DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – (BUSINESS WIRE) –Elkay – a family business of sinks, taps, drinking water solutions and other sanitary products – joined Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) as a way to prepare for business opportunities and challenges expected to arise after COVID-19.
“Everything is happening – it’s the right time,” said John Watson, Elkay’s Manager of Compliance and Sustainability, who will serve as the company’s primary liaison with PMI.
PMI CEO / Executive Director Kerry Stackpole said PMI is delighted to welcome Elkay as the newest member of PMI and looks forward to supporting the success of the entire team at the company. “Elkay is a respected member of the sanitary products community and brings a historical legacy of great products and great brands. We are delighted to work together to advance the goals and future of the plumbing fixtures and fittings industry, ”he said.
Watson said the plumbing industry expects the Biden administration to introduce regulatory activities and address key issues such as tariffs, water infrastructure, lead testing and more. “PMI will provide us with timely advocacy information if there is still time to do something about it and plan for what is to come,” he explained. With access to the same information as other manufacturers, Elkay looks forward to participating in dialogues between PMI members, Watson said.
Watson, a 25-year veteran of the plumbing industry, said he plans to partner with Elkay’s Executive Vice President of Plumbing Franco Savoni to create awareness across their organization of opportunities for engagement with PMI. These opportunities include participation in PMI webinars, committees, working groups and special events. Elkay employees can also subscribe to PMI’s mainstream publications – Ripple Effect and Inside My PMI – as well as technical and advocacy reports and alerts.
With more than 2,600 employees worldwide, Elkay has manufacturing and distribution facilities in the United States and abroad. Family-owned since 1920, Elkay has been creating innovative products and exceptional customer service for over a century. While Elkay took pride in being America’s top selling sink company, Elkay expanded its commercial offering more than four decades ago and today supplies faucets, water coolers, drinking fountains, Smartwell Water Delivery Systems and the award-winning ezH2O bottle filling stations, in addition to stainless steel, refractory world class clay and quartz sinks. Read more at www.elkay.com.
About international plumbing manufacturers
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) is the trade association of sanitary ware manufacturers that produce more than 90 percent of the United States’ sanitary products, represent more than 150 iconic brands, and develop safe, reliable and innovative water-efficient sanitation technologies. PMI members contribute more than 464,000 jobs and $ 85.5 billion in economic impact to the US economy.
With a vision of safe, responsible sanitation – always, PMI advocates for performance of sanitary products that contribute to water efficiency and conservation, sustainability, public health and safety, and consumer satisfaction. PMI members manufacture and market water-efficient toilets, urinals, faucets, shower heads and other products in more than 70 locations across the country and in more than 24,000 hardware stores, hardware stores and showrooms in all 50 states. For more information about PMI, contact the organization at 1750 Tysons Blvd., Ste. 1500, McLean, Va., 22102; tel.: 847-481-5500. www.safeplumbing.org.
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