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PMI Names Len Swatkowski as Technical Director.

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June 20, 2011 - Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) appointed Len Swatkowski as technical director. In his new position, Swatkowski will analyze and report proposed code and standard changes; maintain and manage relationships with PMI members, certification agencies, and industry peers; as well as represent PMI at industry meetings. PMI executive director noted Swatkowski's consensus building capabilities, technical background, and trade association experience to be valuable assets.

Plumbing Manufacturers International - Rolling Meadows, IL

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PMI Names Technical Director

Press release date: June 16, 2011

Rolling Meadows, Illinois -- Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) announces the appointment of Len Swatkowski as technical director. Most recently, Swatkowski was a program manager for Jarden Consumer Solutions in Boca Raton, Fla., where he directed the U.S. and Asian staff in the completion of numerous projects contributing to the home environment segment. During the 1990s, Swatkowski spent a decade in an executive technical role for the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) in Chicago, before the organization relocated to Washington, D.C. In his new position, Swatkowski will be responsible for analyzing and reporting proposed code and standard changes, maintaining and managing effective relationships with PMI members, certification agencies and industry peers and representing PMI at various industry meetings. "We are delighted to welcome Len to PMI," commented Barbara C. Higgens, PMI's executive director. "Over the past months, we carefully evaluated a number of talented candidates for the position, each with a variety of skill sets. Len was the clear standout as he brings with him a unique blend of consensus building capabilities and an excellent technical background together with industry trade association experience." Previously, Swatkowski held engineering management positions for a number of consumer product manufacturing companies including Whirlpool Corporation. He continues to serve on the Engineering Advisory Board of APPLIANCE magazine, as he has since 1998. Swatkowski holds M.B.A., M.S.M.E.T. and B.S.M.E.T. degrees from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. Swatkowski and his wife Betty are in the process of relocating to the northwest suburbs of Chicago from Boca Raton. They are the parents of two grown children and grandparents of a granddaughter. About PMI: 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 world's plumbing products. For more information on PMI, contact the association at 1921 Rohlwing Road, Unit G, Rolling Meadows, IL, 60008; tel.: 847-481-5500; fax: 847-481-5501. Visit PMI Mission Statement:
  • To promote the water efficiency, health, safety, quality and environmental sustainability of plumbing products, while maximizing consumer choice and value in a fair and open marketplace.
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of information and industry education.
  • To represent openly the members' interests and advocate for sound environmental and public health policies in the regulatory/legislative processes.
  • To enhance the plumbing industry's growth and expansion. Contacts:
    Barbara C. Higgens, executive director, Plumbing Manufacturers International,, 847-481-5500 Heather West, media contact,, 612-724-8760
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