Don't Hire Plumbers. Grow Your Own.

In-house training is unusual in the plumbing industry, but a built-in labor pool helps this plumber combat the acute labor shortage, and keeps the plumbing trade alive.
Don't Hire Plumbers. Grow Your Own.
The Waterworks’ management includes (from left) Vice President of Industrial Operations Jim Mathews, President David Specht, Vice President of Commercial and Residential Operations John O’Connor and Restoration Division Director Jeff Foster, in front of several of their company vehicles in Columbus, Ohio.

One of the biggest challenges faced by plumbing and drain cleaning contractors such as The Waterworks in Columbus, Ohio, is a lack of qualified young workers. The bottom line: Young people are less and less interested in pursuing skilled trades as a career. 

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