NOVI, MI - Plumbers from across the U.S. gathered in Michigan recently to meet with BrassCraft Manufacturing Company. The forum focused on the impending 2014 nation-wide no-lead legislation and its impact on the plumbing industry.

The new federal no-lead legislation, Federal Public Law 111-380, prohibits the sale of plumbing fixtures with a wetted surface area containing more than a weighted average of 0.25% lead. This law virtually eliminates the lead content of pipes, pipe fittings and fixtures intended to convey or dispense water for drinking or cooking.  The plumbers learned what products are affected by the new law, how products will be marked, and how to avoid obsolete inventories prior to the January 4, 2014 effectivity date.

Discussions were also held on the importance of American manufacturing and the value of American-made products.  “The Plumbers’ Forum proves out research that the “Made in America” label carries a serious competitive advantage”, said Jeff Jollay, Vice President, Marketing and Product Development. Jollay went on to say, “For over 65 years, our water connectors, water stops, gas connectors, and appliance connectors have been designed in the USA, machined at our plants in Lancaster, TX, Corona, CA, and Thomasville, NC, and assembled by our American work force. Information gained from these Plumbers’ Forums validates our commitment to quality, innovation, and customer service.”

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