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.

Walking in Washington’s Shoes Links History with Leadership

George Washington’s leadership lessons are as fresh and insightful today as they were over 200 years ago. A group of Plumbing Manufacturers International members recently had the chance to “Be Washington” for a day, learning his decision-making skills to help solve challenges facing their companies and the industry.

New COVID Guidelines Place Focus on Personal Responsibility

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance for COVID-related testing, distancing and quarantining in August. The guidance places a greater emphasis on personal responsibility for minimizing the risk of COVID to ourselves and others. The CDC urges that precautions remain in place for vulnerable populations and within community settings where these populations reside or work.

PMI Team Connects with Policymakers at NCSL Summit

Plumbing Manufacturers International staff headed to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit in August to build vital relationships with state policymakers while sharing expertise on water-efficient measures and plumbing products.

PMI Annual Report Explores ‘Plumbing Manufacturing Evolution’

Consistently through the years, Plumbing Manufacturers International has fulfilled its vision of “safe, responsible plumbing – always.” But now, “we find ourselves at a time when our social contract is being extended into areas such as climate change mitigation and diversity, equity and inclusion,” PMI CEO/Executive Director Kerry Stackpole states.

Mike Rowe Wants to Help Rewrite the Skilled Trades Story

It’s a question millions of high school seniors face every year: which career should I pursue? Most often, they’re presented with one option: get a four-year degree that carries a potentially high price tag, said Mike Rowe, creator of the TV show “Dirty Jobs.” However, many aren’t aware of another strong choice – a career in the skilled trades – which provides excellent salaries and plenty of opportunities.

Planning, Leader Buy-in Integral to Solid Diversity Efforts

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs have become more important to plumbing manufacturers and businesses – not just because they’re the right thing to do, but because they produce better business results.

Five Ways Your Company Can Welcome Diversity

The ever-changing demographic makeup of America has manufacturers realizing the importance of building diversity and inclusion into their workforces. This diversity encompasses not only gender and race but diversity in age, ability, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

Military Vets Bring Valuable Traits to Manufacturers

Disciplined. Resourceful. Goal-oriented. Those are only a few of the many traits military veterans possess that can help plumbing manufacturers succeed.

Another important reason for manufacturers to tap the military for talent? With a shortage of skilled workers projected to confront manufacturing companies in the next several years, the competition for skilled labor will increase.

Preserving Diversity Efforts Amid Pandemic Can Bring Rewards

Building a diverse workforce and recruiting more women during the pandemic could help plumbing manufacturers enhance their performance. New research shows that companies maintaining their diversity and inclusion efforts now will be rewarded later with new levels of resilience, revitalization and inspiration – all necessary to recover from the economic and operational challenges caused by COVID-19.