Elkay Manufacturing Company is an industry-leading privately held international manufacturer with 19 operating facilities and business operations in the U.S., China, Mexico and Canada, employing over 3,500 people worldwide. A family-owned company, Elkay has been an innovative manufacturer of stainless steel sinks, faucets and fixtures for residential and commercial use for over 94 years. Headquartered in Oak Brook, IL, Elkay has operations in 10 states as well as China and Mexico. The company expanded its commercial plumbing offerings 43 years ago to include efficient water coolers, drinking fountains and the award-winning EZH2O rapid bottle filling stations. Elkay is also one of America’s leading cabinetmakers, with eight brands in the marketplace. Elkay’s products are sold through a variety of channels, including home centers, builders and traditional plumbing, kitchen and bath, and cabinetry dealers. The company’s best-known product brands include Halsey Taylor, Elkay Sinks and Water Coolers, Medallion Cabinetry, Mastercraft Cabinetry, Yorktowne Cabinetry, Elkay Foodservice, Schuler Cabinetry, American Cabinetry and InnerMost Cabinetry.
As a member of the founding family, Laura Gicela has been actively employed by Elkay Manufacturing Company in various positions at its corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, IL since May of 1991. Laura earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Management from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. After earning her degree, Laura started her career at Elkay and has worked in accounting, marketing, finance, engineering, IT, and now in corporate management as a Senior Manager, focusing on Family & Employee Engagement. In addition she is involved on the strategic direction of the company, maintaining a strong open relationship with the board of directors as well as the executive leadership team and the shareholders.