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Nominations Are Open for MCAA’s Board of Directors

The future of MCAA is fundamentally linked to the quality of the individuals who serve on its Board of Directors. MCAA members who would like to be considered for one of five vacancies are encouraged to learn more and complete the application. Applications should be returned no later than January 14, 2022. Candidates and their spokespersons will be scheduled for interviews at the 2022 MCAA Annual Convention. Those who are selected will begin their terms in March 2022.

Nationwide Hold on Federal Contractor COVID-19 Executive Order

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia has issued a nationwide injunction blocking the federal contractor vaccine mandate. This injunction prevents the U.S. government from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on federal contractors, temporarily shutting down the vaccine requirement by the current administration. It is likely that the government will appeal.

MCAA will keep you informed as we are in the process of putting together further communications. A copy of the order is attached.

Find the Latest from Uponor, Inc. and Lochinvar, LLC in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show

MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Participating companies highlight and link to new products, product lines, services, solutions or web pages of particular interest. Here are just a few of the recent additions:

Uponor ProPEX Copper Press Adapter Installation

Uponor, Inc.
New Uponor ProPEX® Copper Press Adapters are the industry’s first PEX expansion to copper press transitions for ½” to 3″ sizes.

Lochinvar, LLC
Lochinvar, a leading manufacturer of high efficiency boilers, water heaters, pool heaters and sustainable options offers space and water heating solutions for virtually any application.

Need Something Else?

Find many more smart solutions in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show!

Speaking of Smart Solutions

Visit the Smart Solutions Case Studies area of our website to learn how other mechanical contractors found their win-win with cost-saving and productivity-enhancing applications from members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

This section of our website also includes tips and ideas to help your company save money and enhance your productivity. Don’t miss it!

Lochinvar and EMCOR Services-Betlem Partner to Provide Energy Efficiency

Lochinvar boilers installed more than 25 years ago on Finger Lakes Community College’s (FLCC’s) main campus delivered state-of-the-art high efficiency in their day, but the college needed to upgrade to meet its ambitious energy-reduction goals. EMCOR Services-Betlem recommended Lochinvar’s XRGI®25 combined heat and power system, integrated with a new KNIGHT® boiler system, to provide hot water and space heating across nearly 500,000 square feet of campus buildings—resulting in a cogeneration system that creates energy as it works.

Looking for More Smart Solutions?

Visit the Smart Solutions Case Studies area of our website! You’ll see how other mechanical contractors found their win-win with productivity-enhancing and cost-saving applications from members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Plus, you’ll find tips and ideas on other ways you and your company can save money and enhance your productivity.

23 Submissions Received for MCAA’s Student Chapter Competition

Congratulations to all who worked tirelessly on MCAA’s 2021-2022 Student Chapter Competition. Twenty-three of our student chapters submitted proposals for this year’s competition. Results will be announced in January. And of course, MCAA’s Annual Student Chapter Competition would not have been possible without the support of our competition partners. Thank you Procore, Trimble, and Ferguson for supporting MCAA’s 2021-2022 Student Chapter Competition.

Resource Highlight: MCAA’s GHS Pictograms and Hazards Poster

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s GHS (globally harmonized system) Pictograms and Hazards Poster. This poster will teach your workers to recognize the pictograms used on chemical labels and understand the hazards associated with each.

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Have Questions or Need Personal Assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Raffi Elchemmas.

THE EXECUTIVE ORDER IMPACT ON COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR FEDERAL CONTRACTORS

On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order on ensuring adequate COVID safety protocols for federal contractors. In short, the order is extensive and requires all contractors working on federally funded projects over $250,000 to comply with all guidelines provided by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (SFWTF). The order has far-reaching implications for both new and existing federally funded projects. The order is being interpreted to extend to the national electrical grid, steam lines supplying heating to buildings, and offsite mechanical equipment, not contractors simply physically on site. To date, there are over 50 federal agencies offering guidance and interpretations of the order. This advisory article intends to summarize the potential cost implications to comply with the executive order. Despite widespread legal challenges, the Biden Administration is urging businesses to align their business operations with the mandate. It is unlikely the legal challenges will eliminate all of the executive order requirements. Additionally, it most certainly will take months to settle the legal challenges and arrive at a decisive conclusion.

