Iconic Plumbing Brand, American Standard, and Tools & Tiaras Offer Summer Camp at Piscataway, New Jersey Company Headquarters
Aug 19, 2019
In Partnership with Tools & Tiaras, American Standard is Working to Close the Gap in Both Trade and Gender within the Plumbing Industry
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 19, 2019) – On Tuesday, August 27, American Standard, part of LIXIL Americas, will host a group of industrious female campers (girls ranging 6-16 in age) from Tools & Tiaras, an organization dedicated to advancing the interest of young girls and women who want to pursue careers in traditionally male-dominated trade professions. Through workshops and camps, Tools & Tiaras’ mission is to change the way our society views and portrays what constitutes "women work.” The alignment of the two organizations is part of LIXIL’s TradeUp effort, a program created to help shrink the growing skilled labor gap in the United States by supporting programs that inspire more people to pursue plumbing as a viable career option.
“We are committed to making a positive impact in the communities where we live and work,” said Debbie Drury, director of public affairs, LIXIL. “Knowing that plumbers protect the health of the nation, yet the number of people entering plumbing and trade crafts is on a steady decline, we believe it is our duty to support programs that encourage the pursuit of plumbing as a profession. It is particularly exciting to be partnering with Tools & Tiaras, whose purpose is to empower ambitious and determined young women to knock down the social barrier of entering these trade professions,” said Drury.
“Jobs don’t have genders,” said Judaline Cassidy, founder of Tools & Tiaras and a union plumber by profession. Presently, women represent less than 10 percent of workers in the Building Trades. “It is through our sponsors like LIXIL, that Tools & Tiaras can fulfill its vision to expose as many young women as possible to trade professions. I want them to know that professions like mine are not only normal but accepted and critically needed in the future as plumbers are vital to the health and prosperity of our communities.”
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The day will begin with a hands-on plumbing workshop led by Cassidy, where the girls will get to actively participate in a toilet bowl installation. It will be followed by a tour to provide a behind the scenes look at the research and development, plumbing innovations, and in depth look at product functionality. This educational opportunity allows the campers to see the research and technology that goes into modern day innovative plumbing and a variety of plumbing-related activities.
LIXIL is a global leader in the housing and building industry. Our unique portfolio spans everything from technologies that revolutionize how we interact with water in our daily lives, to a full lineup of products and services for housing and major architectural projects. Delivering core strengths in water, kitchen, housing, and building technologies, our brands including LIXIL, American Standard, GROHE, DXV, INAX, and Permasteelisa are leaders in the industries and regions in which they operate. LIXIL operates in more than 150 countries and employs more than 70,000 people, bringing together function, quality, and design to make people’s lives better and more delightful – wherever they are.
ABOUT TOOLS & TIARAS
Tools & Tiaras Inc is committed to advancing the interests of young girls and women who want to pursue non-traditional careers. T&T motivates young girls and women who dream of having a career in the male-dominated construction industry. We make available a community network to help young women connect with professionals, mentors and leaders in the industry thus providing the support needed at all stages of their journey.