PMI@Work Blog

The PMI@Work blog explores efforts to develop the manufacturing workforce for the future, particularly among Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) members. If you’d like to submit a post for consideration, send a brief synopsis of what you’d like to write about to Ray Valek, email.

July 30 National Intern Day Helps Create Bridge to Future

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed many internship programs on hold or turned them into remote programs. In any case, plumbing manufacturers will ramp up internship programs again as workplace issues related to COVID-19 become resolved.


National Intern Day is on July 30. includes a variety of resources for companies looking to increase content and visibility for their internship programs. The website was created and promoted by WayUp, a company that helps early-career candidates to discover and be discovered by employers.

What Does Safe Reopening Look Like for Businesses?

As more states ease restrictions related to COVID-19, businesses are following local, state and federal guidelines to safely reopen. While companies are taking steps to keep workers healthy, they also need to address the safety of plumbing systems that were idle during the shutdown.

PMI Members Fortify Worker Safety Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Plumbing manufacturers continue to support the country during the COVID-19 crisis, creating many crucial products, such as faucets, toilets and emergency showers needed by first responders. Identified as essential by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), plumbing manufacturing workers are producing these products while heeding protective measures outlined by federal, state and local guidelines to keep their workers as healthy and safe as possible.

PMI Members Offer Water-Saving Careers to Innovative Pros

We all know this moment well: you’ve turned on the shower, but there’s no way you’re getting in it just yet. The water must reach the perfect temperature. So you start your pre-shower routine, listening to your favorite playlist and grabbing your towel and shampoo while waiting for the water to heat up. Most showers spray 2 to 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm), and while you wait to get in, you’re wasting water that is probably already hot.

PMI@Work in Digital Manufacturing

Manufacturing has become more than humans working with machines. Software, technological breakthroughs and new facilities continue to evolve manufacturing in ways that create new possibilities for companies that make things.

How Plumbing Manufacturers Make Health Care Safer

Healthcare organizations represent a major market for plumbing manufacturers. Innovations that make health care facilities sanitary, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing are in demand, with healthcare purchasing managers on the lookout for products that meet these requirements, reports Health Facilities Management Magazine (Lorenzi, 2019).

Digital Manufacturing Brings Factories Into the Future

Manufacturing has become more than humans working with machines. Software, technological breakthroughs and new facilities continue to evolve manufacturing in ways that create new possibilities for companies that make things.

The Multigenerational Workforce: Bridging the ‘Age Gap’

Millennials have become the largest generation in the U.S. workforce, and Generation Z workers are right behind them. Leaders and organizations must embrace the new ways of working that appeal to these digital-first generations, while continuing to appeal to Baby Boomers and Generation X, who will likely remain in the workforce for many years to come.

Providing the ‘Golden Ticket’ – Experience to Young People

Everyone is familiar with the world of internships. Held during the summer or following trade school or college graduation – or while also balancing coursework – internships are a common first step in the post-graduate world. Internships can boost your resume in your chosen field to its fullest potential before initiating a job search.

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) member CSA Group has a comprehensive careers page where their newest opportunities are listed, including any internships that are available. For example, CSA Group recently searched for interns relating to strategy, enterprise risk management, gas cylinder testing, and quality systems.

A Virtualized Revolution: The Rise of Tech in Manufacturing

The digital revolution is transforming manufacturing, causing changes similar to those that continue to disrupt media, consumer products, healthcare and many other sectors; the explosion in data and new computing capabilities – along with advances in other areas such as artificial intelligence, automation, robotics and human-machine interaction – are unleashing innovations that are changing the nature of manufacturing itself.

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) members are innovating the ways in which they manufacture their products; not only are the products more technologically advanced than ever before, but so are the facilities and processes used make them, creating exciting career opportunities within the industry. For example, at the 2019 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), four PMI members were recognized with Best of KBIS Awards for their innovations.