Hunterdon County Vocational School District has honored Anne Thornton, the owner of MSI Plumbing & Remodeling in Lebanon, which provides plumbing and renovation services to residential properties and business throughout central New Jersey.
She was instrumental in the development of the carpentry program that the district offers at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women through a grant from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
For the last two years, Ms. Thornton has volunteered her time as a guest speaker at the program, where she encourages participants to obtain skills that will enhance their workforce opportunities, and also donates materials and supplies.
Ms. Thornton also encourages her own employees to enroll in the HCVSD apprenticeship programs so they can enhance their skills and gain national portable credentials, and she speaks at district apprenticeship information sessions, sharing information on current plumbing and construction trends and offering insights into what employers look for in potential employees.
Since 2015, MSI Plumbing & Remodeling has provided scholarships for HCVSD administrators, staff and students to attend the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Summit, giving them the opportunity to meet and learn from prominent business leaders from throughout the county.
Ms. Thornton was named one of the Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs in New Jersey and is the author of several books, including Anne Thornton’s Insider Guide to Home Improvement.