What’s New

During the negotiation process of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at the end of 2017, the tax credit for R&D spending was temporarily removed. Fortunately, MCAA and others worked hard to ensure that, the final bill re-inserted the language for the Research Tax Credit (“RTC”) and made changes that potentially increase the Credit by more than 20%. Learn about how MCAA members are taking advantage of these tax credits on BIM design, change orders and estimates.

Make sure your service techs have the up-to-date safety training they need to protect themselves from arc flash and electrical shock hazards while working on equipment pushing 480 volts or less. The session covers all applicable OSHA requirements, NFPA 70E-2018 provisions, best practices, and real-world accident information.

In this fifth Plumbing Service 101 webinar series, Operations Part 1, we will explore the key personnel and organizational structure required to establish, sell, and grow a viable plumbing services division.

Get Profitable Results and Improve Performance with MSCA’s Sales Basecamp!

Have you recently added new staff to your sales team? Does your service sales team member need a refresher course? If your answer is “Yes”, register them now for MSCA Sales Basecamp, February 5-6 to be held in Phoenix, AZ. Sign up now before the class is full!

Coming Soon – A New Way for Women Professionals to Connect at MCAA & MSCA

MCAA and MSCA are hard at work putting together a new and free benefit of membership for the women executives and employees of our member companies. Our new forum will enable women in the mechanical industry to further enrich their careers through networking, educational, mentoring and career development opportunities beyond those already offered through membership in MCAA and MSCA. We’ll kick things off with a networking reception and special workshop at MCAA18. Keep an eye on mcaa.org for more information…coming soon!

James Benham from JBKnowledge will host a webinar to share findings from the MCAA sponsored 2017 Construction Technology Report. The year-end report offers insight on hardware, software and practices for MCAA members and the construction industry as a whole.

Elevate Your Service Supervisor’s Leadership Skills by Signing Them Up for MSCA Field Supervisors Training: Growing and Developing Service Supervisors! Your Service Field Supervisor plays a key role that directly impacts your bottom line. This program is focused training designed specifically for improving the performance of service field supervisors.

Dick Starr, past MSCA chair and controls innovator, is interviewed in the current issue of Contracting Business magazine! Read the insightful article, “The CB Interview: Dick Starr” by clicking the button below!

2018 Regional Training Course Catalog Now Available

The 2018 Regional Training Course Catalog is now available! UA Training Department is offering HVACR industry courses in an agreement with the following major HVACR manufacturers through the 2018 Regional Training System: Carrier Corporation, Daikin and Johnson Controls.

MSCA Connect DATELINE December 2017

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MCAA President Greg Fuller Tells You All About MCAA18 in Just 30 Seconds!

MCAA CEO John Gentille recently challenged MCAA President Greg Fuller to put together a compelling video that would convince everyone to go ALL IN at MCAA18 this March 25-29 at the beautiful JW Marriott Hill Country resort in San Antonio. He had only 30 seconds. See what you think! Online registration remains open through our MCAA18 website, and for you procrastinators, we’ve extended the early-bird cutoff a week, to January 12th!

MSCA CONNECT 2017 is featured in the current issue of the NEWS, the HVACR Contractor’s Weekly Newsmagazine! Under the title, “MSCA Connect – Where Everybody Knows a Trade”, the article is a well-written summary of our action-packed, education-filled, exciting and fun four-day conference! Read all about it by clicking the button below!

Contracting Business Magazine features MSCA CONNECT 2017’s Preventive Maintenance session in their latest article about how the value for preventive HVAC maintenance continues to be a popular topic at industry events. David Bavisotto, MSCA board of managers past chair; Steve Smith, MSCA board of managers treasurer; and Jon Finch, vice president, training and recruiting, Milwaukee Tools are highlighted in the article. 

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

MSCA Sales Institute is the first and only focused training program specific to service sales in the HVACR industry. Sales Leadership Symposium is on January 29-30 and and Sales Basecamp is on February 5-6, 2018 so sign up now!

