RWC partners with HBI for plumbing training programs

Andrew Carlo
LBM Editor
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Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC), the manufacturer of premium branded push-to-connect plumbing products, valves, secondary pipe supports, fire-stopping solutions, and fluid control technologies, is partnering with Home Builders Institute (HBI)

HBI is a national leader in career training for the building and construction industry. Under terms of the partnership, RWI will serve as the exclusive trade sponsor for HBI’s 22 plumbing programs across the nation, primarily serving Job Corps students and justice-involved individuals.

The HBI programs provide students with the skills, experience and placement services they need to have a successful career while helping the trade address labor shortages. RWC will provide its products to help train students.

“We are thrilled to engage with HBI and believe this is the beginning of an important, long-lasting partnership,” said Chris Carrier, marketing director, Americas at RWC. “HBI’s ability to connect, train and place potential new talent into the trade makes them an ideal partner. Not only do we see this as an opportunity to help our trade, but also an opportunity to help the local communities that these programs are in.”

RWC said that the partnership was a natural opportunity to double down on its commitment to promote and further the plumbing trade after its Careers in Construction Month efforts, through its SharkBite and HoldRite brands, this past October.

“Our diverse product portfolio enables us to produce solutions that are designed to help plumbing contractors work more efficiently in the field,” Carrier continued. “In our conversations with them, we’ve recognized the need to help the trade address its labor challenge.”

HBI’s programs help approximately 10,000 students each year receive real life, hands-on training and find meaningful careers in the trades. HBI also provides them with job placement and transition assistance, and qualified graduates are able to enter advanced training programs to expand their education and experience.

“Home Builders Institute is proud to welcome our new partner, Reliance Worldwide Corporation,” said HBI President and CEO Ed Brady. “Together, we are training the next generation of skilled labor for the building industry. 

“In the process, they will develop customers for life as our graduates enter the industry,” Brady added. “I look forward to working with RWC and to seeing how the many resources they bring to the table will help enhance our training programs and ensure the future success of our students.”