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A bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday joined forces to bring greater attention to the global need for clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Darin LaHood (R-Ill.), Xochitl Torres-Small (D-N.M.), and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) officially launched the International Water and Sanitation Caucus along with eight other founding members. The International Association of Read more

A bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday joined forces to bring greater attention to the global need for clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Darin LaHood (R-Ill.), Xochitl Torres-Small (D-N.M.), and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) officially launched the International Water and Sanitation Caucus along with eight other founding members. The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) is pleased to play a leading role in a coalition of private sector organizations that will support the efforts of the new caucus.

The caucus will provide focused oversight and advocacy around water and sanitation issues, which are central to U.S. and global health, economic productivity, ecosystem functions, and national security. Worldwide, 785 million people lack access to clean drinking water and 2 billion do not have access to proper sanitation. Future projections are even more sobering, with 2.9 billion people in 28 countries facing water shortages in the next decade.

In launching the International Water and Sanitation Caucus, the congressional co-chairs emphasized both the necessity and worth of the venture.

Rep. Blumenauer: “Extreme weather events, like the devastating wildfires burning throughout my home state, are a reminder of the destructive threats posed by the current climate emergency. This climate crisis will only expedite the water scarcity faced by billions, putting some of the most vulnerable populations at an even greater risk. Access to clean, safe drinking water and sanitation is not only essential in the prevention of unnecessary disease and death, it is a basic human right.”

Rep. LaHood: “Inadequate water and sanitation around the world is a risk to America’s national security and our global health. As a global health leader, the United States must elevate the importance of sanitation and access to clean water, which has been further illuminated by the COVID-19 pandemic. I am proud to join Congressman Blumenauer in launching the International Water and Sanitation Caucus and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to emphasize these important issues.”

Rep. Torres-Small: “In New Mexico, we know firsthand that water is life. But, as my colleagues know, whether you live in New Mexico, Oregon, Illinois, or Indiana, access to clean, safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene is essential. I am proud to help form the International Water and Sanitation Caucus as a bipartisan space to work across the aisle with members who share the same commitment to addressing water scarcity and invest in solutions that work for us all.”

Rep. Walorski: “Access to clean water for drinking, sanitation and hygiene is necessary to improve health and wellness, promote social resiliency, and strengthen the global economy. I’m excited to join my colleagues in launching the bipartisan International Water and Sanitation Caucus to explore challenges and solutions surrounding access to safe water and proper hygiene in communities across our country and around the world.”

Improving access to water and sanitation has an impact on U.S. industry. The U.S. economy and economic recovery require global consumers for American goods and services, as do the 1-in-5 American jobs tied to international trade. This is underscored by the fact 80% of global purchasing power lies outside the United States. Improving global access to water, sanitation and hygiene (“WASH”) adds more than $60 billion to the world economy annually, returning $4.30 for every $1 invested. Conversely, poor sanitation and water supply result in estimated economic losses of $260 billion annually in developing countries (1.5% of GDP). With 11 of the top-15 U.S. trade partners once recipients of U.S. foreign assistance, increasing WASH access is a key to moving beneficiaries from aid to trade.

“Improving access to water and sanitation services globally is key to growing international trade and improving economic security,” said IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney. “We not only change lives and communities, but we also remove barriers to trade, align market access requirements, and build skilled workforces that understand the value of U.S. products and services.”

Founding co-chairs Blumenauer and LaHood today laid out the importance of the caucus in a joint op-ed in USA Today, which can be read at https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/5790495002.

Milwaukee — Milwaukee Tool will, once again, expand its footprint in the United States (US) with the announcement of a new service hub in Greenwood, Indiana. Anticipated to open in March 2021, this centralized repair facility will complement the company’s other service hub in Greenwood, Miss.; both will act as the main axis points for Read more

Milwaukee — Milwaukee Tool will, once again, expand its footprint in the United States (US) with the announcement of a new service hub in Greenwood, Indiana. Anticipated to open in March 2021, this centralized repair facility will complement the company’s other service hub in Greenwood, Miss.; both will act as the main axis points for the company’s service operations for users around the nation. It will employ more than 450 people and improve service response time for users.

