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Elkay, a family-owned manufacturer of sinks, faucets, drinking water solutions, and other plumbing products, has joined Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) as one way of preparing for business opportunities and challenges expected to emerge post-COVID-19.
"There's so much going on, it's the right time," said Elkay's Manager of Compliance and Sustainability John Watson, 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 company's entire team. "Elkay is a well-respected member of the plumbing products community and brings a historic legacy of great products and great brands. We are excited about working together to further the goals and future of the plumbing fixture and fittings industry," he said.
Watson said the plumbing manufacturing industry expects the Biden administration to introduce regulatory activity and to address issues of interest, such as tariffs, water infrastructure, lead testing, and more. "PMI will provide us with advocacy information in a timely fashion when there's still time to do something about it and to plan for what's coming," he said. "With access to the same information as other manufacturers, Elkay looks forward to participating in dialogues between PMI members."
A 25-year veteran of the plumbing manufacturing industry, Watson said he plans to work with Elkay's Executive Vice President of Plumbing Franco Savoni to create awareness throughout their organization of opportunities for engagement with PMI. These opportunities include participating in PMI webinars, committees, workgroups and special events. Elkay's employees also may subscribe to PMI's regular publications — Ripple Effect and Inside My PMI — and to technical and advocacy reports and alerts.