It is essential to understand that the Executive Order applies to businesses of all sizes servicing federal contracts (or contract-like instruments) over the $250,000. The requirement to comply is based on the flow-down provisions of a company’s contracts. The executive order likely applies if you are a prime contractor or a subcontractor working for a prime contractor on any federally funded project over the SAT (Simplified Acquisition Threshold). The list of potential additional costs to comply with the Executive Order is not necessarily exhaustive. Still, it is intended to provide the basis for equitable adjustments which are allowable under Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) as a bi-lateral change order. A sample of typical contract change order language is included in Appendix A in the full PDF version linked below.

Find the Latest from MIFAB, Inc. and Wieland Chase, LLC in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show

MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Participating companies highlight and link to new products, product lines, services, solutions or web pages of particular interest. Here are just a few of the recent additions:

MIFAB, Inc.
MIFAB’s revolutionary Quick Hub No Hub Couplings are now NSF approved! Quick Hub Couplings are much faster than traditional couplings, yet they are still held to the same high standards.

Chase Brass Eco Brass

Wieland Chase, LLC
Make sure you know what’s in your parts. Wieland Chase produces patented C69300 ECO BRASS® and C87850 ECO BRONZE® High Performance, Lead-Free Brass. Both alloys are also arsenic-free, bismuth-free and recyclable.

Need Something Else?

Find many more smart solutions in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show!

Speaking of Smart Solutions

Visit the Smart Solutions Case Studies area of our website to learn how other mechanical contractors found their win-win with cost-saving and productivity-enhancing applications from members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

This section of our website also includes tips and ideas to help your company save money and enhance your productivity. Don’t miss it!

Don’t Forget to Register for MCAA’s 19th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference

MCAA is ‘ALL IN’ for our 19th annual Safety Directors’ Conference at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, January 18-20, 2022. This conference brings together hundreds of occupational safety and health professionals, MCAA’s student chapters, MCAA local affiliate executives, United Association safety instructors, principals, owners, and others who have safety and health responsibility.

Registration is OPEN NOW! Click the button below to learn more and to register.

Marking Services Inc. Makes Hospital’s Documents Easily Accessible, Saving Money and Ensuring Regulatory Compliance

AIM Mobile Technology and Field Implementation Services from Marking Services Inc. (MSI) allow Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) to keep track of documents for thousands of facility assets—which not only helps them comply with rigorous requirements for health care institutions but also saved money by ensuring easy access to warranty information for a failing piece of equipment. The move from paper to digital helps the hospital provide care that aligns with best practices.

Looking for More Smart Solutions?

Visit the Smart Solutions Case Studies area of our website! You’ll see how other mechanical contractors found their win-win with productivity-enhancing and cost-saving applications from members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Plus, you’ll find tips and ideas on other ways you and your company can save money and enhance your productivity.

Resource Highlight: MCAA’s Electrical Hazard Safety Training Video & Materials

Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Electrical Hazard Safety Training Video and its materials. This video will teach your fitters and plumbers to recognize electrical hazards and perform their jobs safely.

Your workers will learn about:

  • The electrical concepts of path to ground and path of least resistance
  • The importance of keeping power tools and equipment in good working order
  • Ground fault circuit interruptors (GFCIs) and when they should be used
  • Hazardous work situations and how to handle them safely

The video comes with a pocket guide that highlights key training points, a training documentation sheet, a 20-question multiple choice test, and a test answer key.

Download the Video and Accompanying Materials

Video | Pocket Guide | Documentation Sheet | Test | Answer Key

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MCAA Has Service-Related Electrical Resources, Too

Have Questions or Need Personal Assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Raffi Elchemmas.

