Oct 07, 2011

Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. Hosts Fall Conference

Executives, member professionals gather to discuss state of plumbing manufacturing industry

Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI) recently hosted its Fall Conference Sept. 18 to 21 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The meeting started with an executive roundtable event, featuring executives from seven member companies who gathered to discuss the state of the plumbing manufacturing industry, their companies' responses to the economic downturn, the global trends they see that will impact the industry and many other topics.

Political pundit and journalist George Will moderated the roundtable. The event participants were:

• Keith Allman, president of Delta Faucet Co.;
• Don Devine, CEO at American Standard Brands;
• Timothy Jahnke, president and CEO of Elkay Manufacturing Co.;
• David Lingafelter, president, Moen Inc.;
• Tim O'Keeffe, CEO of Symmons Industries;
• William Strang, chairman, TOTO Mexico and senior vice president, TOTO USA; and
• Jim Westdorp, group president of kitchen and bath, Kohler Co.

The next day featured a presentation by Chad Moutray, chief economist with the National Assn. of Manufacturers. U.S. EPA lead engineer Stephanie Tanner; Brendan Owens, vice president of LEED technical development for the U.S. Green Building Council; and Christian Taylor-Hamlin, technical director of the Bathroom Manufacturers Assn., gave presentations during PMI's Water Efficiency and Sustainability Issue Committee Meeting.

The Fair Trade portion of the conference saw presentations by Gary Stanley, acting director, office of materials industries, and Salim Bhabrawala, senior international trade specialist, both of whom are with the U.S. Department of Commerce; and by Yvonne Orgill, chief executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Assn.