News from Plumbing Manufacturers International
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
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.
PMI announces new committee co-chairs –
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) President Stewart Yang of Kohler Co. is pleased to announce the appointment of three chairs, the reappointment of one chair and the election of one chair to serve on PMI's Focus and Standing Committees. The three-year terms for these positions officially begin with the 2012 PMI Fall Conference, being held October 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. His decision was based upon PMI meeting attendance, leadership, expertise and an overall commitment to PMI.
PMI welcomes Water Pik as new manufacturing member –
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) President Stewart Yang of Kohler Co. is pleased to announce that Water Pik has joined PMI as its newest member. Water Pik, Inc. has been developing innovative personal and oral healthcare products for the entire family since 1962. Headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo., Water Pik operates facilities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
PMI gives back with a service day in Santa Rosa, Calif. –
Prior to the start of the Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) Spring Conference, members and staff volunteered for a day of service at the Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County's ReStore retail outlet. The PMI team assisted with pricing products, moving displays and cleaning merchandise, while learning about the mission of Habitat for Humanity in Sonoma County.
PMI welcomes new Supplier, Certifier Allied Members and Manufacturi –
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) is pleased to announce three new members: Chase Brass & Copper Company, Inc. and Mueller Brass Company have joined PMI as Supplier Allied Members, and CSA International has joined as a Certifier Allied Member. The latest additions to the PMI roster join International Association of Plumbing and Manufacturing Officials (IAPMO) and LSP Products Group as new members in 2012.
PMI welcomes new committee co-chairs –
The Marketing Council will again be co-chaired by Rick Reles, vice president of kitchens, cast iron and corporate accounts worldwide for Kohler Co., who is back for a second term. Reles will serve alongside current co-chair Tim Doyle of Amerikam.
The Government Affairs Standing Committee will be co-chaired by Daniel Gleiberman, manager of product compliance and government affairs for Sloan Valve Company. Gleiberman will co-chair the committee with David MacNair of InSinkErator.
PMI Welcomes First Certifier Allied Member –
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) is pleased to announce that the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has joined PMI as a charter Certifier Allied Member.
PMI Welcomes First Supplier Member Under New Affiliate Category –
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) Board President Stewart Yang is pleased to announce that Chase Brass and Copper Company is the first company to accept PMI's invitation to join the organization through a new membership category, Allied Membership. The Allied Membership category was approved during the PMI Fall Conference held in September 2011 and welcomes new members who qualify as suppliers and certifiers to the plumbing industry. Members under this heading receive a number of the benefits of PMI membership, such as access to PMI publications and attendance at PMI’s semi-annual conferences at a special membership fee. Continue reading.
Critical Drainline Research Needs Your Help (PDF) –
An important study on building drainline blockages is just short of funding it needs to move forward. Download and read the PDF
PMI Elects Board Slate and Appoints New Committee Members –
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) elected Stewart Yang, vice president of engineering, faucet design for Kohler Co., Board President for the year 2012. Yang was elected at the 2011 Fall Meeting, held September 18-21 at the Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Continue reading...)
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IAPMO, PMI sign MoU to explore more dynamic collaboration –
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) specifically detailing ways in which the two venerable organizations will work together to jointly advance and promote mutual industry interests as related to education, training and advocacy. Through this MoU, IAPMO and PMI pledge cooperation in the achievement of numerous objectives. (Continue reading.)