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

MCAA’s new worker safety training video, Workplace Violence Prevention and Protection, and its accompanying materials are now available to members. The video teaches viewers to identify warning signs and take appropriate action to prevent workplace violence. It also shows viewers how to protect themselves and others if they find themselves in an active workplace violence situation.

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

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

Emily Murphy has been unanimously confirmed by the Senate as Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). As GSA Administrator, Murphy will lead a workforce of 11,600 full-time employees and oversee more than 371 million rentable square feet of property and approximately $54 billion in annual contracts. Murphy is the daughter of MCAA past president Jim Murphy and Mimi Murphy.

Anderson, Rowe & Buckley (AR&B) deployed MobiliForms from iBusiness Technologies, cutting labor costs and going paperless painlessly. “Our 100+ field techs are shaving time each day, and I’ve personally recaptured eight hours per week,” said Darin Sheridan, HVAC superintendent, who is tasked with overseeing the solution.

Your business provides the highest quality mechanical, service and plumbing services to all commercial establishments in your market area…but are you getting the word out? With help from MCAA’s Management Methods Bulletins, your company could be the first one called when a project or service is needed.

MCAA’s Hazard Communication Safety Training Video will help your workers protect themselves from chemical hazards in the workplace. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Your generous donations to the MCAA Disaster Relief Fund and the UA Charitable Trust made a real difference in the lives of 360 MCAA and UA family members whose homes and cars were destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Harvey. This video will allow you to see and hear directly from some Harvey victims as to just how much your generosity meant to them.

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

MCAA’s Fire Safety Training Video will teach your workers to recognize common causes of jobsite fires and how to prevent them. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

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

MCAA’s Workplace Distractions Safety Training Video will help your workers recognize and avoid the most common industry-related workplace distractions. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Many thanks to all who attended and made MSCA CONNECT 2017 the best attended and the most successful MSCA conference to date. To those who were unable to attend this year, here’s a peek at what you missed and a good snapshot of what’s to come for MSCA CONNECT 2018.

Staying on top of your company’s finances can be challenging, especially during periods of economic volatility. With that in mind, MCAA’s Management Methods Committee produced bulletins that address the most critical accounting and financial issues facing your business.

MCAA’s Ladder Safety Training Video will show your workers how to inspect, transport, set up and use ladders safely. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

One of the highlights of MSCA CONNECT 2017 was the appointment of Jaimi Lomas as the first female chairman of the MSCA Board of Managers.

This is a great time of year to evaluate your company’s fleet safety program. Doing so can help you ensure that the program is effectively protecting affected workers and that your company is benefiting from the most current safe work practices and technologies. 

MSCA and Convoy of Hope Video Highlights at the Palm Beach County Food Bank in Boca Raton, Florida. With HOPE anything is POSSIBLE.

MCAA’s Radio Frequency Radiation Exposure and Protection Safety Training Video will teach your mechanical service technicians how to identify sources of RF radiation and protect themselves from overexposure. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

MSCA and Convoy of Hope in the News! With HOPE anything is POSSIBLE.

Last Chance to Register for MCAA’s Technology Conference

Don’t miss your chance to attend the MCAA Tech Conference, the best place to learn about the latest tools and processes shaping the industry.

Announcing the winners of MSCA’s Social Media Survey! Congrats to the 10 winners who won – just for completing the one minute Social Media Survey! Many thanks to all who responded to the survey for your valuable feedback!

“Despite being on the executive board of my school’s MCAA Chapter, I still didn’t fully appreciate what it is actually like to work for a mechanical contractor until this presentation. The “A Day in the Life of Ted” video was an excellent view as to what makes your section of the industry different than a typical building contractor.” That was one student’s reaction to the video at MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum.

Click and CONNECT with DATELINE, MSCA’s monthly newsletter! What you need to know to catch up on the latest news and information and all things – MSCA. See you all in Boca Raton, FL for the MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference in October!

