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Resource Highlight: MCAA’s Bring Your Own Device – Is It Right for Your Company?

Many employees are more comfortable using their own mobile devices on the job. MCAA’s Bring Your Own Device – Is It Right for Your Company? explores the advantages and disadvantages of a bring your own device (BYOD) policy to help mechanical contractors decide whether to adopt such a policy. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

  • Topics covered include:
  • Potential advantages of a BYOD policy
  • Potential challenges for employers
  • Financial considerations to review before adopting a BYOD policy
  • Elements of a successful BYOD policy
  • A note about the legal implications of BYOD

For a full list of available Management Methods Bulletins, visit the Management Methods Bulletins page.

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Get an Inside Look at Lexington Plumbing’s Operations at the 2022 Plumbing Service Conference

The PCA has partnered with Lexington Plumbing of Kansas City to host the 2022 PCA Plumbing Service Conference from September 14 – 15, 2022. The event, which is modeled after MCAA’s Fabrication Conference, will center around a hosted facility tour of Lexington Plumbing’s commercial plumbing service operations. Registration is now open. Space is limited to 65 participants, so don’t delay – register today!

“As plumbing contractors, we know it’s essential that we balance our operations and build out plumbing service divisions in our companies,” said Tom Axtell, President of Lexington Plumbing. “The service business doesn’t hit the same peaks and valleys as our construction side and provides our company with a steadying force to build from.” 

Lexington’s facility tour will include an in-depth case study of the company’s service operations. Attendees will be able to get answers to their questions from the people performing the tasks.  Lexington’s service operations include drain cleaning, jetting, cameras, trenchless pipe replacement, water/sewer line main breaks, leak detection, temporary hot water, backflow prevention/installation and water heaters.

In addition to the facility tour, education will be geared towards building and optimizing a plumbing service operation. Through a series of roundtable discussions and presentations, attendees will learn the differences between service operations lines and about using key performance indicators to forecast recession, acquiring service vehicles, new service technology, and recruiting.

Registration is now open for PCA, MCAA and MSCA members to attend and limited to 65 participants.

Connect With the Latest Training from Victaulic and Conex Bänninger (IBP Group, LLC) 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:

Victaulic
From one-hour seminars to full-day events, Victaulic University Continuing Education courses provide training on key industry concepts, including piping movement design, grooving and installation fundamentals, and gasket technology, as well as Victaulic HVAC and fire protection solutions. Request an instructor-led course or enroll in an online course today!

Conex Bänninger (IBP Group, LLC)
Conex Bänninger offers online training for >B< MaxiPro, the innovative, flame-free press-fit solution specially designed for ACR applications. From training courses to industry updates, you will have all you need to press ahead.

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 Morris Group International and nVent 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:

Morris Group International
Learn how vacuum plumbing can assist design professionals in addressing the need for a healthy, safe, and sustainable building design. Visit us online to learn more!

nVent CADDY Rod Lock Strut

nVent
The nVent CADDY Rod Lock Strut allows for the quick creation and installation of trapeze assemblies. The pre-cut strut is ready to use out of the box and allows for quick prefab and easy installation.

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!

Resource Highlight: MCAA’s Service Markups vs. Construction Markups

Markups provide funds to cover overhead costs, a fair and reasonable profit, and some cushion in case estimated costs are exceeded. MCAA’s Service Markups vs. Construction Markups discusses the elements of a job estimate that may be considered for markups. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

The bulletin covers:

  • How overhead differs between service and construction contractors
  • The role of markups in providing a return on investment
  • Risk factors, and how they differ between service and construction contractors

For a full list of available Management Methods Bulletins, visit the Management Methods Bulletins page.

Have Questions or Need Personal Assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Frank Wall.

Find the Latest from SLOAN and Reliance Worldwide Corporation 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:

SLOAN
Hygiene Beyond the Restroom – Sloan launches new innovation designed to explore space modifications to integrate handwashing as a permanent part of design infrastructure in commercial spaces. For more information, contact Sloan at: 800-982-5839 or customer.service@sloan.com.

Reliance Worldwide Corporation
HoldRite celebrates its 40th anniversary of plumbing innovation. From its inception four decades ago, the brand has spent each day in the field engaging customers and solving job-site challenges to create efficient, safe solutions.

