Thank you, tradesmen
"Too seldom do we appreciate America’s tradesmen. The guys who show up when the toilet is overflowing, or the A/C quit on a 100-degree day, or the rain is pouring through the kitchen ceiling. When do we say ‘thanks’ to the tradesmen who build America and keep it running? This year, Sept. 16 is the first National Tradesmen Day. And everyone can participate.
"I respect America’s tradesmen — the men and women who work with their hands. They build our homes, roads, businesses and schools. They keep our cars running, our lights on, our water flowing and so much more. They are the backbone of our functioning nation — and that’s why they deserve a national day of recognition.
“National Tradesmen Day, to be held each year on the third Friday in September, should become a day when each one of us pauses to thank a tradesman. Whether an auto mechanic, roofer, bricklayer, plumber, electrician or carpenter — for their efforts, I am eternally grateful.
“And so is Mike Rowe of the popular TV show “Dirty Jobs.” According to Mike, ‘Because of my role on Dirty Jobs, a lot of people think I speak on behalf of America’s tradesmen. In fact, I don’t. From what I’ve seen, tradesmen don’t really need a spokesman — what they need are fans, regular people who understand the magnitude of their work, the impact of their chosen profession and the importance of their skill. As a guy addicted to heating, air conditioning, affordable electricity, solid foundations, smooth roads and indoor plumbing, I’m happy to honor our country’s skilled tradesmen on Sept. 16, and the 364 days that follow. I’d encourage anyone else who has benefited from their work to do the same.”
“Let’s celebrate National Tradesmen Day with dignity and fun. Perhaps we visit our local elementary school and explain how a job in a skilled trade is a solid, decent and admirable way to support a family. Or drop a box of doughnuts off at a job site.
“To work with one’s hands — to build something — always has been and always should be commendable. Today, we make it official. Thank you, America’s Tradesmen!”
— Ross Porter
President, Irwin Tools
Porter-Cable sponsors solar decathlon team
Towson, Md.-based Porter-Cable announced its sponsorship of the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 University of Maryland team.
Porter-Cable donated a variety of tools, including cordless and corded drills, circular saws, batteries, chargers, compressors, routers, pneumatic nailers and much more to aid in the construction of the team’s solar-powered house, which the University of Maryland team will assemble and operate during the competition.
“We’re extremely thankful for the generous tool donation provided to us by Porter-Cable,” said Brian Grieb, faculty project manager for University of Maryland. “Their tools helped our team construct the home in a timely and efficient manner. We had a tool for every need. ”
According to Grieb, the University of Maryland’s entry, WaterShed, will be on public display at Solar Decathlon 2011 at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., from Sept. 23 through Oct. 2.
WaterShed’s mission is to design a solar-powered house, inspired and guided by the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem that interconnects the house, landscape and people who live in it. Watershed is focused on harnessing solar energy to power the house, as well as tackling issues related to the stewardship of water by incorporating design elements such as constructed wetlands and grey water filtration to capture, treat and store water. Nearly 200 students from different disciplines including architecture, engineering, environmental science and technology, plant sciences and landscape architecture are participating in the development and construction of the house.