Schaumburg, IL The Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Commerce Dept. that would "level the playing field around the world and promote a better understanding of trade issues," the association announced last month.
Barbara Higgens, executive director of the Schaumburg, IL-based PMI, said she had signed the memorandum in an effort to "create an avenue to enhance international trade opportunities for plumbing product manufacturers, and to help ensure a level playing field for them in global competition."
According to PMI president Ralph Herrbach, the PMI-Commerce Dept. agreement will ensure better utilization by plumbing products manufacturers of the Commerce Dept.'s export promotion programs, and will help facilitate government assistance for manufacturers facing foreign trade barriers.
"We are pleased about this opportunity," said Herrbach, who is also president of Cifial USA.