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.

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.

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.

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.