Manufacturer’s Industry Forward™ Charitable Giving Program Provides Strategic Funding and the Donation of 10 Heat Pump Water Heaters to Support Workforce Development and Low-Income Relief Program ECA
AMBLER, Pa., October 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Bradford White Corporationa leading U.S. manufacturer of water heaters, boilers and storage tanks, today announced a $30,000 grant and the donation of 10 AeroTherm® 65 gallon heat pump water heaters to Pennsylvania Energy Coordination Agency (ECA).
The grant, which is part of Bradford White’s The Industry Forward™ initiative supporting workforce development and public awareness of careers in the plumbing and HVAC industry, will directly benefit ECA’s Philadelphia Youth Pathways to Clean Energy Careers program, which introduces low-income minority students to clean energy career paths. The program provides 100 hours of classroom and hands-on experience for students in five possible careers, including commercial HVAC installation, HVAC maintenance and repair, and pumped water heater installation and service. heat. The program will sharpen their technical skills, help them acquire the necessary credentials and progress them towards placement.
As part of this Workforce Education Grant, Bradford White Training Experts will lend their year-round expertise to ECA staff and students by providing in-person and online training to deepen their knowledge and complement the education offered by ECA.
“The skilled trades offer a variety of rewarding career opportunities that many emerging job seekers are unaware of,” said Rebecca Owenscommunications manager for Bradford White. “These jobs offer competitive salaries and benefits, career growth, job security and satisfaction. We are proud to partner with ECA and advance their work to ensure that students from all backgrounds have full access to these potentially life-changing opportunities.”
ECA also received 10 Bradford White AeroTherm® heat pump water heaters, which were delivered by Rich-Tomkins, a manufacturer representative for the company. Two units will be used in the ECA Heat Pump Training Lab and eight will be donated to eligible families through the Philadelphia Water Heater Emergency Fund. The heat pump lab will expand its efforts to train local residents on this product, enabling them to prepare for future conversions to this energy-efficient technology in Philadelphia.
“It is a privilege to associate with Bradford Whitethe industry leader on this technology, and to receive this generous support from their Industry Forward program,” said Steve Luxton, Managing Director, ECA. These funds will give underserved Philadelphians the skills they need to install AeroTherms and open doors to well-paying plumbing and HVAC jobs. Every week we get calls from low income seniors and families living without hot water. This support will help meet this need and, at the same time, help the city achieve its electrification goals.”
For more information on Bradford White Corporation’s Industry Forward™ initiative, visit https://www.bradfordwhitecorporation.com/giving/.
About Bradford White Corporation
Bradford White Corp. is a manufacturer of a full line of residential, commercial and industrial water heating, space heating, combination heating and storage products. The company has its registered office at Ambler, Pennsylvaniaand has manufacturing facilities in Middleville, MI; Niles, MI; and Rochester, New Hampshire; and distribution and training centers Halton Hills, ON, Canada. For more information, visit www.bradfordwhitecorporation.com.
About Industry Forward™
Industry Forward™ is Bradford White’s signature charitable giving program. Through this initiative, the company provides grants to eligible organizations to educate the public about the importance and value of the plumbing and HVAC industry, including skilled trades, manufacturing and distribution. By aligning resources and investing in key programs, Bradford White positively impacts communities to help build a stronger, more sustainable future for all.
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