News from Plumbing Manufacturers International
PMI CEOs Meet with Lawmakers in Nation’s Capital –
CEOs and other executives from PMI’s Member Companies gathered in Washington, D.C. on April 9 and 10, at the Washington Fly-In for the first ever joint meeting with members of the American Supply Association (ASA). On Thursday, April 10, PMI executives participated in over 35 congressional meetings with their lawmakers and staff where they discussed several policy issues including importance of retrofitting outdated plumbing products with high-efficiency products, the need to renew the research and development tax credit and revisions to the regulatory system.
PMI Supports Senate Legislation Authorizing WaterSense® Program –
On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Senator Tom Udall (D) of New Mexico introduced legislation, The WaterSense® Efficiency, Conservation, and Adaptation Act, that would authorize and enhance the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense® program, providing a dedicated source of funding for the water equivalent of EnergyStar®.
PMI Welcomes New Technical Director –
Barbara C. Higgens, CEO/Executive Director of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) has named Matt Sigler as PMI’s Technical Director, effective immediately.
PMI Announces New Committee Chairs –
PMI announces new committee chairs for the Advocacy/Outreach Committee, the Water Efficiency and Sustainability Committee and the Government Affairs Committee.
PMI Announces New Fall Conference Dates –
PMI announces new dates for its 2014 Fall Conference. The new dates will be October 27-30, 2014.
Following a survey of our membership, PMI has decided to push back the dates of the 2014 PMI Fall Conference by one week in order to avoid conflict with Greenbuild. In spite of our due diligence to select dates that were not in conflict with other industry events, changes to the Greenbuild Conference dates from November to October in 2014 created an overlap.
Sponsorship Opportunities Available for the 2014 PMI Spring Conference –
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) is offering sponsorship opportunities for its 2014 Spring Conference. Sponsors may choose from Gold, Silver and Bronze level sponsorships as well as an opportunity to sponsor the conference’s keynote speaker, Dr. Marc Edwards.
PMI Members Compliant With New Lead-Free Standard –
Members of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) have successfully transitioned their plumbing products to meet the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act which became effective on January 4, 2014. This important law reduces the allowable amount of lead permissible in plumbing products that come into contact with potable (drinkable) water nationwide.
Registration is Now Open for the 2014 PMI Spring Conference –
The 2014 PMI Spring Conference will be held March 2-5 at Charleston Place in Charleston, South Carolina. PMI welcomes you to join us for an engaging and exciting conference in one of the country’s oldest and most welcoming cities. Well known for its history and hospitality, Charleston is an ideal place to host our event which will focus on filling information gaps and coming together to address the issues and concerns of the day.
PMI Welcomes Allied Member NSF International –
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) is pleased to announce its Board of Directors has approved NSF International’s application for membership, making them PMI’s newest Allied Member. PMI officially welcomed NSF International as an Allied Member of PMI earlier this month.
Shabbir Rawalpindiwala of Kohler Co. Wins the Joseph K. Seidner Award –
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) proudly congratulates Shabbir Rawalpindiwala, Manager Codes and Standards, Engineering and Plumbing at the Kohler Company, on being named the recipient of the 2013 Joseph K. Seidner Award at the Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing.
4th International Emerging Technology Symposium –
Preparations are already underway to ensure that the 2014 International Emerging Technology Symposium (ETS), to be held April 23-24, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va., is the most comprehensive and informative event since the ETS debuted in 2008.
An unprecedented number of organizations, representing the foremost leaders in the plumbing and mechanical industries, have signed on to present the symposium as co-conveners. They are: the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®), the World Plumbing Council (WPC), the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC), the Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI®), the United Association (UA), and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH).
PMI and IAPMO Team Up to Present Codes and Standards Course Online –
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) have teamed up to offer an online presentation of the popular “PMI Codes & Standards” primer that has only been available previously in a “live” format.
Available now, the new online course is presented in an audio/slide format, narrated by PMI Technical Director Len Swatkowski and accessed via the both PMI website (www.pmihome.org) and the IAPMOLearn website.
PMI’s President’s Award presented to Craig Selover of Masco –
Craig Selover was awarded the prestigious President’s Award at the Plumbing Manufacturers International’s (PMI’s) Fall Conference in Washington, D.C., held Oct. 7-10, 2012.
Established in 2009, by then PMI President Walt Strader, the President’s Award is given in recognition of lifetime achievement and outstanding contributions to the plumbing industry.
Selover is the current director of plumbing products technology for the Masco Corporation. He has been a member of PMI for more than 30 years and served as president of the organization in 1990. He is highly respected both within PMI and in the broader plumbing community for his valued commitment throughout the years.
IAPMO and PMI Team Up to Present Codes and Standards Course Online –
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®) and Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) have teamed up to offer an online presentation of the popular “PMI Codes & Standards” primer that has since 1999 only been available previously in a “live” format.
The new online course is presented in an audio/slide format, narrated by PMI's technical director, Len Swatkowski, and accessed via the IAPMOLearn website (www.iapmolearn.org). The course is going through final documentation and will be available for registration on Sept. 21.
September 7 - October 10, 2012
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PMI returns to Washington, D.C., for Fall Conference – Promotes “Plumbing as a Profession” –
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) returns to Washington, D.C., for its Fall Conference, Oct. 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.
“While the word ‘water’ evokes an emotional response, the word ‘plumbing’ conjures an entirely different image. It is fact that safe plumbing has saved more lives than the medical profession. Plumbing is responsible for delivering water, essential for life itself. Why then the disconnect?” muses Barbara C. Higgens, PMI’s executive director. “The 2012 PMI Fall Conference will feature a keynote address and a panel of individuals from diverse backgrounds to explore the source of the misperceptions, the impact of these misperceptions, and most importantly, what we can do to turn around these perceptions.”
Keynote addresses will be given by Annie Longsworth, CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi, and Erin Streeter, vice president of National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) who will speak about the importance of a positive image and how to maintain and protect that image.