Small ideas can make a big difference to your company. The MCAA Technology Conference is an event that doesn’t just provide a few small takeaways, but a wealth of ideas that can be applied across your business. Technology is providing so many new tools, processes and software that even the most established contractors are having a hard time keeping up. The MCAA Tech Conference is your crash course on the latest tech trends in the industry and how other contractors are taking advantage of them.

MCAA student chapter members have been challenged to plan a project involving the renovation of the mechanical systems of a Brazilian restaurant in mid-town New York City—Fogo De Chao Steakhouse. The project, which was provided by Arista Air Conditioning Corporation, was announced during MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum in Indianapolis. Members of MCAA’s Career Development Committee will review the teams’ proposals and select the “final four” to present their proposals at the MCAA 2018 convention in San Antonio in March.

The UA/MCAA Labor Relations Conference will be held at The Mirage in Las Vegas, November 14-15. The theme of this year’s Labor Relations Conference will be “Highlighting Best Practices.” Want to join us? It’s still not too late to make your hotel reservation.

Do you want to control your workday clock, improve time management for yourself, your team and your organization? Then you won’t want to miss Jason Sturgeon’s time management education session on October 18 at MSCA CONNECT 2017!

If you missed Plumbing Service 101, Cash is King, no worries! It is now available in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

Are you attending the MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference? If so, you can now sign up for the Roundtable Peer Group Forums you would like to attend at the conference! Sign up for your Peer Group Forum choices today before your session is full and no longer available!

We, at MSCA want to extend our heartfelt thoughts, prayers and support to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey including members, MCA affiliated chapters, suppliers, local unions and friends. We hope that all our friends at the Sales Institute, University of Houston, Houston, Texas are safe and sound.

Now that we have most of 2017 in the rear view mirror and are looking forward to 2018, what do we know and how will this information affect the mechanical service industry? You won’t want to miss Dr. Kuehl’s informative education session on October 17 at MSCA CONNECT 2017!

Dr. Rao, a highly rated MCAA ALI presenter and Babson Executive programs instructor, shares how embracing innovation will enable us to implement new technologies into areas of our business for sustainability, stability and growth. Don’t miss Dr. Rao’s education session on October 17 at MSCA CONNECT 2017!

MSCA recently released an electronic version of its newly revised Safety Manual for Mechanical Service Technicians. It is now available in print. The manual includes substantive revisions to sections on CPR, choking, OSHA, arc flash and electrical shock protection, and refrigerants, and new sections on hexavalent chromium, manganese, noise and zinc.

The MCAA and the UA have teamed up to provide additional financial relief to 357 field and office employees of our South Texas members who were victimized by Hurricane Harvey. Each employee is receiving a $500 relief check, with half coming from the MCAA Disaster Relief Fund and half from the UA’s Charitable Trust. This is in addition to the $1,000 relief check each employee already received from MCAA’s Disaster Relief Fund. Here’s the reaction of one of CFI Mechanical’s employees: “Chuck, once again I am floored by the generosity of others. Today I received a second check for disaster aide from the MCAA along with the UA Charitable Trust. Together with their members, they raised more to assist flood victims. This will help while waiting for the insurance company to decide what might or might not be covered. I have never been more proud to be a plumber for a union contractor that is so active in MCAA. Thank you again for your generosity!”

Congratulations to everyone at MCAA member West Chester Mechanical of Aston, Pennsylvania for being named Plumbing & Mechanical’s 2017 Mechanical Contractor of the Year!

MCAA 2017 Tech Conference includes focus on service. The conference is to be held November 8-10, 2017 at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas.
 
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Values-based companies are built for growth and have employees who manage and motivate themselves. Robert Richman shares stories of the strength of the core values at Zappos.com then shares the science behind why they work so well. Don’t miss Robert’s education session on October 17 at MSCA CONNECT 2017!

Learn to embrace your complainers and turn negative, impossible situations into positive, possible solutions! Don’t miss Jay Baer’s Education Session, Hug Your Haters at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

Get your staff invested in your business decision making! Don’t miss Julie Williamson’s Education Session, Bringing The Possible to Life: Influencing Decisions Across Your Business at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

Most in the HVAC industry know all about the commissioning process but a new resurgence of retrocommissioning is making a comeback in the HVACR industry. Thom Brazel and Dick Starr, both former MSCA Chairman of the Board of Managers, are featured in a recent article about retrocommissioning in The News.