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!

Tolin Mechanical Improves Business, Increases Transparency With XOi Vision

Tolin Mechanical of Denver, CO, adopted the XOi Vision app to streamline data capture and communication among its technicians and customers, improving customer satisfaction, decision making, and repeat business. Tolin is a full-service facility management company that works with commercial, industrial, institutional, and government organizations to maintain safe, healthy, and energy-efficient building operations.

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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.

VISIT SMART SOLUTIONS

Resource Highlight: MCAA’s Contractor’s Equipment: A Guide to Better Security

The layout of a construction job site and its corresponding security plan often make the difference between controlling losses and suffering costly thefts. MCAA’s Contractor’s Equipment: A Guide to Better Security provides general guidelines for improving security. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

In addition, the bulletin includes advice on construction theft from law enforcement officials.

For a full list of available Management Methods Bulletins, visit the Management Methods Bulletins page.

Have Questions or Need Personal Assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Frank Wall.

Find the Latest from Morris Group International and Winsupply 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:

Morris Group International
Acorn Controls® products are factory tested & guaranteed to work right out of the box, ensuring your tempered water needs are met. Learn more about Acorn Controls long-lasting satisfaction and safety!

Winsupply
Because we bring national buying strength to local support directly to you.

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!

Nashville Machine Company Conquers Tough Task With Lochinvar’s Flexible, Efficient Products

Nashville Machine Company took on the complicated task of removing and replacing an aging water heating system so large it would not fit through the mechanical room doors. Installing a new system from Lochinvar went smoothly thanks to the flexibility of the Lochinvar products, which also promised excellent energy efficiency, making them the ideal choice for the project.

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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.

VISIT SMART SOLUTIONS

Find the Latest from Milwaukee Valve Company, LLC and eVolveMEP 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:

Milwaukee Valve The Insulator/MS

Milwaukee Valve Company, LLC
INSULATOR/MS® from Milwaukee Valve is the only insulating ball valve handle that does it all – controls condensation, has reliable memory stop, and saves time since there’s no need to disassemble for adjustments.

eVolveMEP
eVolveMEP is the Southeast’s premier Autodesk software reseller, providing design technology planning, training, mentoring, and solutions to help clients improve project performance and workflows.

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!

PypeServer Software Saves A&R Mechanical Hours Every Day

A&R Mechanical Contractors, Inc. credits PypeServer software with dramatically improving efficiency in its fabrication shop; pipe cutting tasks that used to take hours can now be done in 10 minutes or less. Justin Powers, A&R’s virtual design and construction (VDC) and fabrication business unit manager, oversees work across the spectrum from contract award to field installation. He described his company’s typical workflow and tools and the impact of integrating PypeServer software.

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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.

VISIT SMART SOLUTIONS

Resource Highlight: MCAA’s Doing Business with a Customer in Bankruptcy

When a customer files bankruptcy, mechanical contractors face legal and other pitfalls that may affect their business relationship with that customer. MCAA’s Doing Business with a Customer in Bankruptcy reviews each of these to help contractors preserve relationships and protect their  bottom line. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

Topics covered include:

  • Bankruptcy basics
  • Administrative claims for post-bankruptcy sales
  • Continuing to do business with the Chapter 11 debtor
  • Bankruptcy of a general contractor during the job
  • Bond and mechanic’s lien protection
  • Preferential transfers
  • When to consult with legal counsel
  • Other considerations

For a full list of available Management Methods Bulletins, visit the Management Methods Bulletins page.

Have Questions or Need Personal Assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Frank Wall.

Connect With the Latest Training from Mueller Industries, Inc.​ and XOi Technologies 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:

Mueller Industries, Inc.
Streamline® PRS Copper Press Fittings | Installation Instructions Watch this video to learn about the installation process of the Streamline® PRS Copper Press Fittings.

XOi Technologies
XOi’s holistic communication tool changes the way field service companies do business by leveraging photos, videos, and smart technology to bring efficiency, transparency, and expertise to every job. In this microlearning series, you will see examples of how to automate tech checklists, learn the benefits of internal job documentation, and find some helpful preventative maintenance videos to reference.

