily, and without the mess of a wax ring. We believe the Perfect Seal has helped millions of homeowners and plumbing contractors.”

The Danco Innovation Center, located in Shorewood, IL is a 6,000 square foot facility that houses advanced equipment and machinery for the development and testing of new plumbing and consumer products. The team of mechanical and electrical engineers and industrial designers is lead by Michael J. Schuster, Senior VP New Product Development and Innovation. The Perfect Seal is the team’s second invention to win the Chicago Innovation Award, winning first in 2010 for the HydroRight® Dual Flush Converter.

“Local innovators continue to illuminate the Chicago region as a growing hotbed of creative activity that cuts across all sectors and industries,” said Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder with Chicago journalist Dan Miller of the awards. “Every winner of the Chicago Innovation Awards demonstrates how a unique solution to an unmet need can bring trans formative impact in the marketplace.”

“A record-breaking 643 organizations nominated for this year’s awards,” said Luke Tanen, Executive Director of the Chicago Innovation Awards.  “We are seeing an influx of talent and capital that continues to fuel innovation activity in the Chicago region.”

The winners receive a variety of honors including the opportunity to ring the NASDAQ Bell in New York City, and meetings with the Cook County President, Mayor of Chicago and Governor of Illinois.

The Perfect Seal is available nationally at big box stores, hardware stores and on the internet for under $10. For more information about the Perfect Seal, visit Danco at https://www.danco.com/product/perfect-seal-toilet-wax-ring/

About the Chicago Innovation Awards

The Chicago Innovation Awards, established in 2002, have grown from a single awards ceremony to a year-long series of events and activities designed to celebrate innovation in the Chicago region. The Chicago Innovation Awards are supported by Gold Sponsors Comcast Business, Wintrust Financial and SMS Assist; Silver Sponsors Tyson, Vedder Price, LinkedIn and others. The complete list of this year’s Chicago Innovation Award winners can be found at www.chicagoinnovationawards.com

About Danco

For over 35 years, Danco has been one of the largest plumbing repair, replacement and remodeling suppliers in the home improvement industry, consistently delivering innovative products. Danco is a retail division of the Plumbing Products Group, a division of NCH Corporation based in Irving, Texas.