IAPMO, PMI sign MoU to explore more dynamic collaboration


Pete DeMarco, Allen Inlow, Dave Viola all of IAPMO (standing). Russ Chaney, IAPMO CEO GP and Barbara Higgens, PMI Executive Director (seated).

ROLLING MEADOWS, ILLINOIS (Oct. 18, 2011) – 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, including the following:

  • Where mutually beneficial, identify and consider a possible agreement between IAPMO and PMI to promote new and existing sustainability opportunities and services collaboratively to our members and the industry, including IAPMO's green training programs.
  • Consider ways the organizations might aid best practices in the plumbing industry, and seek collaborations with other industry groups to promote effective delivery of continuing education programs for workers and recruitment of new workers.
  • Identify joint areas of interest in legislative and regulatory advocacy.
  • Consider expansion of IAPMO educational content and offerings to including hosting of existing PMI courses and collaborate with PMI on development of new courses that may be offered jointly and co-promoted.
  • Investigate the feasibility of jointly produced educational conferences..

Russ Chaney, IAPMO CEO GP and Barbara Higgens, PMI Executive Director.

IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney and PMI Executive Director Barbara C. Higgens signed the MoU on Oct. 13 in Washington, D.C.

"Sharing talents through collaborative relationships like this one with IAPMO has been an important part of PMI's success over the years. We are delighted to have the opportunity to explore areas of mutual interest and to investigate ways to work together," Higgens said.

"IAPMO and PMI have long worked together and with others to advance the industry, but with this Memorandum of Understanding we look forward to engaging in an even more proactively cooperative relationship," Chaney said. "Each association becomes a stronger advocate of its stated mission with the assistance and backing of the other."

About IAPMO:
Founded in Los Angeles in 1926, IAPMO has grown to be recognized the world over for its Uniform Codes. With offices in 11 states and seven countries, IAPMO has assisted with code development in such diverse places as Saudi Arabia, China, India, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Venezuela, Colombia, and the United Arab Emirates.

About PMI:
Plumbing Manufacturers International is the voluntary, not-for-profit international industry association of manufacturers of plumbing products, serving as the Voice of the Plumbing Industry. Member companies produce a substantial quantity of the world's plumbing products.

PMI's mission is:

  • To promote the water efficiency, health, safety, quality and environmental sustainability of plumbing products, while maximizing consumer choice and value in a fair and open marketplace.
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of information and industry education.
  • To represent openly the members' interests and advocate for sound environmental and public health policies in the regulatory and
    legislative processes.
  • To enhance the plumbing industry's growth and expansion.

For more information on PMI, contact the association at
1921 Rohlwing Road, Unit G, Rolling Meadows, IL, 60008;
tel.: 847-481-5500; fax: 847-481-5501.  

Barbara C. Higgens, Executive Director, Plumbing Manufacturers International, bhiggens@pmihome.org, 847-481-5500
Heather West, Public Relations Consultant, heather@heatherwestpr.com, 612-724-8760

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