Roger Peugeot speaks at the Get the Lead Out Plumbing Consortium press conference Nov. 9 in suburban Chicago. Photo credit: Plumbing Manufacturers International

The Get the Lead Out Consortium held a press conference Nov. 9 at Plumbing Manufacturers International’s headquarters in Rolling Meadows, Ill., to state its message of education and assistance for wholesalers, manufacturers and contractors on the federal lead-free law, which takes effect January 2014.Roger Peugeot, vice chair of the PHCC Educational Foundation and owner of Roger the Plumber in Kansas City, Mo., said the consortium will take its message on the road, including going to major wholesaler events.

Watts Water Technologies Director of MarketingGreg Gyordaadded that on the micro-level, each manufacturer member has made its own plans on how to get plumbing wholesalers up to speed, but the consortium is drafting its own guidelines on the macro-level for the industry.

“We’ve come together to create a common message and a common set of educational tools to provide the industry to ensure we’re all moving together to flush out that inventory in a timely matter,” he said.

The consortium includes manufacturers BrassCraft, Legend Valve, Milwaukee Valve, NIBCO, Reliance Worldwide, Viega and Watts Water Technologies, as well as representatives of ASA, ASPE, IAPMO, ICC, PHCC, the PHCC Educational Foundation and PMI.