Bead acquires McGuire Manufacturing Company in 1972. McGuire distributes the “trim line” of commercial plumbing products, which include grid drains, P-traps, supplies, etc. A wholly owned subsidiary of Bead, McGuire moved to its modern facility in Cheshire, CT in 1991.

Bead forms a joint venture with Sturge & Company Ltd. of Birmingham, England to form the Sturge Associated Chain Company Ltd. Sturge manufactures brass beaded chain for the window treatment and plumbing markets in Europe. The company moves to a new building in Dudley in the West Midlands.