RIDGID® Celebrates the Trades with Commemorative Limited Edition Calendar
“Whether it’s our latest tool or newest Calendar edition, RIDGID is always looking for innovative ways to support and represent the trades,” said Fred Pond, president of RIDGID. “Since our original Calendar launched in 1935, the industry has changed. These changes provided an opportunity to put together a commemorative calendar that is both inspirational and a source of pride for the industry.”
The Calendar will be launched on October 20 at CONNECT 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Hosted by the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC), the tradeshow and conference includes training opportunities for current and future professionals.
“For years RIDGID has been a proud supporter of PHCC and their educational programs, making their event ideal to introduce the Calendar,” said Pond. “Incorporated into the Calendar are industry insights, including a staggering statistic on the number of jobs needing to be filled in the trades in coming years. The PHCC apprentice contest, highlighted at CONNECT, is one way our industry is helping to elevate and celebrate the trades.”
In fact, some reports show as many as 3.1 million available trade jobs with an additional 2.1 million forecasted within two years, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. While analysts debate the potential effects of this perfect storm of diminishing supply and increased demand, RIDGID is looking for new ways to help attract new industry talent.
Through tool donations and monetary support to trade schools, RIDGID has been an active advocate of the trades. In 2017, the company plans to announce additional initiatives designed to help drive awareness and combat the alarming trade shortage trends.
The Calendar will be available for purchase at RIDGID.com beginning October 20.