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“As we grow, we continue to invest in the right opportunities and talent that will allow us to deliver the very best solutions and overall experience for our users and distribution partners,” said Steve Richman, Milwaukee Tool Group President. “We are committed to unprecedented speed, agility, innovation, and quality. This new service hub will play a critical role in our continuing to deliver on these commitments.”

Milwaukee® will invest $6.75 million to establish its new service hub to accommodate the rapid growth the company has experienced in the last several years. The 150,000-square-foot facility in Greenwood, Ind., will house tool repair and warehousing space. It is expected to be operational by March 2021.

Milwaukee® has designed, engineered, and manufactured products in the United States since 1924. Over the last year the company has invested more than $135 million in domestic expansion projects and employs 4,500 people nationwide. Milwaukee® currently has manufacturing, distribution, and operations presences around the nation in Greenwood, Olive Branch, and Jackson, MS, as well as in Brookfield, Menomonee Falls, Mukwonago, and Sun Prairie, WI. Earlier in 2020, the company announced its plans for a new hand tool manufacturing plant in West Bend, Wis.

Rinnai webinar discusses hydronic air handler features, benefits, installation, and more. The Propane Education & Research Council is offering a new webinar for construction professionals as part of its “Propane Presents Technology Series”. The webinar, created in partnership with Rinnai, will take place at 2 p.m. EDT on Sept.10. During the webinar, Rinnai will discuss Read more

Rinnai webinar discusses hydronic air handler features, benefits, installation, and more.

Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), Rinnai, webinar series, Hydronic Air Handler Fundamentals, plumbing, HVAC, heatingThe Propane Education & Research Council is offering a new webinar for construction professionals as part of its “Propane Presents Technology Series”. The webinar, created in partnership with Rinnai, will take place at 2 p.m. EDT on Sept.10.

During the webinar, Rinnai will discuss the features and advantages of hydronic air handlers, discuss installation and service fundamentals for construction professionals, and provide best practices for approaching the ideal customer. Hydronic heating systems, which can be part of new and retrofit projects, offer a smaller carbon footprint and increased efficiency than comparable products. They also provide increased comfort, backup and emergency heat with a heat pump, and improved efficiency when paired with Rinnai tankless condensing products.

“We are excited to be partnering with Rinnai for this webinar, which is jam-packed with educational, engaging content for contractors and construction professionals,” said Bryan Cordill, director of residential and commercial business development at PERC. “We hope attendees walk away with a new understanding of how propane equipment can benefit their customers — and, ultimately, their business.”

PERC’s “Propane Presents Technology Series” focuses on new and emerging propane technologies, education, and best practices to approach the ideal customer. Hosted and facilitated by PERC, in partnership with various OEMs, the series aims to showcase various propane products across multiple markets, answer questions directly from the industry and end users, and provide relevant resources and training information.

To learn more about the benefits of propane systems, visit Propane.com. Click here to register for the webinar with Rinnai.

Industry Leader Says the Coronavirus is Unknown; Cautions Commercial & Residential Buyers Unscrupulous sellers across the country are falsely claiming both commercial and in-home air purification systems kill Coronavirus. While air purification technologies, including GreenTech Environmental’s proprietary methods, have been used successfully to curb the spread of viruses including SARS and even Ebola, no air Read more

Industry Leader Says the Coronavirus is Unknown; Cautions Commercial & Residential Buyers

Unscrupulous sellers across the country are falsely claiming both commercial and in-home air purification systems kill Coronavirus. While air purification technologies, including GreenTech Environmental’s proprietary methods, have been used successfully to curb the spread of viruses including SARS and even Ebola, no air purification system has published results of singular and scientific testing against the coronavirus.

