Locally assembled, locally owned. Now there's a heart-warming phrase for customers who believe in supporting home town or regional businesses.

It's refreshing, then, to see Whangārei tapware and shower fittings company Foreno make a splash about its 50th birthday — five decades of making it in a very competitive global manufacturing industry.

The family-owned company continues to be strongly supported by Northland customers and beyond, supplying products to nearly all New Zealand's plumbing and DIY stores, including the big players, Mitre 10 and Bunnings, and many overseas outlets.

To mark Foreno's longevity and ''salute our Northland heritage'', the company has

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