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Plumbing Manufacturer Taps Communications Group for Industrial Public Relations

The Communications Group announced today that it has been selected as the PR agency for Speakman Company, a 148-year old industrial manufacturer of showering, plumbing and emergency products. Speakman Company is headquartered in New Castle, Delaware and is known throughout North America for its iconic fashion plumbing and best-in-class emergency eyewash and safety shower products.

Speakman selected The Communications Group during a competitive process to choose a public relations agency for the industrial side of the company’s business. “Speakman is known in the industry for superior quality and performance innovation. We looked for a PR firm with specific expertise in manufacturing and industrial media relations to catapult our emergency equipment business,” said Kristin Barclay, vice president, product and marketing for Speakman. “There aren’t a lot of agencies with that kind of industrial business-to-business focus out there.”

Agency President Dan Cowling said, “Speakman Company is known for its performance and innovation in the commercial and emergency plumbing industrial market. Speakman invented the emergency eyewash for DuPont in 1939 and has been a market innovator ever since. Their Eyesaver eyewash is still considered by many specifying engineers and industrial plumbers as the best in the business.”

ComGroup’s B2B Group, led by Industrial Specialist and agency partner Dane Cowling, will lead the industrial PR work for Speakman. “We’re incredibly honored to be working with their marketing team,” said Cowling (brother of agency president, Dan). Cowling pointed to ComGroup’s 29 years of industrial manufacturing specialization and long-standing relationships with the industrial trade media as an advantage in the process.

Speakman Company opened for business in 1869 in Wilmington, Delaware, by brothers Allen and Joseph Speakman. The brothers were granted their first patent in 1906 and Speakman has been engineering innovative water delivery solutions ever since. Learn more at

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