Connect With the Latest Training from MIFAB, Inc. and ATP Learning Solutions (ATP) at MCAA.org

The Manufacturer/Supplier Training area of MCAA’s website connects our contractor members with training opportunities available from the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Participating companies highlight and link to new webinars and training opportunities across their product lines, services, solutions or web pages. Here are just a few of the recent additions:

MIFAB, Inc.
Have you seen MIFAB’s Video Library? We have over 25 videos – from our Quick Hub Couplings to our MR-500 Trap Seal Primer and more! We are continuously updating our video content. Check it out!

ATP Learning Solutions (ATP)
ATP Learning Solutions offers technical expertise, instructional design, and attention to detail. We deliver high-level customized educational solutions designed to meet your training needs, using your content or ours.

Interested in More Training from Our Supplier Partners?

Be sure to visit the Manufacturer/Supplier Training area for all the latest offerings.

Find the Latest from Hilti, Inc. and LaborChart in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show

MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Participating companies highlight and link to new products, product lines, services, solutions or web pages of particular interest. Here are just a few of the recent additions:

Hilti, Inc.
Gone are the days of sitting under the anchor point and rotating the threaded rod into place. Kwik Cast Connect (KCC) anchors are ideal for contractors installing pre-assembled hanger assemblies, allowing users to push the threaded rod into the anchor for quick and easy installation.

LaborChart
LaborChart was built to simplify workforce management. We took the most common resource management solutions—spreadsheets, whiteboards and databases—and developed an all-in-one platform for contractors around the world.

Need Something Else?

Find many more smart solutions in MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show!

Speaking of Smart Solutions

Visit the Smart Solutions Case Studies area of our website to learn how other mechanical contractors found their win-win with cost-saving and productivity-enhancing applications from members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

This section of our website also includes tips and ideas to help your company save money and enhance your productivity. Don’t miss it!

MCAA Offers Materials to Prepare You in the Event the Stay on OSHA’s ETS on COVID-19 Is Lifted

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 on November 5, 2021. While the standard has been temporarily stayed by the Fifth Circuit, MCAA wants to help mechanical construction, service, and fabrication shop employers prepare in the unlikely event the stay is temporarily lifted and OSHA decides to initiative enforcement. To that end, we’ve prepared this Safety Bulletin offering a quick overview of potential impacts and a Model COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy. Both are now available free to members as a benefit of membership.

MCAA is closely monitoring the daily changes and legal challenges to the ETS and while we don’t believe the stay will be lifted anytime soon, we want you to be prepared just in case.

If you have questions, please contact Raffi Elchemmas, MCAA’s Executive Director of Safety, Health and Risk Management.

Dezincification: Breaking the 15-Percent Zinc Wall

Some technical papers and websites on brass corrosion repeat the same caution that dezincification will occur in alloys containing more than 15-percent zinc. A few will go beyond that simple statement to talk about efforts to solve this issue. The 15-percent zinc limit is generally the only thing that stays in the readers’ mind if they are trying to design a part that is in an environment that could lead to dezincification. Wieland Chase explains the processes leading to improved dezincification-resistance.

Looking for More Smart Solutions?

Visit the Smart Solutions Case Studies area of our website! You’ll see how other mechanical contractors found their win-win with productivity-enhancing and cost-saving applications from members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

Plus, you’ll find tips and ideas on other ways you and your company can save money and enhance your productivity.

Michele Hoffman Will Join the MCAA Staff

MCAA extends a warm welcome to Michele Hoffman, who will be joining the staff starting January 1, 2022. She will be MCAA’s new Director, Career Development as Megan Walsh moves back to full time responsibilities in the Events Department. Michele comes to us from MCA-Omaha, where she spent 13 years working with their local board and committees, and in event management and communications roles. During that time, she served as the Industry Advisor for the University of Nebraska Student Chapter, which was named MCAA Student Chapter of the Year in 2015, 2019, and 2020. She has been a member of MCAA’s Career Development Committee since 2018. Michele is originally from central Illinois, a graduate from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (Advertising Major), and currently resides in Omaha. MCAA is pleased to welcome Michele to the staff, and her husband Eric and their two children to the MCAA staff family.