Mar 02, 2011

Plumbing Manufacturers Institute Becomes Plumbing Manufacturers International

Organization will celebrate new identity at its spring conference this month

PMI announced that it has changed its name to Plumbing Manufacturers International. For 35 years, PMI was the acronym for the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute. PMI believes that the new name preserves the reputation and recognition of PMI, while reflecting the association's and its members' worldwide involvement and outreach.

Member companies of PMI's voluntary, not-for-profit international industry association represent 95% of North America's plumbing manufacturers and produce a substantial quantity of the world's plumbing products. Reflecting this global leadership role, PMI also refreshed its brand identity, website and other marketing communications that will be introduced throughout the year and culminate with its presence at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, Oct. 4 to 7 in Toronto.

PMI members and returning visitors to will see a redesigned site that aligns with the new brand identity, and RSS news feed subscriptions for the homepage and for member-generated news. The educational website maintains its independent design. Frequent updates are posted on the homepage and via RSS subscription for lawmakers, journalists, industry professionals and homeowners seeking information about clean, safe drinking water and water efficiency.

PMI members will celebrate the new name and identity at the PMI 2011 Spring Conference, March 27 to 30 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. In addition to the high-profile speakers and full-group sessions, the conference includes dual tracks of marketing and technical meetings. The discussions during these meetings will help determine the ongoing fulfillment of the association's mission in North America and the expertise it can share with other countries' plumbing industry leaders.

PMI's successful advocacy recently was demonstrated with the harmonization of lead standards across U.S., when the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act was signed into law in January 2011.