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 Conex Bänninger (IBP GROUP LLC) and A.O. Smith 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:

Conex Bänninger (IBP GROUP LLC)
Benefiting from over 100 years’ experience in fittings manufacture and over two decades experience in press system design, >B< MaxiPro is set to revolutionize pipe jointing in air conditioning and refrigeration applications. The >B< MaxiPro range is brought to you by Conex Bänninger, a specialist in providing high quality fittings, valves and accessories across the globe.

A.O. Smith
A. O. Smith’s Cyclone® XL commercial gas water heater operates at 1 million BTU/hour with a smaller footprint than two current Cyclone 500,000 BTU/hr units. A 750,000 BTU/hr Cyclone XL model is also available. The new models feature a unique dual stainless-steel heat exchange system, providing a two-step heat transfer process that delivers thermal efficiencies of 97%. Intelligent Demand Response automatically adjusts the differential set point to increase availability of hot water during large demand periods. www.hotwater.com

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!

Advice from Ridge Tool Company: Look for Tools That Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder

In today’s high-tech world, when people talk about tool timesavers they tend to focus on the latest Bluetooth technology or the newest gadget. Yet, technology is not the only way to cut down time on a jobsite: tools that allow you to work smarter, not harder, can help any professional get to the next jobsite more effectively and efficiently.

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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.

VISIT SMART SOLUTIONS

Resource Highlight: MCAA’s Avoiding Potential Liability from Employees’ Use of Company Vehicles

Companies that let employees use company vehicles may face liability should an accident occur. MCAA’s Avoiding Potential Liability from Employees’ Use of Company Vehicles describes the most common types of liabilities and offers tips to help reduce them. It’s just one of MCAA’s educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership.

The bulletin covers:

  • Vicarious liability
  • Negligent hiring or retention
  • Negligent lending of a vehicle
  • Negligent maintenance of a vehicle

For a full list of available Management Methods Bulletins, visit the Management Methods Bulletins page.

Have Questions or Need Personal Assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Frank Wall.

Connect With the Latest Training from SLOAN and FastEST, Inc. 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:

SLOAN
The American Disabilities Act (ADA) offered a pathway to build public spaces, including commercial restrooms with very specific fixtures that are “ADA-compliant.” Learn what the term means and how you can build and manage restroom accessibility for the needs of diverse building occupants.

FastEST, Inc.
Included with every purchase or lease, FastEST Estimating Software provides online training with one of our experienced team members. Our customer service team is available 24/7 for training and any support you may need! For those who are wanting a more in-depth and hands on training experience, we are hopeful that by mid-year we will start our regional training classes back up. In the meantime please visit our website and the help section of our program for tutorial videos.

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 Morris Group International and Procore Technologies, Inc. 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:

Morris Group International
Complete jobs faster with fewer installers with Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.® Labor Saving products. Sign up for a webinar consultation today to learn more!

Procore Technologies, Inc.
Procore Safety Certification
Safety matters. Now more than ever. Go beyond OSHA regs and PPE to help you and your team stay safe – during and after a crisis – with a free Procore Safety Certification.

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!

Learn About the Next Evolution of Infrastructure from Our Clean Energy: Geothermal Energy Exchange Webinar

Thermal Energy or Clean Energy is the reduction or elimination of carbon dioxide from energy sources. For example, heat pumps are a clean energy source for water heating and comfort cooling and heating. A heat pump water heater captures heat from the surrounding air and transfers it to the water inside the tank. Moving the heat instead of generating heat allows the system to operate more efficiently. This type of work is the everyday work of MCAA contractors.

Installing and servicing heat pumps will lead to significant state and federal financial incentives such as rebates, tax credits, loans, grants, and more. MCAA members are in the unique position to help reduce the carbon footprint of any city or state.

MCAA President Robert M. Bolton will be joined by subject matter expert on geothermal HVACR technologies, Jay Egg. Egg began a career in mechanical design engineering & contracting. As an expert consultant, Jay sits on several technical code committees internationally; notably the technical committee for the IAPMO Uniform Mechanical Code. Jay has co-authored two McGraw-Hill Textbooks focused on geothermal HVAC technologies, and continues to write curriculum and lecture on the merits of Clean Heating and Cooling technologies. 

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This webinar aired May 19, 2022 at 1 p.m. EST