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Seattle, WA (April 30, 2013) —At the recent national Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Chicago, the Storehouse of World Vision honored Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) as the Crystal Vision Award winner. A visionary organization in the industry and in U.S. communities, PMI is committed to water efficiency, health, safety, and environmental sustainability of plumbing products.
Since 2001, PMI has partnered with World Vision domestically, through a network of six storehouses across the United States. Those storehouses distribute goods donated from corporate partners like PMI and its member companies to more than 1.6 million people in low-income communities. Through its relationship with World Vision, PMI facilitates the donation of plumbing products for distribution to those in need.
“PMI is not only a global leader in plumbing, but a global leader in their commitment to improve the quality of life of people wherever they do business,” said Efrain Perez, corporate relations director for World Vision. “We could not be prouder to partner with PMI to bring critically needed supplies, and hope, to the vulnerable families World Vision serves.”
Families like the Rice family in Chicago where the mother needed assistance to replace kitchen and bath fixtures in her daughter’s home, which had fallen into disrepair because she was serving her second tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Or the Appalachia high school in West Virginia whose students can now participate in a hands-on, experiential building facility and maintenance shop program and earn credits towards vocational certification because of the plumbing products PMI partners have donated. Their instructor says previously, the students only had books to learn from.
Earlier this month, PMI released a new vision statement, ‘Safe, responsible plumbing. Always.’ that encapsulates everything they stand for as a not-for-profit industry association. PMI’s member companies produce nearly 90% of the plumbing products on the market in the USA. They voluntarily support PMI and tirelessly work to help the group see its vision brought to life. Through this partnership, PMI continues to advocate for safe plumbing, consumer choice and water efficiency and recently celebrated being a driving force behind legislation that reduces the allowable lead content in plumbing fixtures.
“Having clean, safe drinking water; a decent kitchen for preparing food and gathering together; and functioning, water-efficient bathrooms are things most of us take for granted. To help connect those who have products to donate with those who need them most, is a reward in itself,” said Barbara Higgens, PMI’s Executive Director. “To receive this honor for doing something that makes so much sense, is icing on the cake. On behalf of PMI, its Board of Directors and membership… thank you.”
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About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. For more information on their efforts, visit WorldVision.org/press or follow them on Twitter at @WorldVisionNews
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 nation’s plumbing products. For more information on PMI or its semi-annual meetings, contact the organization at 1921 Rohlwing Road, Unit G, Rolling Meadows, IL, 60008; tel.: 847-481-5500; fax: 847-481-5501. Visit our website at www.pmihome.org.