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Now more than ever, skilled trade workers are vital to society’s everyday safety, health and well-being. Oatey Co., a leading manufacturer in the plumbing industry since 1916, today announced the release of its first-ever podcast, The Fix, which aims to shed light on the significance of the trades, while educating, inspiring and empowering the next generation of professionals to promote the longevity of the industry.
Each episode of The Fix will feature a conversation with thought leaders across the range of skilled trades, such as plumbing, manufacturing, electrical, HVAC, commercial construction and more. The guest lineup for season one includes tradespeople, educators, trade organization leaders, Oatey’s own experts and more.
Through these conversations, The Fix explores careers in the trades, discussing solutions to combat the growing labor shortage, as well as demonstrate how rewarding and lucrative skilled trades careers are. Guests share their unique take on the industry, including career advice, jobsite experiences, how to overcome common misconceptions, promoting diversity and more.
“At Oatey, we’re passionate about the skilled trades, and we’re committed to doing our part as a manufacturer to ensure the vitality of this essential industry,” said Katherine Lehtinen, Oatey’s senior vice president of brand and digital marketing, who co-hosts The Fix alongside technical applications manager and master plumber Doug Buchan.
“This podcast is all about having important, challenging conversations about the trades and their future,” she continued, “sharing stories, advice and ideas with current and future tradespeople, all while highlighting the strong talent, opportunities and benefits that continue to exist within the trades.”
Lehtinen said The Fix is intended to be more than a podcast, but rather a community. “If our conversations motivate even one individual to give the trades a try, then we’re one step closer to reaching our collective goal,” she said.