Egan Company installed the MobileTech solution from KEY2ACT, slashing billing time and eliminating time-consuming paperwork. Chris Yelle, Egan’s service operations manager, estimated that Egan will see its return on investment (ROI) within 18 months of implementing MobileTech, which connects field staff to the back office, providing instant access to the information and enabling both sides to easily manage service calls and appointments.

Click and CONNECT with DATELINE, MSCA’s monthly newsletter! What you need to know to catch up on the latest news and information and all things – MSCA. Don’t forget to register for MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference to be held in Boca Raton, FL, October 15-18!

This week’s Speaker Highlight is UA’s Mark McManus! He will speak on October 16th at our Opening Celebration at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017 in Boca Raton, FL.

With their new Jonas Construction Software, Harrell-Fish Inc. (HFI) is now able to turn around billings about five days quicker, improving their cash flow in the process. They have also reduced their payroll processing time from about four hours a month spread out across three employees to about an hour only with Jonas.

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

This week’s Highlight is our One-Day Optional Bonus Program, Managing Your People Profits, on Sunday, October 15th from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

Members have access to a full-featured digital version of our Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide. This online version enhances the look and feel of our printed directory with digital-only benefits.

Knowing when to service or replace aging plumbing equipment is critical to maintaining a clean, operational commercial restroom. Like regularly changing the oil in your car, consistent preventive maintenance helps avoid critical, costlier repairs down the road.

Come learn about the latest HVACR and plumbing products and services on Supplier Partnership Day at our Exhibitor’s Display on October 16, 2017. The MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference will be held October 15-18, 2017 in Boca Raton, FL at the Boca Raton Resort and Club!

If you missed Plumbing Service 101, Finding and Developing Great Plumbing Techs, no worries! It is now available in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

Have you registered your crucial service dispatchers for MSCA Dispatchers Professional Development Training Program, September 18-19, 2017, in Dallas, TX? This class is almost SOLD OUT so register now to ensure that your service dispatchers are well-prepared to effectively perform their role!

Don’t miss Emmy-nominated Actor, Voice Actor, Accomplished Screenwriter, Director, Producer and Author — John Ratzenberger who will speak at October 18th’s Closing Session at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

This week’s conference highlight is Tech Demos! Come join us at the registration area for demonstrations and display of all things Tech from October 16-18, 2017 at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

This week’s Sneak Peek is Mick Ebeling, Founder of Not Impossible Labs, who is scheduled to speak on October 17th’s General Session at MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, 2017.

For the eighth consecutive year, MSCA and Convoy of Hope will work together to assist a local charitable organization, this year in Boca Raton at the Palm Beach County Food Bank, during MSCA 2017 Education Conference to be held this October 15-18. We need your help in reaching our minimum donation goal of $50,000 to assist Convoy’s Children’s Feeding Initiatives.

Click and CONNECT with DATELINE, MSCA’s monthly newsletter! What you need to know to catch up on the latest news and information and all things – MSCA.

A Sneak Peak at the MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference Opening Session with guest speaker Vinh Giang who will demonstrate how your beliefs dictate your actions and in order to achieve “The Possible,” you must first break down what you think is impossible.

In this third Plumbing Service 101 webinar series, Finding and Developing Great Plumbing Service Technicians, you will learn about the important traits to look for in your recruiting efforts and the skills needed for success.

MSCA CONNECT 2017 Education Conference, to be held October 15-18, is four days packed with networking, interaction and engagement! The conference theme for 2017 is “The Possible”!

Click and CONNECT with DATELINE, MSCA’s monthly newsletter! What you need to know to catch up on the latest news and information and all things – MSCA.

If you missed the February or April Plumbing Service 101 webinars, you can access them in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

Distracted driving is a growing concern, especially for mechanical construction and service employers. Fortunately, MCAA and its long-time partner in safety CNA have produced resources that will help you address this concern in your own companies.

