Celebrating World Plumbing Day

Celebrating World Plumbing Day: Exploring Careers in Plumbing with HBI

World Plumbing Day on March 11 is an excellent opportunity to shed light on the essential role of plumbers in the building and construction industry. For young people considering a career in this field, plumbing offers a rewarding path filled with opportunities for growth and impact. Here at HBI, we’re dedicated to providing aspiring plumbers with the necessary training, certification and job placement assistance to kickstart their careers.

Good reliable plumbing matters to people’s lives. World Plumbing Day promotes the importance of good quality plumbing to the health, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity of our communities.

HBI’s Commitment to Plumbing Career Training and Placement

At HBI, we understand the importance of hands-on training and industry-recognized certifications for aspiring plumbers. That’s why we offer free training programs designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the plumbing trade. From pipefitting to installation techniques, our comprehensive curriculum and certification covers all aspects of the plumbing profession.

But there’s more! HBI goes beyond training and provides job placement assistance to help our graduates secure employment opportunities in the field. Our extensive network of industry partners ensures that aspiring plumbers have access to a wide range of job openings, allowing them to start their careers with confidence.

Partnership for Progress: RWC and HBI

In 2021, HBI joined forces with RWC (Reliance Worldwide Corporation) to promote careers in the plumbing trade. Through this partnership, RWC sponsored training and career opportunities for aspiring plumbers across the United States. This collaboration not only addressed the skilled labor gap in the industry but also provided young people with access to quality training programs and job prospects. RWC is a premier producer of high-quality plumbing essentials,through its portfolio of brands that includes SharkBite™ push-to-connect plumbing solutions; HoldRite™  engineered plumbing and mechanical solutions; Cash Acme™ control valves; John Guest™ fittings and fluid dispense products and EZ-Flo™ and Eastman™ appliance connectors, supply lines, stop valves and gas connectors.

RWC became HBI’s exclusive Trade Sponsor for 22 plumbing programs across the US, and has a plumbing training program at the Sheridan Correctional Center in Sheridan, Illinois. By investing in training and education, RWC and HBI are paving the way for the next generation of skilled plumbers, ensuring a bright future for the plumbing industry.

As we commemorate World Plumbing Day, let’s celebrate the invaluable contributions of plumbers to our communities and recognize the exciting career opportunities available in the plumbing trade. Whether you’re passionate about building, problem-solving or making a difference, a career in plumbing offers endless possibilities for growth and fulfillment.

Pipe Dreams: Build Your Future in Plumbing

 Contact HBI today to learn more and take the first step to start #PlumbersLife. Let’s build together!

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JOSEPH F. LANDERS
Executive Officer of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Massachusetts

Joseph F. Landers, 71, is the Executive Officer of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Massachusetts having assumed that role in 2018 with a mandate from the Board of Directors to harmonize the five MA local associations, increase communications from the state to the membership, increase the public profile of the association, create a path to financial stability and elevate the states lobbying efforts. Prior to taking on the challenging state association role, Joe was Chief Executive Officer and founder of Customized Structures Inc., a custom manufacturer of single-family, multi-family and commercial modular and panelized structures which began operations in 1984. Joe has been involved in the building industry, both site-built and factory-built, since 1973 and has worked in all phases of construction from development through design and production including on site management and sales. Customized Structures produced on average 330 single family homes per year, had an employee base as high as 180 and was known as the innovator in the production and design of modular components.

 

After the sale of Customized Structures Inc. to a private equity firm in 2003 Joe remained on the Board of Directors of the Company and functioned as a consultant to the CEO. He further took on the role of helping failing building systems companies return to profitability and successfully oversaw the sale of those companies. Mr. Landers has lectured frequently on the benefits and utilization of systems-built construction to building professionals around the country and has utilized his substantial professional and industry background to provide consultation services to both national and foreign companies interested in the processes and pitfalls of building and developing utilizing building systems components.

Joe attended Northeastern University and St. Anselm’s College graduating with a B.S. in 1972. 

Joe has been a member of the National Association of Home Builders since 1974. He is past president of two local Home Builders Associations and has served two terms as President of the  State of NH Home Builders Association. Joe is also a past president of the Modular Building  Systems Council of the NAHB, has been Chairman of the National Building Systems Council (BSC)  and has served five terms as a Trustee of the BSC during which time he created the BSC logo and  wrote the brochure “Most Frequently Asked Questions about Modular Homes”. 

In 1989, Joe received the National Pacesetter Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership  and contribution to the housing industry and in 1991 was awarded the title of Builder of the Year  by the Home Builders Association of N.H. In 1992 he was appointed by the Governor to the NH  Board of Fire Control within the Department of Safety and since then was reappointed three times.  He has served as a member on the State of New Hampshire Building Code Review Board and was  appointed by the Governor of NH to the Shore Land Protection Commission. Joe was selected to  receive the 2000 S. A. Walters Chairman’s Award, the premier award in the U.S. Systems Built  Housing Industry and was installed to the New Hampshire Housing Hall of Fame for his significant  and lasting contributions to the housing industry in the State of New Hampshire.  

Joe is a Senior Life Director of the National Association of Home Builders; he is served six terms on the NAHB Budget & Finance Committee serving as Vice Chair for four of those years, he has served  as Chairman of the Resolutions Committee, the International Housing Committee and the Building  Products Issues Committee of NAHB serving on the NAHB Executive Committee multiple times. 

In 2001 Joe was elected an Area Vice President of the National Association of Home Builders  representing builders through out the northeast. 

Joe is active in his community having served as finance chairmen of his church, is a member of the  International Order of Odd Fellows, and has served on multiple boards and committees on a  volunteer basis.  

Joe and his wife, Denise, reside in Plymouth, MA, they have two children, Jessica and Brad and two  grandchildren, Lily and Jack ages 13 and 11.

Seth Appleton
President of U.S. Mortgage Insurers

The Honorable Seth Appleton is President of U.S. Mortgage Insurers. In this role, he leads USMI’s efforts to enable sustainable access to affordable mortgage credit for borrowers while protecting taxpayers. Seth previously served as President of MISMO, the real estate finance industry’s standards organization. Prior to that, Seth served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),
a position for which he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. In addition to his service as Assistant Secretary, Seth concurrently served as the Principal Executive Vice President of Ginnie Mae, a government corporation guaranteeing the timely payment of
principal and interest on more than $2 trillion in mortgage-backed securities.


Before joining HUD, Seth worked on Capitol Hill, including serving as Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer for more than eight years. A native of Missouri, Seth is a graduate of Stanford University and is a co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Council.

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