As the United States grapples with reopening plans for schools, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment facilities, GreenTech Environmental is urging air purification buyers, including commercial and consumer buyers, to use air purification as part of a comprehensive mitigation strategy rather than the singular weapon against the coronavirus.

Earlier this year, the EPA specifically stated, “By themselves, portable air cleaners and HVAC filters are not enough to protect people from the virus that causes COVID-19. When used along with other best practices recommended by CDC and others, filtration can be part of a plan to protect people indoors.”

CEO and founder Allen Johnston of GreenTech Environmental said, “While we stand by the efficacy of our technologies, we’re deeply unsettled by the unsubstantiated claims we see in the air purification marketplace. We want facility managers and the American people to keep their guard up with respect to the transmission of this virus. There is no single technology that mitigates the risk 100 percent.

“Commercial facilities upgrading their HVAC systems or using technologies like drones for purification should also continue to follow CDC guidelines alongside other mitigation efforts, the same is true for personal and residential systems,” Johnson continued.

Since COVID-19 has gripped the nation, GreenTech Environmental is supplying many commercial facilities, office buildings, schools and hospitals looking to upgrade their arsenal against the airborne spread of bacteria and viruses. GreenTech Environmental wants to ensure that it’s technologies are used in conjunction with broader strategies recommended by health professionals and scientists.

“Like all Americans, we’re anxious to get back to restaurants, hotels, theaters, and stadiums, and we know air purification systems have an important role to play in the reopening of America. We want all Americans to feel confident and at ease with the reopening. We are urging the air purification industry to be fact-based and scientifically sound. We look forward to contributing to ongoing air purification research for decades to come,” said Johnston.

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AB&I Foundry, in celebration of women in engineering, manufacturing and the skilled trades, has developed an iron woman character named “Rose.” The foundry has had a long history with their iron man character who is a big burly man. It was time for the company to feature a female character. The new Iron Woman pays Read more

AB&I Foundry, in celebration of women in engineering, manufacturing and the
skilled trades, has developed an iron woman character named “Rose.” The foundry has had a long history with their iron man character who is a big burly man. It was time for the company to feature a female character. The new Iron Woman pays tribute to the iconic Rosie the Riveter—the women civilians who built the warplanes during the WWII effort.

“There is a huge gap in our historical narrative about women in the trades and that is quickly changing as they are starting to fill the void in skilled trades as many baby boomers retire out of industry. While women are stepping into these rolls they are still underrepresented,” said Francesca Venezia Dunbar, Vice President of Group Marketing for McWane. “We hope that the new Iron Woman will pay tribute to the vast opportunities for women in industry.”

According to The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), Between 2017 and 2018, the number of women working in construction trades increased by 17.6 percent, rising to well over a quarter of a million women (276,000), according to a recent analysis from IWPR. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) shows that women make up about 47 percent of the overall workforce but are still underrepresented in science and engineering occupations. Only 14 percent of engineers are women. Despite these increases, women still only represent 10% of the construction workforce. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, jobs in the skilled trades are expected to grow by at least 11 percent by 2026, while three out of every four tradespeople are set to retire. This brings opportunity for women seeking employment in engineering, manufacturing and the skilled trades.

“The plumbing industry, as well as other industries, are chalked full of women breaking barriers with their actions. At AB&I we celebrate those individual women who are pushing through to achieve greatness, no matter the obstacles or tasks,” said Shannon Hooper, National Sales Manager of AB&I Foundry. “I feel that Rose is an embodiment of the changes happening in the construction industry and the world. I look forward to seeing Rose and other women meet the future head on and all the great things they will accomplish.”

AB&I Foundry, an Oakland-based company that manufactures cast iron pipe and fittings for the plumbing industry, has a long legacy of manufacturing in East Oakland. The company has been manufacturing quality cast iron soil pipe that is used to convey fluids out of commercial and residential buildings since 1906. Plumbing infrastructure is critical to public health and sanitation and there are only three (3) manufacturers remaining in the United States. We remain OaklandSTRONG. Please follow us on www.ABIOakland, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep current with AB&I events and information.