Mechanical Service Contractors of America is pleased to announce its much anticipated Plumbing Service 101 webinar series and workbooks! Each webinar and workbook module will focus on a key facet of operating a successful plumbing service business. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

Last Sales Basecamp course offered for 2017! Register for MSCA Sales Basecamp for your new or entry-level service sales staff. The program will be held May 1-2 in Philadelphia, PA.

MSCA releases a Field Service Software Report to help members evaluate, understand and select service software. The report is the fourth in the MCAA Technology Research Series developed by JBKnowledge.

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On January 23rd, President Trump held a White House meeting with UA General President Mark McManus and other leaders of the Building Trades. On January 24th, President Trump signed Executive Orders to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.

New HVACR chiller training courses are now being offered by the United Association Training Department in conjunction with Carrier Corporation and Johnson Controls through the 2017 Regional Training System. These courses will be taught by authorized factory instructors, incorporating manufacturer specific curriculum, and have limited availability. Admittance into each course is subject to registration policies by each participating manufacturer.

MSCA’s Service Managers Training Program is now open for registration. This popular program will be held March 27 – 30, 2017 in Baltimore, MD.

MSCA 2016 Conference inspired all that attended with amazing speakers, big news, great camaraderie, an awesome exhibitor display and even fireworks!

For the seventh consecutive year, MSCA and Convoy of Hope work together to assist a local charitable organization in Phoenix during the recent MSCA conference thanks to our volunteers and donations from our members.

MSCA announces a new era! MSCA CONNECT is now your go-to resource to build connections and valuable relationships within all facets of the service industry.

MCAA has released the 2016-2017 edition of its Tool and Equipment Rental Guide. The guide puts the latest comprehensive cost recovery information for commonly used tools and equipment at your fingertips. The guide is free as a member benefit.

If you are considering hiring an intern for this summer and you haven’t yet lined up candidates, go to MCAA’s career website, MCAAGreatFutures.org. Over 200 resumes of well-qualified students from across the U.S. and Canada are posted and they’re eager to work for a mechanical, mechanical service or plumbing contractor to learn the business.

MCAA has just made available its Safety Bulletin with information about the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) revised recordkeeping rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. The revised rule requires affected employers to electronically submit, annually, specified occupational injury and illness information directly to the agency. The bulletin provides information on key

James Benham presented the results of an MCAA – JBK Labs research comparative analysis of 3D scanning technology in the first of a multi-part webinar series on construction technology on April 7, 2016.

The OSHA standards courses listed on our website are now available online at a 20% discount, as a benefit of MCAA/MSCA membership. MCAA teamed up with ClickSafety to provide these top quality online courses. Learn More

The revised rule now allows service technicians to perform their tasks without fall prevention or protection systems, but only under specified conditions.

The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) is again making available Student Internship Grants to all MCAA members who hire college students majoring in a discipline related to mechanical contracting. The grants are for $1,000, and MCAA members are eligible to apply for up to two grants during 2017.

EPA makes changes to the National Recycling and Emissions Reduction Program regarding the handling, use and sale of ozone depleting substances.

An MSCA original – Sales Masters is the only service sales program available in our industry that is mechanical service industry specific. Sales Masters is now open for registration. Limited spaces available so don’t miss out and sign up today!

MSCA’s Insights into Field Service Software webinar is now available for viewing in your own time. You can access it in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

If you missed the February webinar of Plumbing Service 101, Plumbing Service Business Basics, it is now available in both MSCA’s Resource Center and in Archived Webinars. Each module consists of a 60-minute webinar and corresponding workbook. Webinars and workbooks are free to MSCA/MCAA members.

For a Limited Time Only – you can enroll in the highly regarded MSCA Sales Masters Training Program without taking the prerequisite Sales Leadership Symposium.

Register for the MSCA Sales Basecamp for new or entry-level sales personnel. Classes fill up fast! The program will be held May 1-2 in Philadelphia, PA.