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.

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. NationalInternDay.com 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.